The first serious attempt to revive sports car racing in the U.S. after WWII was at Watkins Glen, NY in 1948. Here the cars lined up, side-by-side, on the main street of this Finger Lakes resort town for the start of the race on public streets. For the first few years, they ran the race on a 6.6-mile course through the town. Many of the ARCA competitors came there to race and formed the Sports Car Club of America to sanction events. After a spectator fatality in 1952, they set a new course up outside of town, also using existing roads.
In 1956, they unveiled a permanent course, and the track is one of the premier racing facilities in the world. They still use Watkins Glen today as a major road course race on the NASCAR circuit.
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.