This year the NEQ's Watkin's Glen I Driving School on July 18-19 follows the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Come for the wine fest and stay to drive with the NEQ!
Watkins Glen is one of the premier race tracks in the world. The list of legendary drivers that have graced the streets of Watkins Glen and the twists of Watkins Glen International is nearly second to none. The stars of all forms of racing – F1, IRL, sports car, open-wheel, and stock car – have come to The Glen for 60 years and many have left their mark on its history. The track is about three and a half miles long, with eleven turns and several impressive uphill and downhill sections and is known for its challenging elevation changes. The track is situated high on a hillside, with expansive views of Seneca Lake.
The town of Watkins Glen sits at the foot of Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of New York’s Finger Lakes, in the very middle of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Immediately to the north of the town, on either side of the lake, there are dozens of vineyards each with its own shops with free wine tastings. There are also spas, shopping and museums in the area for spouses who might want to make the trip but not spend a lot of time at the track.
Registration and Tech inspection will take place at the Seneca Lodge on Sunday evening, 7/17 from 3 PM until 6 PM. While this is the preferred option, Tech will also be open Monday morning at the track but timing will be critical, so come Sunday afternoon, relax, check out the other cars and meet your fellow drivers.
The banquet will again be at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and will again be the Seneca Harbor Dinner Buffet (deluxe version) and includes a one hour open bar for beer and wine (mixed drinks are available).
Rooms are also available; starting at $129 for a village view and $149 for a lake view. This is a special rate for track clubs and you must ask for the "Watkins Glen Car Club" rate.
For more information on the hotel, rooms, services, or the buffet, please visit their website: www.watkinsglenharborhotel.com.