Bob Johns was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and began working in his father’s auto repair shop at the age of twelve, which fueled his interest in racing. By age nineteen, he was full-fledged, fast-car crazy. In fact, he attended the last two original-course races at Watkins Glen in 1951 and 1952. These races instilled in him the auto racing fever, which had to be satiated. “Watkins Glen, aka ‘The Glen’ is located near the town of Watkins Glen, New York, on the southern tip of Seneca Lake. Initially, the 6.6-mile course used public roads driving through the heart of the village with spectators lining the sidewalks. After a car left the road in the 1952 race killing one spectator and injuring several others, the race was relocated to a hilltop southwest of town. In 1956 a permanent circuit for the race was built. The track has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including Formula 1, The World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the IndyCar Series.
Read more in the TRA National Newsletter Issue# 128.
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