Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

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1980s Performance? YES!

Dust off your parachute pants and lace up your Air Jordans because this summer The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum is throwing it back to the 80s with our new exhibition “1980s Performance? – YES!” There is a common misconception that the phrase 80s Performance is a bit of an oxymoron but we are out to prove that’s not entirely true. We are looking for your help in making our case. Does your car have “The Right Stuff?” We’re now taking submissions and they are not limited to “Members Only!” Mark your calendars – it’s happening this summer from June 23 – July 8.

Although open to all high performance cars from the 80s, we would love to show the following autos.

  • Chevrolet – Z-28 IROC Camaro, Z-28 Camaro , Corvette (tuners, Callaway, Lingerfelter, etc.)
  • Ford – Mustang GT (tuners, Saleen), SVO Mustang, Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
  • Mazda – RX-7
  • Toyota – Corolla GTS
  • Dodge/Plymouth  – Omni GLH, Omni GLHS, Shelby Omni GLHS, Shelby Charger, Shelby Dakota Pickup

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Pride of Our Rides

Our volunteers are a critical part of everything that we do at The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum. From making our Demo Days better to helping out with anything and everything, you are an essential component to making the museum the best that it can be. You take a lot of pride in the museum and we are just as proud of you.

To celebrate all the great work that you do, we are planning our very first “Pride of Our Rides” volunteer appreciation day on Saturday, August 4 from 10AM through 3PM.

We want to see that special something that you have been working on all these years, from barn finds to finished show vehicles. If it’s on wheels, its eligible. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, truck, or motorcycle. If you own it and love it, we want to see it.

Entry is only open to Simeone Foundation Auto Museum volunteers. This is a car show just for you. To submit your vehicle, all you need to do is fill out the form below. Entries will be taken on a first-come basis, and we reserve the right to limit the number of vehicles based on space allowances. Multiple vehicles can be entered, but limitations might be placed to allow for maximum volunteer participation.

Certificates will be awarded to all entries. This isn’t a competition, just the chance to share our common love of all things vehicle-related. All vehicles will be signed with the information you provide. This event will be open to the public and give you the opportunity to share your vehicle. The entry deadline is Thursday. July 5th at midnight.

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Race Car Summer Camp

Looking for something fun AND educational for your kids to do this summer? Join us at the Simeone for a unique, exclusive experience!

For the first time ever, we are opening up our world-famous collection to our youngest fans and giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget. This July, our brand new, hands on S.T.E.A.M. camp revs up with exciting projects and a behind the ropes study of the coolest cars on the planet!

For those unfamiliar, S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. It is one of the newest educational approaches designed to foster a deeper love and appreciation for scientific based learning. Many people might be more familiar with S.T.E.M., but here at the Simeone Museum we use the artistry in our collection to tie each of those scientific disciplines together! Camp attendees will cover all five topics as we explore our collection and complete projects that hone their skills building to an unforgettable final day grand finale –  a CO2 powered race car competition.

Each camper will design, build, and race their very own CO2 powered race car using a variety of materials including foam blocks, cardboard, and plastic wheels while incorporating the fundamentals of S.T.E.A.M. education learned throughout the week. Powered by CO2, on a purpose built track, each camper’s individually designed and engineered race car will compete for our first-ever “Spirit of Competition” award while achieving speeds up to and possibly exceeding 70 MPH.

Daily Curriculum

(Each day includes design and testing of CO2 dragsters)

Monday, July 9 – Day 1: Automobile Aerodynamics: testing different shapes and models in a wind tunnel.

Tuesday, July 10 – Day 2: The Internal Combustion Engine: energy, alternative energy, Air Powered Rockets!

Wednesday, July 11 – Day 3: Kinetic Energy: automobile braking systems, impact/crash safety, Egg Drop Day!

Thursday, July 12 – Day 4: Automobile Design: Form not Function, drawing and coloring for style not performance.

Friday, July 13 – Day 5: CO2 Racers: Completion and Racing of CO2 dragsters. Celebrating “The Spirit of Competition!”

Camp Details 

Who: Boys and Girls, ages 10-16

What: Race Car Engineer Summer Camp

When: July 9 – July 13 from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm

Where: Simeone Foundation Auto Museum

Why: To make friends, have fun, and learn

How: Use the form below to sign up. Camp tuition for the entire week is just $200 per camper and includes lunch for all days.

