World War II was over, spirits were high, and the sport of road racing was about to begin again in America. The Sports Car Club of America, formed in 1944, became the primary organiser of road racing in the years following the end of World War Two, although being involved in this sport had not been the original intention of the club. After the war ended, it soon became apparent that the pre-war race-managing group, the Automobile Racing Club of America, would not be continuing in that role. This led former ARCA members and war veterans with an interest in road racing to join the SCCA and begin a campaign to urge the new club to revive the sport. Their idea was to use the ARCA model of amateur road racing as a pattern to start up the activity again. Their efforts culminated with the reintroduction of road racing in the United States by the SCCA at Watkins Glen, New York on October 2, 1948. The popularity of the sport exploded over the next few years and the racers and organisers struggled to keep up with the rapid changes. The challenges of initiating, staging, organizing and managing the races led to many conflicts and disagreements among the various participants, key players and clubs as they struggled to control the activity while having differing visions and goals for the sport. By year-end 1950 the sport extended across the nation with major events held at Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton in New York, Palm Beach Shores and Sebring in Florida, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and Pebble Beach, California as well as numerous other venues scattered around the country. Among the drivers who rapidly became stars in the reinvigorated sport were Briggs Cunningham, Miles and Sam Collier, Jim Kimberly, Erwin Goldschmidt, Phil Hill, John Von Neumann and George Weaver, all of whom achieved success in those years. This is a dramatic story of speed, competition, experi-mentation and success. Compiled from the original records of the participants, clubs and organisations, the story is presented with the accuracy and immediacy of first-hand experience. The text is enriched with more than 600 historic photographs of the cars such as Alfa Romeo, Allard, Bentley, Ferrari Jaguar, BNC, Bugatti, Maserati, MG, drivers and events, many never before published, and race results charts. This is an account of ventures risked and success achieved, capturing in authoritative detail the revival of road racing in America.
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