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Remembering Sam and Miles Collier at Watkins Glen
Sam and Miles Collier were two very significant figures in the early days of racing MGs, and the sports car movement in the US which began in the 1930's. They both raced MGTCs in the inaugural 1948 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, and Miles Collier won the event in 1949. But Sam died at Watkins Glen racing a Ferrari in the 1950 Grand Prix. Miles then died in 1954 from polio. On September 13, 1954 a large granite stone memorial was dedicated to the two brothers, at the point on the Watkins Glen road coarse where Sam's car left the road and crashed.
Also in memory of them the SCCA started the "Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy MG Race" in 1954, and SVRA started the "Collier Cup" race for vintage MGs in 1985. The weekend of September 10-12 at SVRA's "Zippo Vintage Grand Prix" at WGI, the 50th anniversary of the Collier Trophy is being celebrated, where over 130 MGs will be racing in the Collier Cup. And in remembering these MG racing pioneers - and the roots of MG racing in North America - the "MG Vintage Racers" will hold a brief ceremony at the brother's stone memorial.
At 12:30PM on Thursday, September 9th, MGVR representative Bob Schoeplein will conduct a brief ceremony there - about 15 minutes - remembering Sam and Miles Collier (directions for the location below). The MG Vintage Racers will place a floral wreath there, as will the "International Motor Racing Research Center of Watkins Glen". A few select MG race cars will be at the ceremony.
Also at the ceremony will be: Bill Green, Watkins Glen Research Center Historian; Julie Giese, Direct of Public Relations of Watkins Glen International; Greg Prehodka and Mark Palmer of the MG vintage Racers, and a representative from SVRA. Anyone is welcome to attend.
DIRECTIONS TO THE COLLIER BROTHERS MEMORIAL STONE:
There is no formal parking area here. The road in front of the memorial stone is very lightly traveled, and parking is permitted on the shoulders at either side of the road.
August 19, 2004
"The Past Racing Into The Future"
Online Editor: Christopher Kintner
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