The story of American automobile racing is an interesting, often fascinating one. Any of its facets - road racing, racing on oval tracks (of brick, wood, or dirt), drag racing, or sports car racing would fill a volume by itself. So would the tales of the early racing cars, the Indianapolis cars, sprint cars, midgets, dragsters, sports cars, and all the rest. It is not of these that John Rueter writes, however, but about a small, obscure, almost forgotten group—its men, its cars, and its races. Its name was the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), and it kept alive, during the nineteen-thirties, the almost extinguished spark of road and sports car racing. It tended and nurtured this spark to such good effect that finally this sports car racing burst back into the full flame. Road racing had been, to all intents and purposes, defunct for years before the advent of the ARCA (first called the Overlook Automobile Racing Club) in 1929. The country was in the depths of a severe depression, and it was certainly not the time for the resurgence of the sport on a commercial basis. It did enjoy a revival, however, when started on a small scale by dedicated enthusiasts who could afford the time and money for a minor fling at road racing on inexpensive circuits. As the Club matured, they even procured the use of public roads for their hobby, which allowed the entrants to run a varied mix of cars from: prewar Alfa Romeos, Austins, Bugattis, MGs, Rileys, Delage and Maseratis. The purpose of the ARCA was to encourage road racing, as opposed to professionalised track racing, with the idea that this type of racing not only demands a greater skill from the participant, with a consequent addition in interest for the spectator, but that it also develops a breed of automobile which brings racing into the sphere of the amateur sportsman. The ultimate object of the Club was not so much specifically to foster road and semistock car races, as it was to interest amateur sportsmen in a field which offers as much as polo, bobsledding, and flying combined. Although the Club had its life cut short by the outbreak of World War II, its contributions to automobile road racing in this country, have endured. Complementing his text with historic illustrations, John Rueter has traced these contributions in a manner both interesting and informative.