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Monday, March 11, 2013

One Book Bradford
A Day at the Races

By SANDRA RHODES

Racing enthusiasts will be able to enjoy life in the fast lane Saturday at the Bradford Area Public Library.

That is when two racing simulators from Watkins Glen International will be set up for tests drives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This "Day at the Races" event is part of this year's One Book Bradford season.

The NASCAR simulators, brought to Bradford through assistance by Zippo Manufacturing Co., challenge drivers with the twists and turns of The Glen that they can experience first hand.

The day will also include a variety of children's activities, such as scooter races, and a showing of "Senna," an award-winning documentary about Ayrton Senna da Silva, a Formula One racing champion from Brazil, who died in during a race in 1994 and is featured prominently in this year's OBB book, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.

The documentary will begin at 12:30 p.m. Popcorn will be available.

Weather permitting, a pace car from Watkins Glen International will be set up outside for visitors to enjoy and for possible photo opportunities.

All "Day at the Races" events are free and open to the public.

"We are very excited to be able to bring the simulators here to the library," said OBB chairwoman Pat Shinaberger. "We are eternally grateful to ZIppo for their assistance in developing what is sure to be a fabulous and fun day."

"Committee members can't wait to get behind the wheel of these simulators themselves, but rest assured, there will be plenty of time for all to experience the thrill of being a NASCAR driver, if even for just a little while."

OBB, a community-wide reading initiative, involves encouraging area readers to read one book, which is then highlighted in a variety of events, which culminate in a visit by the author.

Stein will be in Bradford to speak about his book at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Bradford Area High School auditorium. That event is also free and open to the public.

Photos courtesy of Zippo Manufacturing Co.

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