Brumos was among the most famous of all Porsche dealerships, known not only for its sales of Porsche cars on Florida’s northeast coast but for the success on the race track of its vehicles, which were driven by the likes of Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood.
In 2015, the dealership was sold to the Field Automotive Group and was rebranded as Porsche Jacksonville. But earlier this week, former Brumos dealer principal Dan Davis brought the Brumos name back as he opened the Brumos Collection, a 35,000-square-foot “interactive museum dedicated to the technology, innovation and historical significance behind some of the world’s finest automobiles.”
The facility houses more than three dozen racing and collector vehicles, including the 1970 Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans.
Also revealed as part of the collection was the 1968 Porsche 908 that Jo Siffert and Vic Elford drove to victory in the Nurburgring 1,000-kilometer race.
But it’s not all Porsches on display. The museum also showcases such vehicles as a 1914 Peugeot L45 racer and a 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix car driven in European competition by Count Louis Zborowski.
The museum is located in a building designed in the style of the former Ford assembly plant built in Jacksonville in 1924.
“The Brumos Collection offers an exhibit of remarkable vehicles spanning three centuries, demonstrating the collaborations and rivalries that changed the automotive world,” the museum’s executive director Brandon Starks is quoted in the facility’s announcement.
“More than a technical tale, the exhibition reveals the very soul in these machines — cars inspired by their predecessors, with never-before-seen technologies developed by the hands of masters, tested in competition, and celebrated in history.
“Using interactive media, we’re able to bring these magnificent vehicles to life, providing guests with the opportunity to explore at their own pace.”
The museum is located at 5159 San Pablo Road South and is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.