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The official start to a day of racing includes a tech inspection of the race car. Smalley's Garage was the site for Tech Inspection from the very first race in 1948. Therefore, the way to start the day at the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen is to visit Smalley's Garage to observe the Tech Inspection reenactment for SVRA cars. For a quick overview, here is a small pictorial sample of previous year's Tech Inspection Reenactments.
As always, Smalley's Garage will have their doors open, with vintage racing memorabilia, photos and plenty of stories and reminiscences. Check out Smalley Lane, behind the garage, which is the original site of Tech Inspection with Flossie Smalley.
On Franklin Street, between 11th & 12th street, Watkins Glen.
Time: Tech Inspection Reenactment - 9:30am - Open until 5:00pm for Tours and Memorabilia Viewing
Cost: Free to the public.
The race cars at Smalley's will be supplied exclusively by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, the sponsor of this event.
Playing 'Flossie Smalley' this year is Mrs. Anne Bialke of Trumansburg, NY.
Notice in the pictorial sample, some shots of Adele Sautter (who has since passed away) appearing in the role of Chief Tech Inspector Flossie Smalley. The annual reenactment of Tech Inspection is now in honor of Flossie Smalley and Adele Sauter. Two great women who were both heavily involved in the automobile trade.
For more specific information, contact:
Dave Tobin at 651-216-1265 or email