Introduction to the Collection
“Competition is indispensable to progress.” – John Stuart Mill
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and to share with you a display of racing sports cars I have been collecting since I was a young man.
Living organisms, fighting for survival, adapt to the demands of their environment. The strongest pass on their superior genes to future generations. In the competition between the species, the fittest indeed do survive. The same is true with many inanimate objects.
There are few illustrations of the effects of competition as dramatic, and beautiful, as the evolution of the racing sports car. This is the theme of our exhibition. Here you can learn how racing improves the breed. You can see the evolution of the race car as the result of seven decades of the “Spirit of Competition”.
The stimulus behind this car collection was not realized until I edited my last medical text book, Principals of Molecular Neurosurgery. The technical procedures, the microscopic observations finally led to the quest to understand the molecular interaction behind all of this; the basic principal which governs life. This biological activity is controlled by DNA, the substance of the genes destined to prevail as the result of successful competition – improving the breed.
Towards the end of mature collecting one eventually realizes what he has been doing. Is it the beauty of the cars? Is it their wonderful sounds? Is it the feeling of speed and the ability to control a hurtling object? Is this what it’s all about? For this gathering of sports racing cars the DNA is competition. Successful sports racing cars are the exciting fruits of man’s inherent urge to win; they are the byproducts of his survival mandate and the exciting progeny spawned by the victors.
I hope you enjoy this exhibition, find it educational, and will come back to visit us often