September 2017 Since 1993, the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company has celebrated the heritage of motor racing. This year, the Grand Prix drew an estimated 25,000 spectators. As in previous years, a tribute to the Grand Prix races are featured in a variety of events during this all day festival. Events included the Walk of Fame award ceremony, a historical lecture called The Legends Speak, a pre-race Tech Inspection at Smalley's Garage, as well as several rolling events and two car shows known as the Stone Bridge Driver Events.
The featured highlight of the Festival was a tribute to the original Grand Prix races using the original 6.6 mile road course. Always a crowd pleaser, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute is designed to recreate the ambiance of the 1948-52 Watkins Glen street races. The race tribute is open to selected Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) cars participating in the The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix races held at the nearby Watkins Glen International race course on the same weekend as the festival.