Racing Rules America vs. the World

The attached article from the January 19, 1908 Indianapolis Star discusses the state of American racing cars as opposed to those found in Europe. A central theme are the rules used on both sides of the Atlantic. Differing rules packages were the core issue between the Automobile Club of America (ACA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1908 and nearly caused the cancellation of the Vanderbilt Cup for the second year in a row.
This proved to the single biggest racing controversy of 1908 as the ACA and the AAA battled throughout most of the year for supremacy in governing American auto races. In the end the AAA won the right to govern all races deemed domestic and the ACA secured responsbility as the primary conduit with the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the right to organize all international races in American, primarily the Grand Prize.
The primary difference between the two rules packages was that the FIA moved in the direction of setting cylinder capacity as the primary limitation while the AAA rules continued to focus on the weight of a car.

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