The votes are in! Thank you to everyone who participated in voting for 2015 People’s Choice Demo Day. This year we received a record number of votes! The demonstration event will begin on Saturday 11/28 at 12:00 Noon. This is always one of our most popular events, so be sure to get there early and bring your camera!
1st Place: 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe
2nd Place: 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
3rd Place: 1970 Porsche 917LH
4th Place: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Read more →
Attention all Corvette fans: Mark your calendars for October 21-22, 2016. We’re bringing back the Corvette Racing weekend! This year’s event was a smashing success and we’ve had great response from all those whose attended. We had a great dinner event, meet & greet, Demo Day, memorabilia auction, Grand Sport ride-a-long, autograph session and much more. The agenda and guests for the 2016 event will be determined as we get closer to the date, so stay tuned for further announcements! Thanks again for your support and interest in the museum. Read more →
It’s that time of year! People’s Choice Demo Day is once again upon us, on Saturday 11/28 at 12:00 noon. Year after year, this is one of our top Demo Days. This is where we give you, our dear friends and fans, the chance to select 3 cars to view in this special demonstration run. This year we have 64 incredible racing sports cars for you to choose from, spanning over 81 years of development.
Voting ends on Monday 11/23 at 5:00 pm EST and we’ll announce the winners on Tuesday 11/24 at 5:00 pm EST. Voting is electronically limited to 1 vote per person.
The Fall Art Star Craft Bazaar is an indoor retail/art craft show that is organized by Philadelphia’s premier indie craft shop and gallery, Art Star. Over 60 local and national artists have been chosen to set up shop and sell their wares at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. This museum is a must see and includes an incredible collection of really cool antique cars. Even if you aren’t into cars, you will love this museum. Get your holiday shopping done early! The Fall Art Star Craft Bazaar will feature handmade gifts for everyone on your list.
Shoppers can expect high quality handmade goods that reflect Art Star’s unique and quirky aesthetic. Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster of Art Star have hand selected a diverse collection of artists that create anything + everything, including housewares, paper goods, jewelry, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture, and many other one-of-a-kind curiosities. All items have been handmade from a variety of mediums that include fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper and much more. The show will also include artists who will be selling select works (t-shirts, prints, cards, etc) that have been reproduced in small batches, if not locally, within the US. The Art Star Craft Bazaar aims to offer something for everyone (women, men, kids, moms, babies, teens, etc) at a range of prices to accommodate all budgets.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out a variety of crafting techniques and take home something special that they made with their own two hands! A selection of local artists and art orgs/non-profits will be providing family friendly art/craft demonstrations and “Make + Takes”.
Our Corvette Racing weekend on October 23-24 keeps getting better and better. Today we received 2 boxes loaded with Corvette Racing goodies which Doug Fehan and Corvette Racing were generous enough to donate for our Friday dinner attendees and Saturday fundraiser auction. For the Friday night dinner attendees, we will be giving away a special poster commemorating the 2015 Le Mans win. Only 100 copies were made and these were never available to the public, so this is definitely a rare item. It is only available with the purchase of a Friday dinner ticket.
For the Saturday auction, we have a great selection of Corvette Racing race-used memorabilia and parts, as well as official team-issued merchandise. We have some great items and a little something for Corvette Racing fans no matter your budget. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. We’ll also have a great free giveaway item – Doug Fehan and Tommy Milner will be on hand to sign autographs on official Corvette Racing hero cards.
Check out these great items:
Auction Item: Richard Westbrook 2015 race-used driving suit. Stand 21 model. Lots of patches and race wear.
Auction Item: C7.R race-used BBS 19 x 13 rear wheel. Still covered in brake dust, tire marbles and scuffs.
Auction Item: C7.R race-used right tail ight with special racing connections and bulbs.
Auction Item: C7.R race-used front grille with dirt and bugs still on it.
Auction Item: C7.R race used X-Trac input shaft with case. Extremely heavy duty and amazing build quality.
Auction Item: C7.R race used X-Trac gears with box. Extremely heavy duty and amazing build quality.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing 60x36 inch "Welcome Race Fans" banner.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing Polo shirt. Brand new. Men's Size L.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing C6.R button-down shirt. Brand new. Men's Size XL.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing t-shirt. Brand new. Men's Size XL.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing benchtop mat. Embroidered logo. Brand new.
Auction Item: Official Corvette Racing umbrella with carbon fiber shaft. Brand new.
Giveaway item: Official Corvette Racing Le Mans winner commemorative poster. Free for all Friday night dinner attendees.
Giveaway Item: Official Corvette Racing hero card. Perfect for Doug & Tommy autographs. Free for all weekend attendees.
