The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Watkins Glen Grand Prix


Road racing came to Watkins Glen in 1948 by way of Cameron Argetsinge­r, a student at Cornell University who often stayed at his father’s summer home on Seneca Lake. Argetsinge­r proposed an amateur road race, “Watkins Glen Grand Prix” to

Chamber of Commerce. He mapped a 6.6-mile course using paved roads with a short dirt and gravel stretch.

On Oct. 2, 1948, 15 cars started the 8-lap, 52.8-mile Grand Prix, with Frank Griswold winning in a prewar Alfa Romeo 8C2900 coupe, followed by Briggs Cunningham in his famous Bu-merc. Other ntrants included William “Bill” Milliken, who rolled his Bugatti 35 in qualifying, giving “Milliken’s Corner” its name. Charles Addams, cartoonist who created the Addams family, was entered, along with Miles and Sam Collier, major figures in the history of American road racing.

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