 

 

 

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Simeone Museum to be featured on My Classic Car with Dennis Gage

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum  was recently paid a visit from Dennis Gage, the host of one of our favorite television shows “My Classic Car.”  Dennis and the team stopped by to see what he referred to as “one of the most amazing collections he has ever seen” and to feature us in an upcoming episode.

The episode is scheduled to premiere on the Velocity Channel on Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 am ET.

Following that, it will re-air several time including:

NBC Sports Network on a Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 pm ET

MAVTV on Friday, May 18 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm ET

MATV on Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 am & 12:00 pm ET

MAVTV on Monday, May 21 at 3:30 am ET and Monday, May 28 at 3:00 am ET

It will also air again on all those networks six months from their original airing dates.

You can check out the promo clip by visiting  http://www.myclassiccar.com/episode/22/16/

If you can’t catch it or don’t have those channels, there is no need to worry!  The episode will also be available on the My Classic Car YouTube channel right after it airs for the first time on Velocity.

Feel free to share this page with anyone that loves classic sports and racing cars.

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Why Charge? – CTEK Battery Charging Technology Seminar

Did you know that:

– Most car batteries only deliver half their useful service life?

– Using an inexpensive trickle charger could be the worst thing for a car battery?

– Today’s car batteries need regular charge maintenance with a smart charger?

These and other questions will be answered in a technical seminar, “Why Charge?,” to be delivered by Tony Zeal, global training manager for CTEK, the Swedish manufacturer of smart chargers. We use CTEK chargers here at the museum and think you might find what Tony has to share illuminating.

Also, he will be giving away a CTEK charger, a CTEK Battery Sense unit that allows you to check your battery condition on a smart phone, and a CTEK backpack to some lucky attendees. The event is free with museum admission.

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Submissions Now Open – 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

Call for entries are now open for the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance presented by nonprofit Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK). Classic car collectors from throughout North America are invited to submit their entries for this premier Concours to be held on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 16 at the world-class Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. All entries submitted by May 1 will be considered for acceptance into the Concours and the entry kit can be found at http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/car-registration.html

The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance Selection Committee, led by Michael Tillson III, president and director of Cool Cars for Kids, Inc., and one of the country’s most highly regarded authorities on classic and sports automobiles, will review all nominations and promptly notify entrants of its decision. This year’s classes are: Open Cars, Closed Cars, Prewar Cars, Postwar Cars, and Sports Cars. Generally, cars manufactured prior to 1970 will be considered for acceptance into the Concours.

“It is always our intention to present a show field of select original and unique vehicles that will appeal to the sophisticated and discriminating audience that attends the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance,” said Tillson.

The Concours, on June 16, is the highlight of a two-day event presented by CCfK. The day-long, fundraising event includes professional judging and awards presented for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style; family-friendly activities; celebrity guests, among whom will be Super Bowl-winning Coach Dick Vermeil; a Car Corral behind the Simeone Museum for local car enthusiasts; food and specialty vendors; and access to the Simeone Museum – one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars.

The night before, on Friday, June 15, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance Preview Gala will be held at the Simeone Museum. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, Concours preview, silent auction and celebrity keynote.

All proceeds from the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance on June 16, and Preview Gala on June 15, benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in providing help and hope to children with rare birth disorders and their families, and to support research that will identify the best possible treatments.

Premiere Concours Entries:

Classic car collectors from throughout North America are invited to submit their entries for the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance. All entries will be considered for acceptance into the Concours. Nomination Submission Deadline, May 1, 2018 http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/car-registration.html

Car Corral Registration:

Classic car enthusiasts and owners are invited to participate in this year’s Car Corral to be held on the grounds of the Simeone Museum. Individual Space, $50. http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/concours.html

WHAT: 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

WHEN:  Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19153.

ADMISSION: Public admission, $25; students and children under 18, free.

For more information, visit www.coolcarsforkids.org, or call 267-982-CCfK (2235)

About Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK)

CCfK’s mission is to increase awareness of the issues faced by children with developmental disorders and birth defects.

  • Developmental disorders are the leading cause of infant mortality and childhood disability.
  • 7% percent of children born in the U.S. have cognitive disability and/or structural birth defect.
  • Over 400 babies are born each day in the U.S. with a congenital anomaly.

