New York Governor's Cup Race Features 60 Cars

Five Different Racing Groups Battle for the Podium in Gatorade Victory Lane


Elliott Forbes-Robinson will serve as the grand marshal for the Governor's Cup which will feature 60 cars from five different groups on Sunday, September 12.


The New York Governor’s Cup race is considered the premier race during the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver McGuire, September 10-12, and once again a field of 60 cars and drivers will race wheel-to-wheel in the hopes of claiming the title.  Fans are guaranteed to see action throughout the field as the top 60 qualifiers from five different car groups push their racing machines to the limit in the hopes of claiming the prestigious trophy on Sunday, September 12. 
 The New York Governor’s Cup is not to be missed by any race fan in attendance.  The excitement will not be limited to the track however as special guest and grand marshal Elliott Forbes-Robinson will say the most famous words in racing, “Drivers, start your engines!” prior to the green flag dropping at 1:30 pm.  The groups scheduled to compete are as follows:

o Group 3: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972 such as the Triumph TR-3, Porsche 356, and Elva Courier.
o Group 4: Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960 from makers such as Maserati, Ferrari, and Lotus.
o Group 5: World Sports Car Championship and World Manufacturer’s Championship GT’s and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972, USRRC sports cars and Can-Am cars as raced before 1969, and front engine “specials” as raced after 1959.  Examples include the Lotus 23, Porsche 904, and Ford GT40.
o Group 6: Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972 such as the corvette, Shelby GT-350, Jaguar XXKE, and Barracuda.
o Group 8: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979 such as the Lotus Super 7, BMW 2002, and Alfa Romeo GTV.

The New York Governor’s Cup will be one of the three “major” races on a day that will feature an incredible 14 races.  The schedule also includes Vintage Enduro Race #2 and the Alfa Romeo feature race which is properly named the Centennial Jubilee (100 Years of Alfa Romeo).  The action on Sunday, September 12 begins at 8:15 am and goes until the final checkered flag falls just after 5:00 pm.  This is the perfect way to bring the 2010 racing season at The Glen to a successful close.

Don’t miss the Chemung Canal Trust Co. Antique Auto Show on Saturday, where fans can display their antique cars in friendly competition and take a parade lap around the historic track on Saturday afternoon.  Tickets for the auto show are $70 and include one three-day general admission ticket, vehicle entry into the show, a parade lap, and a special gift.  Participating cars must be at least 25 years old and the show is limited to the first 400 entries. 

Tickets for the 2010 season finale at Watkins Glen International, the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver-McGuire, September 10-12, are on sale now.  The event continues to be one of the largest vintage events in the United States and will feature Alfa Romeo as the featured marque with Elliott Forbes-Robinson as the special guest and grand marshal.  Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website,  Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.  The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4.

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