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At an art reception last winter, a visitor asked me if I had ever considered doing a mural. The more I thought about it, the more appealing it sounded to create a large outdoor painting in Watkins Glen that accurately reflects the early days of the sport. 
Recently, the Watkins Glen Village Trustees approved plans for the
construction of a mural depicting the inaugural 1948 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. 


This 14' by 18' painting features Bill Milliken in his Bugatti Type 35-A. Bill himself came up with the title "A TRIBUTE TO AN ERA" saying that the mural shouldn't be just about him .It is located on the East side of North Franklin Street between the Glen Mountain Cafe and the Salt of the Earth Gallery. Anyone entering the village from the North is able to clearly view the mural. Things have come together quickly, with donations of all the materials needed.

Major Sponsor:
Glenora Wine Cellars and The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

Steve Andrus
(pressure washer)

Vine City Supply, Hammondsport N.Y.
( Valspar paints)
Knapp & Schlappi Lumber Co., Penn Yan, N.Y.
(Amstone Surface -Bonding Cement)

Carey's Rental Outlet, Penn Yan, N.Y.


Glen Mountain Market, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
(water and funding to help offset travel costs)

Here is a calendar of my progress:

June 26 Steve Andrus and I wash the wall with his 3000 psi. pressure Washer.

June 27 Joe Cacciola and I repair all cement block mortar joints.


June 28 Joe and I apply a layer of Amstone white surface- bonding cement.


July 12 photo courtesy of Clark W. Day Photo-Graphics, Montgomery Village, MD.


July 15


July 23

July 30
I am very pleased with the Valspar paints. I find them extremely easy to use. The cement-fiberglass wall
(surface bonding cement) is ideal, because it has just the right texture and the paint really grips well
and covers on the first coat. The wall gets no direct sun until late in the afternoon. ideal for the life of the paint and painter!


Bill Milliken and I  with finished mural "A TRIBUTE TO AN ERA"

To view or order a print the original painting that inspired the mural click here.