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2016 Gulf Blue 911 GT3 RS Joins Andy Pilgrim Porsche Racing event on August 13th

2016 Gulf Blue 911 GT3 RS Joins Andy Pilgrim Porsche Racing event on August 13th

We are excited to announce that we will have a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on display at our Andy Pilgrim Porsche Racing event on August 13th. This rare, low-production car was painted in “Gulf Blue” Paint-to-Sample program, similar to the one pictured below. Read more →

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1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF joins our Ferrari Demo Day on July 23rd

1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF joins our Ferrari Demo Day on July 23rd

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1968 Sunoco Team Penske Camaro Joins Tribute to Penske Racing on August 6th at the Simeone Museum

1968 Sunoco Team Penske Camaro Joins Tribute to Penske Racing on August 6th at the Simeone Museum

We are excited to announce that we will have a 1968 Sunoco Team Penske Camaro race car in attendance at our “Tribute to Penske Racing” event on August 6th 2016 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Many “Thank Yous” to owner Irwin Kroiz for sending the car to join this great event. The car, chassis 9908H046, was driven in period by Sam Posey and Mark Donohue and it features hundreds of trick parts and features that Penske Racing became famous for. It has a special roll cage which improves structural integrity, lightweight acid-dipped body panels, a Traco Engineering 302 V8, pressurized oil filler, and an experimental cross-ram intake. In 1968, the car finished 2nd at Daytona, 4th at Sebring, and 2nd at Watkins Glen. Read more →

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Announcing the Simeone Museum’s 2016 Motorcycle Exhibit – Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast From the Past

Announcing the Simeone Museum’s 2016 Motorcycle Exhibit – Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast From the Past

John Lawless and his cadre of bike enthusiasts have put together an outstanding show of the very best sport bikes of all types, including some real icons. For this year’s exhibit, entitled “Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast From the Past”, we’ll be featuring a stunning collection of Competition Flat Track racers, Motorcycle Drag Racers, Japanese Motorcycles from 1960-1989 and select Mid-Century Modern motorcycles that demonstrate the optimism of early postwar design. This year’s edition will mark the 8th time this great exhibit will be held at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, and it remains a highlight on our calendar. This exhibit will run from August 20th through September 9th 2016.

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August 13th: Racing Legend Andy Pilgrim returns to the Simeone Museum for Porsche Racing event

August 13th: Racing Legend Andy Pilgrim returns to the Simeone Museum for Porsche Racing event

Professional Race Driver Andy Pilgrim will be at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum August 13th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM to give a talk focusing on his racing experience with Porsche racing cars, highlighting his Championship wining season in 1997 with Allan McNish driving the stunning Porsche 911 GT1. Andy has some funny stories of how he got into racing from very humble beginnings and will add in some history of his friendship with Dale Earnhardt including showing two letters written by Dale to Andy in 2000 and 2001. Andy is currently racing with Black Swan Racing in the WeatherTech/Patron series in the new 2016 Porsche GT3R. Read more →

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Join us August 6th for a Tribute to Penske Racing with Karl Kainhofer & Team Penske Members

Join us August 6th for a Tribute to Penske Racing with Karl Kainhofer & Team Penske Members

The Penske Racing Team and the People Who Helped Build It in the Glory Days

Roger Penske needs no introduction to racing fans.  His many achievements are too numerous to mention, my favorites include Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year in 1960, and the most number of Indianapolis wins for racing team, 16 altogether. Team Penske is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, an important milestone for this iconic racing team.

On August 6th 2016 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will host a tribute to Penske Racing with Karl Kainhofer, author Gordon Kirby and many other members from the team’s history. Kainhofer and Kirby will discuss his adventures, and his team members will chime in and revive one of the most exciting eras in across-the-board automobile racing in America.  After the event there will be a book signing and attendees may purchase commemorative posters for autographing. This is a special event for racing enthusiasts and auto history fans, not to be missed!

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Cast your vote for the Simeone Automotive Museum in USAtoday’s 10best poll!

Cast your vote for the Simeone Automotive Museum in USAtoday’s 10best poll!

