Grand Prix Race Tribute, The Legends Speak

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An interactive panel discussion with selected racing legends of the Glen.
For a quick overview, here is a small pictorial sample of a previous year's event.

Lafayette Park, 4th St., Watkins Glen.

Time: 3:00pm

Cost: No Cost

The Speakers:

NOTE: These were the speakers for 2018. Information for 2019 will be posted in August.

Legends speakers are all experts about racing and will enjoy sharing their insights with you, so join us at Lafayette Park on Fourth Street, at 3 p.m.

    The 2018 Legends Speak honors David Hobbs

  • Legends Speak brings together some of racing history’s best drivers, engineers and motorsports personalities to tell their stories and answer your questions. Legends Speak always delivers a good time and great memories.


    A life long motorsports fan, Dave’s 35 year professional career was spent teaching at the University of Pittsburg, Johnstown. Dave also ran the Watkins Glen Racing Museum for almost 20 years. Dave will be moderating the Legends Speak program for the 3rd consecutive year.


    In a driving career that spanned three decades, David Hobbs was one of the most versatile drivers of his era. He competed in Formula One, ran the Indianapolis 500 on 4 occasions scoring a top 5 in 1974 and ran in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans 20 times with class victories coming 20 years apart in 1962 and 1982! In US sports car racing, Hobbs competed in the legendary Can-Am series as well as Formula 5000 – 2 of the most exciting series ever run in this country. He also spent much of the 1976 season racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

    Stepping out from behind the wheel Hobbs transitioned into broadcasting with all the skill and versatility he displayed as a driver. He quickly became a fan favorite doing F1 broadcasts as well as other events. His dry, biting wit set him apart from the rank and file commentators and while his F1 broadcasting days have apparently come to an end, fans still take any opportunity to thank him for making F1 “Must See TV”

    Now a respected writer, David will be selling and autographing copies of his new autobiography. “Hobbo” immediately following the Legends Speak program


    In 1983 Davy Jones finished 3rd in the British Formula Three Championship behind the legendary Ayrton Senna and future F1 driver, Martin Brundle. This began a career that spanned the 1980’s, 90’s and into 2000. Another extremely versatile driver, Jones has competed in the New Zealand Formula Atlantic Championship, IMSA, American open wheel racing with both the CART and Indy Racing League series…with a 2nd place finish in the 1996 Indianapolis 500. Jones ran the 24 Hours of Le Mans 5 times, winning the event in 1996 for Joest Racing in a Porsche. Davy has also competed in both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as well as the Craftsman Truck Series in the mid 1990’s.

    Of particular note to this special Watkins Glen historic weekend, Davy ran the fastest lap in Watkins Glen track history (and any road course in North America) in 1992 averaging 150.335 MPH on the WG short course including the Inner Loop driving a Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJR14 IMSA GTP car.

    Mr. Jones keeps busy today with speaking engagements, advising and instructing racers, and launching new up-market vehicles. A native of Central New York, Festival weekend is a homecoming of sorts for Davy.. We invite all his fans to come to Legends Speak and say Hi!


    It all started /June 21, 1963 at the Brewerton Speedway for Ken. That wonderful and exciting day was the beginning of his collection of auto racing history. Over the years, Ken has traveled from sea to shining sea and chronicled hundreds, if not thousands of racing events. Ken has written extensively and spoken at a wide variety of auto institutions, including the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Ken makes history come alive! With Jaguar being the featured marque at this year’s Festival, Ken will be offering a retrospective of Jaguar in racing especially as it relates to racing at Watkins Glen.

  • The Legends Speak is sponsored by the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

For more specific information, contact:
Kip Zeiter at 607-535-9044 or email

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