The Brumos dealership would change hands in 1990 and the new owners revived Brumos Racing with the objective to race the cars it sold. Enter the 1991 Porsche 964 S2 Turbo Supercar designed to compete in IMSA’s Bridgestone Supercar series. These races were aimed at upper end cars available at dealerships, all running on the same Bridgestone tires. Held in support of IMSA GT races, they attracted the best in pro and amateur racers alike. Porsche had noted tuner ANDIAL construct 20 Homologation Specials. Upgraded engine components pushed horsepower north of the 320 HP mark. With drivers Hurley Haywood, Hans Stuck, Joe Varde and Walter Rohrl handling the pilot duties, the Brumos cars would go on to an impressive string of finishes, helping Porsche win the manufacturers’ series championship for three straight years against the best cars other manufacturers and teams could field, a very enviable record.
At the end of your walk through the Porsche section, a staircase leads up to a mezzanine where a replica Benz Patent-Motorwagen is housed further adding to the journey you have taken through automotive history. From here you have an aerial view of both sections. Prominently displayed on the wall above the stairs is a Porsche 917 prototype frame that once underpinned the Brumos Collection’s 917K. It is a piece of art unto itself. The stairs’ Newel posts are fashioned from four 911 crankshafts, just another indication of the thought and effort went into the Museum. At the foot of the stairs is a shop selling various items celebrating the Brumos Collection.
As of this writing (March 9, 2020), the Brumos Collection Museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is $19.99 with discounts for Children, Seniors and active Military Personnel. Timed tickets are purchased in advance on the website https://thebrumoscollection.com/ , which also contains additional details. Tours are available if desired. The Museum is located near J Butler Boulevard, Florida Route 202 in Jacksonville, Florida, about a half hour Southeast of the Jacksonville International Airport and a little over two hours North of the Orlando International Airport.
Acknowledgement: The authors thank those who made our trip to The Brumos Collection so memorable including Brandon Starks, Executive Director, Toni Boudreax-Godwin, Director of Operations, and Jeff Perlman of the Dalton Agency. Thanks also to “Vintage Road & Racecar” Editor Casey Annis, for his efforts in putting together our visit.