Celebrating the Spirit of Competition
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Christmas Week Special Events

Museum Guided Tours

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

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.

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2017 People’s Choice Voting Now Open

Voting for our 2017 People’s Choice Demo Day is now open!

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE 

 

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Shelby – The TRANS-AM Years

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Bonhams 6th Annual “Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia” Auction

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Legends of Lime Rock Highlights

Legends of Lime Rock Highlights

An Evening of Drivers, Cars and Stories

Skip Barber and Fred Simeone Lime Rock Park

This Labor Day, the Legendary Lime Rock Park, will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary. This premier site for road racing in America is remembered by many as having been a legendary track and key player in the “Glory Days” of racing. Many a venerable driver, even those from the beginning, fondly recall being a part of the history of racing when a professional could drive to the track, race, and drive home. Fortunately, there is a concentration of such historic drivers, nearby in the Delaware Valley – where the Sports Car Club of America, really got its start. We thought it would be best to honor both Lime Rock and those Legendary drivers, as a preliminary to the celebrations at the track.

We couldn’t have hoped for a better response. On Saturday, August 26,  IMSA and SVRA champ Dave Nicholas took the podium as emcee and took the audience on a journey back in time with a panel of racing legends. His charming repartee brought out the best from our assemblage of honored guests.

SImeone Museum Skip Barber Dave Nicholas

Skip Barber began the evening with history and laughs as he shared his favorite Lime Rock memories. Our esteemed panel took it from there and regaled the audience with first hand accounts of racing and the life of a race car driver.  The panel included

Lime Rock Panel Simeone

· Bob and Butch Leitzinger, Father and Son Racing Legends

· George Alderman, SCCA Formula 3 National Champion

· Oscar Koveleski, Winner of the ASR National Championship

Notable guests included

· Otto Linton,  participant of the first 1948 Watkins Glen race

· George Wintersteen,  famous for SCCA racing in the #002 Grand Sports Corvette

…as well as other racing heroes, too numerous to mention. The night didn’t end there. After dinner, our guests enjoyed celebratory demonstration of some of the types of cars that raced at Lime Rock in the 1950s on The Simeone Foundation’s three acre outdoor “track”.

Featured cars included

· 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa

· 1956 Maserati 300 S

· 1953 Cunningham C-4 R

· 1955 Jaguar D type

· 1954 Austin Healey 100-4

and a very special 1957 MGA with an interesting Lime Rock and Sebring history kindly brought by owner Michael Eaton.

After such a great time, one thing is certain. The upcoming celebration at Lime Rock this weekend is destined to be truly exciting event. You can get more information about that here.

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Educator Open House

Educator Open House

Thursday, September 28th 6-9 PM

For the first time ever, educators can enjoy a FREE introduction of the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum’s new educational content, take part in activities and discover education programs designed to enhance your science, history or mathematics curriculum at our first ever Educator Open House.

 

Educator Open House Featured Image

This is your chance to learn how the Spirit of Competition has driven human advancement in the fields of technology, manufacturing and design through the evolution of the automobile. Witness firsthand the story of the human competitive spirit told through the presentation and preservation of some of the greatest sports racing cars of all time.

Earn the chance to win prizes including free field trips and Demonstration Day passes whiling enjoying snacks, wine and beer.

This is an adult only event and you must be an active and full time educator to take part. Children will not be allowed entry. Free on site parking provided in our adjoining lot.

You must RSVP online for this free event by Monday September 18th through the Eventbrite form below.

Educator Open House Tickets


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Announcing The Simeone Museum’s 2017 Motorcycle Exhibit

CLASSIC BIKES FROM EVERY ERA

Join us in welcoming motorcycle expert John Lawless and his cadre of bike enthusiasts for their 9th annual classic motorcycle exhibition. For almost 10 years, John and his cadre of bikes specialists have delighted guests of all ages and this year promises to be the best of his work to date. From August 19th – September 9 we will host John and present some of the most incredible and historic sport bikes in the world. Our 2017 Motorcycle Exhibit will feature rare, exotic and one of a kind bikes that seldom show. See classic machines and memorabilia from around the world.