The vast majority of these disorders have a primary genetic etiology. The rapid explosion of genetic information coupled with technological advances has allowed for clinicians and scientists to identify the underlying etiology of these conditions. This information can be used to better understand these diagnoses and translated into improved management and therapeutics.

There are many groups which embody the mission of CCfK focusing on delivering care and support to children and families who struggle with the medical complexities associated with rare diagnoses including the Center for Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) and Related Diagnoses at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the National CdLS Foundation.

Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pa. that brings together families of children with birth defects and classic car enthusiasts who share a common passion and appreciation for the one-of-a-kind. Funds raised from this unique partnership will directly forward its mission by supporting local and national charities – including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – to deliver care and support to children and families who struggle with the medical complexities associated with rare diagnoses. www.coolcarsforkids.org

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The Future is Now

Our newest exhibition, “The Future is Now” taking place from April 28-May 13, 2018 is a look at automotive technology once considered to be science fiction. We’re bringing together some of the most advanced automobiles currently in production or utilizing new concepts that will soon be available on the market. All the cars taking part  are brimming with some of the latest and greatest innovations including hybrid technology, touch screens, navigation systems, hands-free voice communication systems, object detection systems, radar, heads-up displays and advanced batteries.

Featured cars include

2018 Tesla Model 3

2018 Genesis G80 Sport

2018 Lexus LC 500 H or SC 500 H

2016 Rutgers University Formula Racer RFR16

2014 McLaren P1

2014 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2014 Entropy Racing EVSR

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

2016 Villanova University VU08 Racer

Check back for soon for photos and updates!

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World Championship Weekend

To celebrate the opening of our “Best of Britain” exhibit and the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl, The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum will offer FREE ADMISSION the weekend of Feb 17-Feb 18 to anyone wearing Eagles Green or British Racing Green.

We invite you to witness one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars ever assembled. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines. The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum contains almost 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more. Our collection includes some of the rarest and most important cars in the entire world.

Please join us as we celebrate, and honor, the sport of racing and the legacy of the people who made it great.

Tickets are free all weekend long. Please register for them here

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Museum hours are 10-4 with free parking on site.

 

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Foundations of Photography 2018

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to present the Foundations of Photography Study Series with Andrew Taylor. This is a 6-part educational series dedicated to photographing the automobile. This is an excellent learning experience for the novice or seasoned photographer and everyone in between. It’s also a great opportunity to learn from a fantastic automotive photographer who is closely familiar with each car in the collection and knows all of the best shots. Each session will feature a “Live Photo Shoot Area”, featuring a different exhibit from the Museum. We’ll lower the barricades so you can get up-close to the cars, and we’ll bring out the ladders so you can get unique shots.

A FEW NOTES FROM ANDREW TAYLOR, CREATOR AND INSTRUCTOR

Why should I join the Foundations of Photography classes?

You will come away with a deep understanding of the technical and artistic principals of Photography from your attendance of these classes. Your photographic skills will be enhanced from the knowledge learned in the lectures and live photo shoot time in the Museum. You will be able to visualize the world in a more creative way, taking full advantage of the light and shadows available, and have the technical knowledge to be able to creatively capture that scene with your digital camera. You will be able to ask questions and interactively learn how to fully utilize the vast capabilities of your camera. You will also have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars in the Simeone Automotive Museum Collection.

What do you enjoy most about hosting the Foundations of Photography classes?

Helping others to develop a deep understanding of the technical and artistic principals of Photography is what I enjoy the most. I really enjoy helping everyone to better understand and take advantage of all the incredible capabilities that the modern Digital Camera has to offer its owner. No matter your Skill Level… Amateur to Professional, I really believe there is something for everyone to learn who attends my photography classes. Whether it's being able to better see the World Photographically, or compose a scene more creatively, or to learn how to overcome a difficult lighting situation, there is something for everyone to learn.

Can you share with us some of the feedback you’ve received from students?

We’ve had very positive feedback from the students who took the Foundations of Photography classes in 2016. I am hopeful that returning students can build on their knowledge and skills learned last year, and new students will gain even more from the Foundations of Photography classes for 2018. I am very confident that last year’s classes were a success and helped everyone fill in the missing links in their photographic knowledge & creativity. I believe that everyone was able to take away something from the classes that helped them in their own understanding of the technical and artistic components of Photography.

 

Visitors and Friends of the Museum are no strangers to work of Andrew Taylor. You’ve seen thousands of his pictures on our website, in our books, in our Gift Shop, and all over the Internet. Andrew has most generously agreed to donate his time and talents to produce this program in support of the Museum. We hope you’ll join us for this series of events. Check out the schedule and links below to purchase tickets. Want to see photos from previously offered classes? Visit our Flickr page and search for “Foundations”.

Please note that details are subject to change and will be announced if so.

 

CLASS TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

Class I – Exposure - April 14th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Mille Miglia Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore how to expand your artistic options by giving a deeper understanding of the cyclical relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This course covers the basic exposure controls provided by all digital SLR cameras, as well as most advanced point-and-shoot models. Learn how to master a camera's metering modes, how to use exposure compensation and bracketing, and much more. By the end of the course, you'll know how to develop an "exposure strategy" that will allow you to effectively employ your exposure knowledge in any shooting situation.

Class II – Composition – May 26th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Targa Floria Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore how Composition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful.   The discussion will explore the concepts of composition, from Compositional Tools like the Golden Ratio to more advanced topics such as the way the eye travels through a photo.  The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye to help you see photographically, and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view.   The discussion also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques.

Class III – Lenses & Filters – June 9th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Ford vs. Chevy Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the creative options provided by various kinds of lenses and lens accessories. Lens Aperture and Focal Length will be discussed in detail to provide a better understanding of which lens works best for various situations and why. The course will also include exploring specialty lenses, from an ultra-wide angle, Fisheye, Macro, and Tilt-Shift lenses to ultra-long telephoto lenses & Prime lenses that can add a new dimension to your image perspective. The discussion will also cover understanding Tilt Shift Perspective and Depth of Field. You will learn how lenses are manufactured to better understand why there is such a price & quality difference between them. The discussion will also explore several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters.

Class IV – White Balance, Color Temperature, and Backlighting – July 14th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Bastille Day Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the art and science of white balance and color temperature.  This course covers how to adjust your camera’s white-balance settings and what to do when auto white balance goes wrong.  The discussion will explore optional aids for white balance calibration, and scenarios where inaccurate color may well enhance, adding to the right stylistic choice.  Backlighting will also be discussed as a way to expand your creative options in your photography.  You will learn ways to make the most of shooting into the sun or a bright light source.

Class V – Flash Fundamentals – August 11th at 10:30am to 11:30am – SCCA Demo Day

Flash is best used like a spice, too much or too little can be bad but used in the right amount and the right way, a flash can be very nice.  Andrew Taylor will explore the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash.   The discussion will start with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in the previous installments of Foundations of Photography Exposure —simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in or Hot-Shoe Flash.   The discussion will include the flash concepts of Fill & Bounce Flash techniques and on using flash as a key light.   The course will also explore topics ranging from syncing flash, repeating flash, to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units and flash accessories.

Class VI – Capturing Speed – October 13th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Enzo Ferrari Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the concepts and techniques behind capturing the sense of motion in photography.  Capturing good action in photography is all about planning ahead.  Action happens fast, so you have to be prepared ahead of time to capture it.  The discussion will explore Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, and Focal Length in the context of Positioning, Panning, and Anticipation in an effort to help everyone capture Speed in their photography.

 

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2018 Philadelphia Auto Show

Catch the Simeone Museum on display at the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will make its 10th straight appearance at the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show from January 27th through February 4th. You’ll find our display on the Broad Street side, at the Show Entrance, right near the escalators.

We will feature the following cars on display:

1907 RENAULT 35/45 VANDERBILT RACER

When William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. saw the results of the 1906 French Grand Prix, he was immediately impressed with the performance of the winning Renault car. At Vanderbilt’s request, the French automaker created 10 scaled-down replicas of the winning Grand Prix racing car. These replicas were purchased by many of Vanderbilt’s racing enthusiast friends who would race them in public and private matches. A little more than 100 years later, only five are known to remain.

1926 KISSEL 8-75 SPEEDSTER

The Kissel Motor Car Company was an American auto and truck manufacturer founded in 1906. Although Kissel made over 35,000 autos, less than 150 are known to exist today. Kissel’s sharp design made it the car of choice for many celebrities of the day including Amelia Earhart and Jack Dempsey. Kissel cars of this period are known for their notable bicycle fenders, a straight hood through windshield base, and horse-collar radiator shell.

