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The official start to a day of racing includes a tech inspection of the race car. Smalley's Garage was the site for Tech Inspection from the very first race in 1948. Therefore, the way to start the day at the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen is to visit Smalley's Garage to observe the Tech Inspection reenactment for SVRA cars. For a quick overview, here is a small pictorial sample of previous year's Tech Inspection Reenactments.
For 2015 Tech Inspection will take a slightly different format. Denver Cornett III will be displaying his father's - Denver Cornett - 1947 MG TC #7, a car that was raced continuously at Watkins Glen and elsewhere from that first US race until his retirement from racing. It still appears annually at the Festival, and Denny will discuss the car and his father's history. Joining the discussion will be Otto Linton and son Roger, to share Otto's driving history. Otto is the remaining driver of those that raced in 1948 at Watkins Glen, and who have attended the Festival since the early days.
As always, Smalley's Garage will have their doors open, with vintage racing memorabilia, photos and plenty of stories and reminiscences. Check out Smalley Lane, behind the garage, which is the original site of Tech Inspection with Flossie Smalley.
On Franklin Street, between 11th & 12th street, Watkins Glen.
Time: Tech Inspection Reenactment - 9:30am - Open until 5:00pm for Tours and Memorabilia Viewing
Cost: Free to the public.
Appearing: Notice in the pictorial sample, some shots of Adele Sautter (who has since passed away) appearing in the role of Chief Tech Inspector Flossie Smalley. The annual reenactment of Tech Inspection is now in honor of Flossie Smalley and Adele Sauter. Two great women who were both heavily involved in the automobile trade. Flossie Smalley is now portrayed by Jennifer Sweet.
For more specific information, contact:
Joe Place at 607-734-1086 or email