Sports car racing legend, engineer and innovator John Cooper Fitch will be the subject of a Center Conversations talk May 6 at the International Motor Racing Research Center, located at 610 S. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
“The Exciting Life of John C. Fitch” will be presented at 1 p.m. by Fitch historian and archivist Lawrence W. Berman and Fitch friend Bob Sirna, and Fitch’s 1966 Corvair-based Phoenix prototype will be on display.
The talk is sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and is open to all, with a $5 donation requested to help defray costs.
“We are delighted to have Larry Berman, a leading expert on Fitch’s career, and Bob Sirna, who traveled for many years with Fitch, provide their unique perspectives on his remarkable life and contributions to racing,” said IMRRC Archivist Jenny Ambrose.
The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center’s website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/. The talk also will be archived on the Center’s You Tube channel to watch in the future.
The Racing Research Center, a motorsports archival and research library, houses a significant collection of Fitch materials, including his own archives donated late last year by his sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch. Berman facilitated the donation.
For more information about the work of the International Motor Racing Research Center, please visit www.racingarchives.org.