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Automobile Racing Club of America

Despite an active program before WWI, there was virtually no organized sports car racing in the U.S. until several years after the Second World War. One group of enthusiasts, however, tried to recreate sports car racing as it was being done in Europe between the wars, where drivers were national heroes and the cars were maneuverable and fast.

A section of our Archives contains personal correspondence between Briggs Cunningham and Miles Collier, one of which contains the quote “Why can’t we race in America as they do over in Europe?” So they did, and together they formed the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and raced primarily European sports cars on roads around their country estates. The cars shown here competed in ARCA races and are mostly unrestored.

Exhibit Automobiles

About the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.

Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.

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