Corvette Racing Auction Item List:
- Richard Westbrook 2015 driving suit – Custom-tailored & race-worn
- Race-used BBS Racing rear wheel 19×13 – brake dust, tire marbles and scuffs
- Race-used Front radiator grille – still has dirt & bugs on it
- Race-used Right taillight – has special connectors and bulbs
- Race-used Xtrac Input Shaft with case – heavy duty and amazing build quality
- Race-used Xtrac Gear set with box – heavy duty and amazing build quality
- Corvette Racing Umbrella with carbon fiber shaft
- Corvette Racing Bench top mat with embroidered logo
- Corvette Racing “Welcome Race Fans” 60 x 36 banner
- Corvette Racing t-shirt XL
- Corvette Racing polo shirt L
- Corvette Racing button-down shirt XL
- Corvette Racing umbrella
The weekend kicks off at 6:30 PM with a Corvette Racing Party with Doug and Tommy. The duo will recap the 2015 Corvette Racing season and the huge win at this year’s Le Mans during a buffet dinner which will start at 7:00pm. The evening will close with an autograph session. Friday tickets are $45 for General Admission, and $40 for Simeone Museum members. Please note that tickets for Friday’s dinner event must be purchased in advance, and walk-up tickets are not available. Ticket sales for the dinner end on Wednesday 10/21 at 12:00 noon.
Friday 10/23 Schedule of Events:
6:30 Reception with Doug Fehan and Tommy Milner
7:00 Buffet Dinner
9:00 Autograph Session
Purchase Tickets for Friday:
On Saturday, the Simeone Museum’s 1963 Corvette Grand Sport #GS002 will roar to life at 12:00 noon for a driving demonstration during the Museum’s famous “Demo Day” program. Doug and Tommy will return to to host an auction of Corvette Racing memorabilia to benefit the Simeone Foundation and to share stories about the history of Corvette Racing and their own racing careers. Michelin & Mobil 1 will each have Corvette Racing themed presentations of their products. General Admission tickets are $12 for Saturday.
Grand Sport Ride-along Raffle:
On Saturday we will have a raffle for the chance to win a ride in our 1963 Grand Sport Coupe. Tickets are $20 each and go on sale Saturday at 10:00 am. All tickets must be purchased in person. The winner will be selected and will take his/her ride during the Demo Day. Bring earplugs just in case you win – this is the loudest car in the entire museum collection!
Saturday 10/24 Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM Grand Sport Ride-Along raffle begins
11:00 AM Michelin Presentation
11:30 AM Mobil 1 Presentation
12:00 PM Demo Day with 1963 Corvette Grand Sport #GS002
Grand Sport Ride-Along drawing
12:30 Corvette Racing Memorabilia Auction
1:30 Doug and Tommy Presentation and Autograph Session
4:00 Simeone Museum closes
Purchase Tickets for Saturday:
Join us December 12th for our first “Preservation Workshop”. This one-day symposium will focus on the preservation efforts and long term stewardship of a featured vehicle from the museum’s collection. Dr. Fred Simeone will host a presentation consisting of a lecture and a photo slideshow, while the car is displayed on the main stage.
The first car featured is our 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe chassis number CSX2287. The life of CSX2287 is well-documented, dating back to when it was built at Shelby in 1963, all the way up through its life at the Simeone Museum. However, the public has never seen photographs from its preservation efforts, which were recently rediscovered in the Museum’s library. This collection consists of hundreds of amazing photos including before & after, hidden sections, rotisserie shots, individual components, close-ups of serial numbers, and exciting discoveries of previously unknown features.
We are excited to announce Drew Garban from State College PA as the winner of our “Ride Shotgun in a Shelby” contest. Drew will get a 15-minute ride in the Daytona Coupe on the museum’s back parking lot.
We want to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to everyone who participated in this fundraising event. There were over 200 tickets sold, and the proceeds will go directly towards our Demo Day improvement fund, helping us raise money to install bleachers and safety barriers on our back lot, which will improve the Demo Day experience for our guests. Read more →
The “Spirit of Competition” is the theme of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and the focus of our annual fundraiser. Each year a distinguished figure from motorsports is selected who has a specific inspirational message. This year we honor David Hobbs. On November 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm, David will receive the award at the Simeone Museum during a gala fundraising dinner.
David’s career in motorsports began in the 1950’s behind the wheel of his mother’s Morris Oxford. Over the next 30 years, David raced on tracks all over the world in Sports Cars, Formula 1, F5000, Indy Cars, Can Am, Trans-Am and NASCAR competition. He competed in the most famous events including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
Our Corvette Racing weekend on October 23-24 keeps getting better and better. We’ll have a brand new 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition on display, courtesy of a friend of the Museum. The car is currently in production at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky and will be joining us fresh off the assembly line. This special edition car features the Z06 package with the 650-hp engine, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, a Performance Data Recorder, adjustable aerodynamic bodywork, and cosmetic upgrades. Only 500 copies of this car were produced and they are all spoken for, having quickly sold out. This street-legal monster is the closest thing you can get to a Le Mans winning thoroughbred race car. Read more →