1933 AUBURN V12 12-165 SPEEDSTER

The Auburn Automobile Company was a short-lived automotive manufacturer from 1900-1937. In 1935, Auburn introduced an affordable line of 12 cylinder cars that had a much better performance (and price) than many of their 8 cylinder competitors. The V12 12-165 Speedster represents the most extraordinary and the fastest of all Auburn’s speedsters. Only 14 of these cars were built and few remain, making them among the rarest of all classic cars, even in their day. The Simeone Auburn Speedster is the only known example to retain its original white Vogue tires.

1949 HUDSON COMMODORE

Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in stock car racing. Before the rise of the famed Hornet, the Hudson Motor Car Company produced high-quality luxury cars like the Hudson Commodore, sold between 1941 and 1952. During its time in production, the Commodore was the largest and most luxurious Hudson model. The 1948 model year inaugurated Hudson’s trademarked “Monobuilt” construction or “step-down” automobile, making them both safer and much lower than most other contemporary cars.

1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was introduced as the first iteration of the Sport-Lightweight (SL Class) grand tourer and was the fastest production car of its day. It’s iconic styling, gull-wing doors, and sleek lines made it immediately recognizable, a fact that stands to this day. These factors, combined with the fact that less than 1400 were ever made, make the 300SL one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models of all time.

1960 DAIMLER SP250

Daimler is known as Britain’s oldest car manufacturer and was the first automobile to drive on the grounds of the Palace of Westminster. Daimler even provided cars to the British Monarchy for the first half of the 1900s. In 1959, the Daimler SP250 was launched at the New York Motor Show, where it was unofficially voted the ugliest car present. Originally known as the Daimler Dart, it’s named was changed after being threatened with legal action by Chrysler’s Dodge division, and was changed to SP250 to match its original project number. Between 1960-67, over 130 known races had Daimler SP250’s entered resulting in at least 20 class wins. In 1960, Jaguar purchased the Daimler Company from their parent company BSA and ended production of the line soon after.

1967 BIZZARRINI P538S

Giotta Bizzarrini began his career as a test driver for Alfa Romeo and later worked as an engineer for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lamborghini. Throughout his life, he dreamed of creating a race car that was entirely his own, including both the engine and chassis. The P538S is a product of that dream and is one of just two cars in the world that include both a Bizzarrini original chassis and a Bizzarrini designed Lamborghini V12 engine.

1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD

Plymouth introduced the Superbird in order to win at NASCAR by modifying a Roadrunner and installing either a 426 Hemi, a 440 Super Commando, or a 440 Commando with a six pack carburetor. With their high wings and streamlined design, these big block monsters dominated NASCAR racing in 1969-70. Its 200 mile per hour speed set in March 1970 at Talladega was a NASCAR record. By the end of the 1970 racing season, the car was outlawed by NASCAR and became a victim of its own performance.

Purchase Tickets:

Check out PhillyAutoShow.com for tickets and more information.

Auto Show Floor Plan:

Click here to download a link to the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show floor plan. 

 

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Best of Britain 2018

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum once will again present the “Best of Britain” this winter from February 17 through March 4. The event will feature “Forgotten Fiberglass Racers”.

Over a dozen rare, unusual and beautiful sports and racing cars manufactured in England will be displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition. Out of the many cars graciously submitted for consideration from individual collectors throughout the country, these 13 well represent not only the “Best of Britain” but also the exhibitions “Forgotten Fiberglass Racers” theme.

1956 Mistral SR2

1956 Turner 803

1958 Devin Special Sports Racer

1959 Triumph Peerless

1960 Daimler SP250

1961 Ginetta G4

1962 Lotus 23B

1962 TVR Grantura MK3

1964 Elva MK7S

1964 Lotus Elan

1967 Marcos GT

1969 Mirage M2

1972 Chevron B21

 

 

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Christmas Week Special Events

Museum Guided Tours – Included with Regular Admission

10:30 and 1:30 

The Simeone Museum has one of the most important collections of historical automobiles and sports racing cars anywhere in the world. It’s easy to get around, but, with over 70 unique autos it can be hard to know where to start and easy to get lost among our numerous exhibits. Let our Simeone Foundation Auto Museum docents guide you through some of the museum’s most famous and fascinating collections while we tell the story of “The Spirit of Competition” and characters that made these cars legendary. Learn how past automotive innovations shaped the present day and discover why our one-of-a-kind collection earned our 2nd Octane Award for International Auto Museum of the Year.

