Porsche Featured Marque for 2006 Grand Prix Festival

The 2006 Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company promises to continue the tradition of road racing in Watkins Glen, a village respected among real "car people" as the American Mecca for the sport. Each year, on the Friday before the race weekend, the festival serves as the kickoff event for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, and celebrates the community's rich road racing heritage.

This year, the festival's featured marque car is the Porsche. As the village turns into heaven for sports car enthusiasts, Porsche owners and wanna-be owners will feel particularly blessed! One of five now sold-out sports car events, the Tour de Marque presented by Watkins Glen International, features a road rallye and parade style laps of the original 6.6 mile course just for Porsches. Festival goers can view the Porsche parade through the streets of Watkins Glen starting at approximately 1:15 p.m. as Franklin Street closes for regular traffic. After the parade laps, the Porsches will park in Lafayette Park on display for the rest of the day.

Another treat will be some very special display cars organized by Porsche Club of America member Prescott Kelly in cooperation with a variety of Eastern Porsche Clubs. Three "street" Porsches representing different eras will be parked on display at the Courthouse lawn. The collection includes a 1959 356A Coupe owned by Bill Noroski of Syracuse and the Central NY Regional Porsche Club of America (PCA), a 1973 911 Carrera RS owned by Bob Newman of NYC and Roxbury, CT and the Metro NY Region PCA, and a 2006 997 Club Coupe owned by Botho von Bose of Toronto, Ontario and the Upper Canada Region PCA.

Three racing Porsches will be on display adjacent to the Chemung Canal Trust Concours de'Elegance at the State Park parking lot along Franklin Street. This collection will include a 1964 904 GTS owned by Joe Buzzetta of St. James, NY and the Metro Region PCA, another Bob Newman car - a 1972 911 ST 2.5-litre, and a 1986 Fabcar-Porsche Camel GT Lights car owned by Bruce Duff of Greenville, DE and the Riesentotor Region PCA.

The highlight of the day will be the Zippo Grand Prix Race Reenactment staged by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA). The SVRA race cars from Watkins Glen International will roar into town and park on Franklin Street for display at 4:30 p.m. Reenactments start at 6:00 p.m. after a rousing "Driver's Meeting" and Pre-race Ceremonies at the original Start/Finish line across from the Courthouse. The day will be capped off by fireworks in the gorge entrance at 9:00 p.m.

Sports Car enthusiasts and especially Porsche enthusiasts won't want to miss this year's Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen. Grab the family and the camera and head to Watkins Glen on Friday, September 8th and "Return to the Streets of The Glen!"

For the latest festival information, contact Watkins Glen Promotions at (607) 535-3003 or go to www.grandprixfestival.com

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