Annually, USA Today sponsors their “10 best” awards for best to visit. The voting process online lasts for a little more than one month, and visitors to their website can vote once a day for their favorite transportation museum. This includes railroad, airplane, boating, and all types of transportation museums in addition to automotive. We’re proud to report that the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is among the leaders. Click the link below. There you can vote for your favorite among the 20 finalists which were chosen by an impartial board of Museum experts.
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Simeone Foundation Honors Lex DuPont

Simeone Foundation Honors Lex DuPont

Famed amateur race car driver, pilot, motorcyclist, deep-sea diver, and genuine all-around mechanical wizard passed away recently but his memory lives on. The 88-year-old adventurer, most famous for his formula 3 accomplishments in The Sports Car Club of America, maintained an active interest in all forms of motoring activity, but his passion for flying, including airplanes that he made himself, never waned. With his wife Anne by his side he would fly one of the several planes which were maintained that the New Garden Airport, his home base. Family, friends, and admirers enjoyed a slideshow of his life compiled by his son Everitt and posed for pictures around his 1929 DuPont Le Mans speedster, made when his family manufactured luxury automobiles.

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Simeone Museum Outreach Program to Special Needs Tourists

Simeone Museum Outreach Program to Special Needs Tourists

Last week a successful repeat of our instructional tour for the visually impaired was attended by a group who learned by hearing and touch, the differences between clunky brass cars and smooth modern racers. The concept of streamlining was illustrated by pointing out the relationship between an object passing through water (fish) and through air (car). Today we met with the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre to outline a program for the hearing impaired. Read more →

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June 26 – Join us for Nissan x Infiniti show presented by Elite Tuner & Los Goonies

June 26 – Join us for Nissan x Infiniti show presented by Elite Tuner & Los Goonies

See hundreds of the country’s best Nissan & Infiniti tuner cars on display inside the Simeone Museum including: GT-R, G37, 240SX, Silvia, Skyline, 370Z, 350Z, Altima and many more! Save the date 6/26/2016 indoors only for Nissan x Infiniti. Outdoors available to all makes and models. For our Nissan x Infiniti show, we are going to do some things a little different! Read more →

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2016 Father’s Day Special at the Simeone Museum: Dad gets in free on June 19th!

2016 Father’s Day Special at the Simeone Museum: Dad gets in free on June 19th!

Give Dad something he’d really like on Father’s Day – a trip to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum! If you do your part and bring him, we’ll do our part and let him in for free, with one paid adult admission, on Sunday June 19th 2016. Also, remember kids 8 and younger also get in free. It’s the perfect way to honor that perfect guy! Read more →

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Simeone Foundation opens its Library Research Service

Simeone Foundation opens its Library Research Service

Simeone Foundation Opens Its Library Research Service, offering access to 125 years of automotive images and documents dating back to 1892. The Simeone Foundation library covers automotive historical documents from the turn-of-the-century to present. A particular strength has been factory produced literature, that is documentation prepared and printed by the factory at the time the automobile was produced. We believe that this information is particularly important because it actually represents the manufacturer’s images, explanations, and intent. Anyone doing historical research, restoration research and even verification for historical provenance verification may need to go to the factory produced literature is an authoritative source. Read more →

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Boy identifies entire Simeone Museum Collection before age 4

Boy identifies entire Simeone Museum Collection before age 4

One of the most frequent and enthusiastic visitors to the Museum is young Liam. I guess we should say very young Liam. Not old enough to read or write profusely, he can nevertheless name each car in the Museum and fluently describe them. He was able to do this since he was 3 1/2 years old! The attached photograph shows him leafing through the Museum’s biography, The Spirit of Competition, where he was able to name all but one hard to pronounce car. On each of his visits, accompanied by his involved parents, he displays an unusual ability to recognize the cars, and to anticipate their place in the Museum as he makes one of his many tours. He also submitted his votes for our Le Mans Choice Demo Day. Read more →

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Announcing the winners for Le Mans Choice Demo Day on May 28th

Announcing the winners for Le Mans Choice Demo Day on May 28th

The people have spoken! We are excited to announce the winners for Le Mans Choice Demo Day, which will take place on Saturday May 28th, 2016. This Demo Day will be run by Kevin Kelly, our Curator, as Dr. Simeone will be attending the American Association of Museums meeting in Washington, DC. Kevin will give the talk and will also drive the cars. Read more →

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Function or Form? A Design Comparison of the Ferrari GTO and the Shelby Daytona Coupe

Function or Form? A Design Comparison of the Ferrari GTO and the Shelby Daytona Coupe

The Simeone Foundation publishes the lead article in the autumn issue of the Automotive History Review, the official publication of the Society of Automotive Historians, Inc. Written by our archivist Alan Yankolonis and Fred Simeone this 10 page analysis compares the streamlining of the two great competitors of the mid-1960s, line-for-line, and postulates why the Daytona coupe was able to outshine its nemesis GTO. Phantom views, in particular, reveal the subtle differences which enhanced even further the greater power of the Coupe to give America its first World Championship victory. Read more →