Motorcycle 1
Motorcycle 3
Motorcycle 2
Motorcycle 4

ADDITIONAL BIKES TO BE SHOWN INCLUDE

Century Cycles – Collection of bikes from 1867 to 1917

1867 Roper Velocepide Steam Cycle Replica
1885 Daimler Reitwagen Replica
1896 The Spiral
1912 Abingdon King Dick
1914 Indian Twin
1916 Harley-Davidson JD

Inter-War Elegance – 1918 to 1941

1921 Victoria KR1
1925 BMW R39
1926 BMW R39
1928 Norton 19
1929 BMW R57
1929 BMW R57
1949 BSA A7 with Cox Sidecar
1932 BSA L32-5 Blue Star
1936 Norton Model 20
1939 BSA Goldstar
1939 Velocette KTT Mk. VIII

● Post-War European Sport – 1946 to 1990

1952 Ariel VHA
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
1970 Munch 4 1200TTS
1975 BMW R90S
1982 Ducati 900SS
1983 Ducati TT2
1984 BMW R100RS
1984 Ducati TT1
1988 BMW R100GS / Gelandestrasse

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT AT OUR 2017 MOTORCYCLE EXHIBIT

We’re also excited to announce a special screening of the Peter Starr’s epic film”Take it To The Limit” on August 19th. Peter will give a short talk and will guide our guests through this great work and his passion for bikes. We’re still finalizing the ticket details but attendees should expect food, film and the company of racing legends. Keep an eye out for updates as they become available.

Admission to featured exhibits are always free for members at The Simeone. Non-members can buy museum tickets here. This event is always a highlight on our agenda and is a must see for any motor head.

Find highlights and photos from past shows on our Flickr page.

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Join Us March 10 2018 Inaugural Philly NNL Model Car Show

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Calling All Teachers

Free Teacher Admission

Free Teacher Admission

How’s this for a cool special during the hot summer? We’re offering free teacher admission to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum all summer long (June 26,2017-September 4, 2017).

Rather than staying home, check out the new educational opportunities at the Simeone Museum. Our recently created education department has programs, content, and activities that connect students to the past. Our new educational materials make learning about the automobile fun and exciting.

The Experience Of a Lifetime

Come see 75 of the most prestigious, renowned, and successful historic sports racing cars in the world. With undeniable pedigrees and often understated beauty through design, many of our cars are the automotive equivalent to paintings like the Mona Lisa. The museum’s vast racing sports car collection showcases “The Spirit of Competition”, the drive to build a better and faster racecar. Follow the evolution of the automobile from 1907-1975 as each car fought to become better than it’s predecessor.

A New Paradigm

Consider this point – automobiles have effected society in unimaginable ways rarely seen in other technological advancements. Even still, we know that it’s often difficult to find a tangible connection to the development of the car. Because of this, over the last several months, our education department has been working to develop material that teachers can use to connect their students to the automobile and 20th-centuryy society.  Now the Simeone Museum has finally made this connection easier. At last, we can help you make teaching about the 20th century just a little bit easier.

Ready to Help You

Stop by and talk with us to see what we can do for you as a teacher. While you are at it, learn about the lesson plans, worksheets, power points, and tours are available to help you. We want to help you educate your students about the automobile and the 20th century. Don’t make it hard on yourself, let us do the work for you, by building a complete package from introductory lesson to tour to follow-up lesson. Don’t you want to give your students an experience that will always be remembered and never duplicated?

Teachers must present work or vocational identification, showing an active teaching status, to the front desk.  If you need more information, ask to speak with Rick Adams, Director of Education.

 

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The Legends of Lime Rock

6 Decades in the Making

For the first time ever, the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum has teamed up with Lime Rock Park and sponsor Vintage Racecar | Vintage Roadcar magazine to offer a special event, “The Legends of Lime Rock,” a driver reunion event taking place at the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum. This one of a kind event that celebrates the Legends of Lime Rock and the 60th Anniversary of Lime Rock Park on August 26th , 2017.

The Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum is proud to announce their all-star Legend of Lime Rock panel: Skip Barber, Dave Nicholas, Butch Leitzinger, Bob Leitzinger and George Alderman will bring the past back to the future for the audience as they discuss “Cars, Drivers, Stories.” The drivers aren’t the only Legends of Lime Rock which will be celebrated. Part of the evening will be watching some of the cars in action in the Simeone Museum’s large driving area. Participants will be able to learn about the cars that graced this historic track 60 years ago. Many phenomenal pieces of racing history will be the subject of a talk by car aficionado Dr. Fred Simeone and demonstrated for attendees.

After beginning with an outdoor demonstration, the event will be followed by a buffet and cocktails where participants can mingle with the guest drivers and catch up with fellow driver friends that haven’t been seen for a long, long time. Moderators for the panel include Dr. Fred Simeone and Master of Ceremonies Dave Nicholas. The night promises to be a casual evening and a driver reunion too long in the making. Join us for the memories. Proceeds from the event go to the museum’s SAFETY program.

The Panelists

Skip Barber – John “Skip” Barber III is a retired American race car driver famous for winning three SCCA national championships in a row, finishing 3rd in the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship and the 1969 and 1970 Formula Ford National Championships. Skip has taken part in the Monaco Grand Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, United States Grand Prix, and the Canadian Grand Prix as well as countless other racing events, both big and small. In 1975, Skip began his second career and opened what is now known as the “Skip Barber Driving School” and later became the owner/operator of Lime Rock Park, which he still operates today. On March 2, 2013, Skip was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.

