Watkins Glen NY (July 27, 2000) - Renown artist Nic Watts in conjunction with Classical Impressions and Watkins Glen International will be hosting a very rare exhibition during Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend at The Glen. He will be bringing many exclusive paintings he has done to be put on display.

The exhibition will include several paintings, sketches, color visuals and pencil drawings of historic Formula One and Sports Car races. Many of the works have been signed by the drivers and racing personalities. It is expected that there will be over 60 originals including 4 to 5 fresh pieces Watts is currently working on. Many of the pieces will be available for purchase exclusively during the exhibition at Watkins Glen during Zippo weekend, September 8 -10.

"This is the first time that such a vast collection of never before seen prints by Nicholas Watts will be gathered in the United States," said Jack Webster of Classical Impressions. "An exhibition this large has never before been done in the United States. Watts will have over 60 pieces to view and purchase."

His work is known world wide and is represented in collections in Great Britain and many other countries. He has worked to recreate the history of Watkins Glen and the historic pride that has been felt throughout the racing past by producing several original works depicting scenes and great drivers from The Glen. Many of these paintings have been featured on Watkins Glen souvenir event programs.

"Watkins Glen International is proud and honored to be the site of this gathering of great art," Roger Curtis, General Manager of Marketing and Sales said. "This will be a great opportunity for the casual motorsports art collector as well as the art connoisseur to view and own a masterpiece."

Watts from England where he was taught to be an engineering draftsman. While teaching himself how to draw, he was drawn toward racing and race cars. In most of his works, he uses watercolors and gouache to create his marvelous works of art. His painting style would be characterized as expertly depicting historic race scenes, many of which are from Watkins Glen.

In addition, Classic Impressions will be completing a catalogue with almost all of the art that Watts' will be sending over to the exhibition and the catalogue will be available during the Zippo weekend.

Tickets for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend are now available. For ticket, camping and additional information, contact the ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official web site at www.theglen.com.