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The Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame was established in 1993 by the Watkins Glen Historic Racing Committee with support from the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen International to honor the drivers who have competed on the Glen's world-famous circuit since 1948.

The International Motor Racing Research Center helps the Historic Racing Committee develop the inscription for the Walk of Fame markers. The majority of markers are located in the east and west sidewalks along Franklin Street. All the markers in the Walk of Fame are sponsored by private donations.

To be considered for induction into the Walk of Fame, the driver must have driven a race car in competition at one of the four race courses used at the Glen since 1948. The first person inducted into the Walk of Fame was the gentleman whose vision it was to bring racing to Watkins Glen, Cameron Argetsinger. His block was placed in the Drivers Walk of Fame at the original racing start-finish line in front of the Schuyler County Court House in 1993.

Each September the Watkins Glen Historic Racing Committee adds from three to six new drivers to the Walk of Fame, inducting them at the annual Grand Prix Festival the first Friday after Labor Day.

A tour of the Drivers Walk of Fame is a walk through racing history. It is at the Glen that road racing had its rebirth in 1948, and since that time it has been known as the Home of Road Racing in America. The Walk of Fame in front of the Court House is reserved for those drivers who competed from those early street races, from 1948 to 1952.

Begin your tour at Smalley’s Garage at 204 S. Franklin St., where race cars had to pass inspection before being allowed to compete. Proceed north to the Court House and follow the path almost to Seneca Lake before crossing Franklin Street and enjoying the names on the west side. A few drivers are honored with markers at the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur St.

This list is updated through those inducted at the 2016 Grand Prix Festival. The year in parentheses is the year of induction. Click here to download a printable PDF file.

EAST SIDE OF FRANKLIN STREET – south to north

SMALLEY’S GARAGE - 204 S. Franklin St. 
Lester Smalley (2001)
Frank DeSarno (2003)
George Harris (2006)
Phil Kelley (2007)
Norm Evendon (2007)
Mike and Neil Wiernicki (2007)
Ed Licht (2009) 

SENECA LODGE SIGN / GLEN CREEK BRIDGE
Bob Tullius (1999)
Richard Mooney (2008)
Janet Guthrie (2008)
Davy Jones (2016)
 
WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK EAST SIDE
Bob Bucher (1996)
Giles Villeneuve (1999)
Alan Kulwicki (2001)
Ron Levanduski (2014)
 
START / FINISH LINE - SCHUYLER COUNTY COURT HOUSE
CAMERON ARGETSINGER (1993), founder and organizer of Watkins Glen racing
Miles Collier (1994)
Denver Cornett (1994)
Samuel Carnes Collier (1995)
Tommy Cole (1998)
Erwin Goldschmidt (2000)
Rowland Keith (2001)
 
ELMIRA SAVINGS BANK
Walter Hansgen (1997)
Gus Erhman (2004)
Ed Hugus (2004)
Vic Franzese (2005)
Michael Argetsinger (2009)
 
FORMER NYSEG BUILDING / SPECCHIO FORD
Briggs S. Cunningham (1995)
Phil Hill (1996), 1961 World Champion
Jackie Stewart (1997)
Francois Cevert (1998)
Jim Clark (1999)
Dan Gurney (1999)
John Fitch (2000)
James Hunt (2001)
Niki Lauda (2001)
Tommy Kendall (2003)
Jochen Rindt (2003)
Bobby Rahal (2004)
Vic Elford (2005)
Bob Holbert (2005)
Bob Sharp (2005)
Bob Akin (2006)
Derek Bell (2006)
Innes Ireland (2007)
Hal Keck (2007)
Oscar Koveleski (2007)
John Watson (2007)
Carlos Reuteman (2008)
Elliott Forbes Robinson (2008)
Alan Jones (2009)
Parnelli Jones (2009)
Lyn St. James (2009)
Lucien Bianchi (2013)
Jacky Ickx (2013)
Bob Bondurant (2014)
Dr. MRJ Wylie (2014)
Zora Arkus-Duntov (2016)
Roger Penske (2016)
 
U.S. POST OFFICE
Sherm Decker (1996)
Gary Morgan (2006)
Charles Kreuger (2010)
Phil Henderson (2012)
Dave Ash (2013)
Beulah Bailey (2013)
John Magee (2014)
George Morris (2014)
Warren Agor (2015)
Fred Allen (2015) 
Richie Evans (2015)
David Wild (2015)
John Cordts (2016)
Bishop I. Hines Jr. (2016)
David O. Saville-Peck (2016)
 
MAGUIRE CHRYSLER
Lee Petty (1997)
Richard Cosgrove (2002)
Bill Sadler (2004) 
Tommy Hoan (2007) 

FAMOUS BRANDS
Chris Amon (2005)
Denis Hulme (2005)
Bruce McLaren (2005)
Peter Revson (2008)
Peter Argetsinger (2012)
 
CHEMUNG CANAL TRUST CO.
Scott Welliver (2016)

VILLAGER MOTEL - 4TH STREET
Mark Donohue (1999)

O’SHAUGHNESSY’S ANTIQUES
Emerson Fittipaldi (2000)

WATKINS GLEN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Bobby Brown (2013)
John Surtees (2013)
 
UNIQUE COUNTRY BOUTIQUE
Rusty Wallace (2014)

GLEN MOUNTAIN MARKET
Richard Petty (1994)
Brian Redman (1995)
 
THE GLEN THEATER
Jack Brabham (2000)
Paul Newman (2008)
Dave Garroway (2008)
 
HOUSE OF HONG
Denise McCluggage (1999)

HOARE MEMORIALS
Jo Bonnier (2002)
Haig Ksayian (2002)
 
WATKINS GLEN WINE & SPIRITS
Sherwood Johnston (1999)

WEST SIDE OF FRANKLIN STREET – north to south

ROOSTER FISH BREWING CO.  
Bobby Allison (1996)
Dale Earnhardt (2001)
 
CAR QUEST
Al Holbert (1997)

FRANKLIN STREET GALLERY
Graham Hill (1995)

CROOKED ROOSTER
Stirling Moss (1998)

THE WILDFLOWER CAFE
Augie Pabst (1998)

WATKINS GLEN VILLAGE HALL
J. Robert Henderson (2000)

MILLIKEN’S CORNER
William Milliken (1994)

BLEACHERS RESTAURANT
George Weaver (1995)

SAVARD’S FAMILY RESTAURANT
Ronnie Petersen (2003)

START/FINISH LINE-SCHUYLER COUNTY COURT HOUSE
William Spear (1997)
Phil Walters (1996)
Frank Griswold (1998), winner of the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix in 1948
Otto Linton (2002)
George Caswell (2003)
Dr. Richard Thompson (2003)
 
WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK
Mario Andretti (1998), 1978 World Champion

INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RACING RESEARCH CENTER
610 DECATUR STREET
Sam Posey (2007)
George Constantine (2008)
Pedro Rodriguez (2009)
George Follmer (2009)
A.J. Foyt (2010)
Jon McKnight (2011)
Masten Gregory (2012)
Tony Adamowicz (2015) 
Roberto Guerrero (2016)

To learn more about these great drivers and about the history of racing at Watkins Glen, you are encouraged to visit the International Motor Racing Research Center. There you will find information, biographies, photos, memorabilia, historic automobiles, models and books depicting the history of motorsports of all series and all venues worldwide and, of course, the rich heritage of racing in Watkins Glen.

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