 

Museum Tech Talks – Included with Regular Admission

12:00 and 3:00

We love talking tech, and want you to be a part of the conversation. Twice a day, at 12 noon and 3:00 PM, we are going to lower the ropes and get you closer the collection than ever before. Our museum education and curatorial staff will be presenting different aspects of automotive technology and engage in detailed discussions on the specific technology present throughout our collection.

 

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Shriners Hospital Holiday Donation Drive

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum is pleased to announce a partnership with the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children this holiday season. Beginning December 1st, and running through December 18th, anyone dropping off a new and unwrapped toy to The Simeone Foundation will be entitled to a two-dollar discount off the price of regular admission. All donated toys will be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Patient Wish List         Hospital Wish List     Toy Drive Info 

 

 

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Simeone Museum Named 2017 Octane Award Museum of the Year

Octane Award Museum of the Year 2017

It is with great honor that we announce that The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has been declared the International Historic Motoring Group’s “Octane Award – Museum of the Year” for 2017.

Hundreds of collectors, racing legends, industry enthusiasts and sports writers were on hand to witness one of the most prestigious nights in the industry, recognizing the elite in the international historic motoring world.

“Recognition by the esteemed judges of these awards is truly the highest honor to which an automotive museum can aspire. We are very proud and appreciative to be so honored especially in the company of other illustrious institutions,” said Fred Simeone, executive director of the Simeone Museum. “Public museums such as ours strive to be relevant to the community, and to provide an experience which blends the history and excitement of motoring. This award is a great boost.””

In making the award, the selection committee noted, “In 2017 the Simeone Museum made room for new attractions including an AC Cars retrospective, but most impressive has been its commitment to inspiring the car enthusiasts of tomorrow. Teachers are invited to make use of the museum’s educational resources, and Demo Days, held twice a month, give visitors the opportunity to see the Museum’s cars in action and learn more about them.”

The judging panel consisted of noted figures including:

Derek Bell, Five time Le Mans Winner
Ben Cussons, chairman, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Steering Group
Robert Coucher, international editor, Octane
Berthold Dőrrich, editor, Octane Germany
Tony Dron, racing driver and motoring writer
James Elliott, editor, Octane
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief Auto Express and Carbuyer
Stuart Gallagher, editor, evo
L Scott George, vice-president, Revs Institute for Automotive Research; president, CH Motorcars LLC; associate curator, the Collier Collection
Simon Kidston, classic car consultant and concours judge
Dave Kinney, journalist for Automobile and the New York Times and historic vehicle appraiser
Jay Leno, car collector, comic and TV Host
Corrado Lopresto, architect and collector
Nick Mason, car collector and Pink Floyd Drummer
Jochen Mass, former racing driver
Bruce Meyer, car collector and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum
Patrick Peter, organizer of events including Tour Auto and the Le Mans Classic
Murray Smith, car collector and racing driver
Peter Stevens, designer of the McLaren F1
Steve Sutcliffe, former British auto racing driver and evo writer
Glen Waddington, associate editor, Octane
Duncan Wiltshire, chairman, Motor Racing Legends; co-founder, Donington Historic Festival

The results were announced at a black-tie ceremony on Thursday, November 16th at London’s Underglobe on the Southbank of the River Thames emceed by broadcaster and Formula 1 analyst Steve Rider.

The other museums considered for this esteemed award include the Mullin Museum, Petersen Museum, Autoworld Brussels, and the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

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IHMG 2017 Museum of the Year Award

Simeone Museum On Short List for  Museum of the Year Award from International Historic Motoring Group

Each year, the International Historic Motoring Awards (now called the Octane Awards, the automotive equivalent of the motion picture Academy Awards) honors an automotive museum as ” Museum of the Year”.  This is the most prestigious recognition for which an automotive museum can aspire.

In classical Academy Awards fashion,  the five shortlisted museums will be represented at a gala black-tie ceremony held in London on November 16 when the winner is announced.

The Simeone  Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to have been honored by this organization three times in the past; for Museum of the Year, Car of the Year, and Publication of the Year, more such recognitions than any automotive Museum.

Please follow the news under Octane Awards and our website for the November 16 winners’ announcement which we anticipate with great excitement.