The Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International is hailed as the largest vintage racing weekend in America. This year the event showcased the 40th anniversary of the debut of two great racing series at The Glen, the thundering SCCA Can-AM Challenge and the muscle cars of the SCCA Trans-Am. As an added bonus, there are various automotive activities held throughout the weekend such as a concours, race re-enactment, and an antique car show held on the infield during the weekend. Fans were treated to garage, paddock and grandstand access each day and had several opportunities to speak with accomplished endurance driver Derek Bell. A total of 487 vintage and historic cars provided vintage race fans with plenty of on-track excitement throughout the weekend.
The antique car show had cars of many different makes and models gracing the infield and surrounded by racing action. A very attractive Stutz Model AA Black Hawk was on location. A short time after it visited this event, it traveled to the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance where it participated in the celebration of The Cars of Indianapolis. The Stutz marque has always been known for their performance, a tradition that began with the earliest Stutz automobile. It was debuted at the Indianapolis 500 where it finished the race after 442 minutes in a very impressive eleventh place. And thus, the company was born.
Another very impressive and elegant vehicle on display was the 1930 Riley-Ford Racer Special. This Ford-Riley Special was one of several cars that took part in 'The Great American Race' rally sponsored by The History Channel. The vehicle was able to travel the two-week, 4000 mile rally race across America.
Other cars in attendance included those from American and European production. When spectators were able to break themselves away from the exciting activity on the track, the antique car show was an excellent distraction.
Watkins Glen International celebrated the 50th anniversary of road racing in Watkins Glen during the 1998 racing season. Throughout fifty years of change, Watkins Glen has embodied more than giant crowds and great speeds. The racing community continues to return to Watkins Glen for broader reasons. Watkins Glen has become a racing institution, the premier road racing facility in the United States.