Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

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, did try 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 like 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 actually competed in ARCA races and are largely unrestored.