Dave Nicholas – Self proclaimed “racing nerd” Dave Nicholas almost never made it into racing. In 1963 he was banned from ‘Watkins Glen” for a year due to sneaking on the track to do some “unofficial testing.” Less than 10 years later, Dave won at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta to take the 1973 class championship. He spent the next years racing when the right opportunities presented themselves and after almost 20 years, turned away from the sport in 1981. After 30 years absent from the sport, Dave found himself back in a race car in 2012 and during the 2014 season took the win in the Group 1 feature race of the Lime Rock Historics.

Oscar Koveleski – Oscar Koveleski is a retired American race car driver who found early success in racing. In 1950, Koveleski joined the SCCA and secured his first win, at Bone Stadium in Pittston, PA, a year later.  Oscar raced SCCA competitions throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s and also raced in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. Oscar also won the ASR National Championship at Road Atlanta in 1970. He later served on the Board of Directors for the SCCA as a way to contribute to helping secure better safety initiatives for drivers. Oscar was inducted into the SCAA Hall of Fame in February of 2015.

Bob Leitzinger –Bob Leitzinger is a retired American race car driver best known for his 1st place finish IMSA GTU Championship in 1989. Between 1982 and 1993 Bob racked up five wins, 8 poles, and an impressive 34.7% podium percentage. With a love of both racing and family, Bob was responsible for bringing both his son Butch and  Brought his son, Butch, and stepson Chuck Kurtz into IMSA racing, Bob retired from driving to oversee the “Leitzinger Racing Team” but later returned to vintage racing in 2009.

Butch Leitzinger – Butch Leitzinger is currently a race car driver with the Dyson Racing team. Butch competed in every 24 Hour of Le Mans race from 1997 through 2003, with the exception of 1998, securing an overall third place finish in 2001, and won his class in 2001 and 2002. Butch is also known for competing in various NASCAR Series races. Butch won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, twice with Dyson Racing (1997 & 1999), and once in a Nissan 300ZX (1994).

George Alderman – George Alderman is an American born race car driver that began his racing days in 1956 and holds a very special place in the history of Lime Rock Park. Geroge raced a Formula III car at the very first Lime Rock event in April 1957 and continued racing Formula III through 1961.  In 1960 George took four wins and several more podiums to win the SCCA championship, including a first place finish at Lime Rock. He competed successfully in IMSA’s GT, GTO and GTU categories from ’71 through ’89.

A Night to Remember

Your evening will begin with a thrilling private outdoor driving demonstration of historic autos. These cars were among the first to grace Lime Rock in 1957. Immediately after the demonstration, the event will adjourn inside the Simeone Museum during which guests will enjoy cocktails and a delicious buffet before taking part in a roundtable discussion. Dr. Fred Simeone will moderate an all-star panel including Lime Rock great Skip Barber. When asked about his vision for the evening, Dr. Simeone explained. 

Fred Simeone Legends of Lime Rock

“We really want this to be a reunion of drivers. This will be an event where they can get together again, share stories and reminisce. Drivers form a lifelong bond on the track. We want to bring some of that to our event.”

Legends of Lime Rock Skip Barber

Joining Skip will be some of the greatest race car drivers from Lime Rock history.

The evening’s theme “Drivers. Cars. Stories.” will spotlight the true “Legends of Lime Rock.”

 

Book Your Tickets for the “Legends of Lime Rock”

You can use the form below to book this special evening at the Simeone Museum proudly sponsored by Vintage Racecar | Vintage Roadcar. Additionally, proceeds from the Simeone part of the event will go to support its educational program, SAFETY (Simeone Automotive Foundation Educating Today’s Youth).

 

Questions?

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Did you know that distracted driving is the number one cause of death for America’s teens?  The Simeone Foundation SAFETY program was started to providing in-school classroom education and simulated driver experience. In doing so, we hope to help prevent motor vehicle and distracted driving crashes. Support this worthy cause while celebrating the “Legends of Lime Rock.”

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Closed for the 4th of July

Announced Museum Closing

Please note that the Simeone Museum will be CLOSED for the observance of Independence Day on July 4th, 2017 and will reopen at 10:00 AM on July 5th, 2017.

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Bonham’s Expert Historic Auto Appraiser Greg Porter visits The Simeone

 

Greg Porter Auto Appraiser Bonhams

Historic Auto Appraiser Visits The Simeone Foundation

Auto Appraiser and Collector Motorcars Consultant, Gregory Porter, from the internationally renowned auction house Bonhams,  will make two separate visits to The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in the month of July. