Autocross Event to Support Center for Mark Twain Studies

May 27 2016
Category: Twain

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America, hosted an autocross event on Saturday, May 28 at the Murray Athletic Center, in support of the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College.

The event, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., was open to drivers at any level of ability and is a chance to learn the fundamentals of car control. Autocross events emphasize driver skill and vehicle handling, allowing participants a chance to drive their car at a more aggressive pace on a closed course.  Registration was open 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., the day of the event, and was $30 for BMWCCA members and $40 for non-members.  Additional autocross details can be found online at gvc-bmwcca.org

Proceeds from the event benefit the Michael J. Kiskis Memorial Endowed Fund at the Center for Mark Twain Studies.  Dr. Kiskis, a Leonard Tydings Grant Professor of American Literature at Elmira College and international Twain scholar, was also a member of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America, and had a fondness for BMW’s and high performance driving.  Following his death in May 2011, the Michael J. Kiskis Memorial Endowed Fund was established through the Center for Mark Twain Studies to support Mark Twain Studies scholarship associated with Quarry Farm.

About the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America
The BMW Car Club of America Genesee Valley Chapter is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1981, that serves BMW car enthusiasts throughout western New York State, including Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, and Corning. The GVC BMW car club hosts a variety of educational, social, driving skill, and charity events throughout the year, and provides a venue for members to share information, stories, and memories related to BMW automobiles. 

About the Center for Mark Twain Studies
The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies was founded in January 1983 with the gift of Quarry Farm to Elmira College by Jervis and Irene Langdon, the great-grand-nephew (and his wife) of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The Center offers distinctive programs to foster and support Mark Twain scholarship and to strengthen the teaching of Mark Twain at all academic levels. The Center serves the Elmira College community and regional, national, and international students and scholars of Mark Twain.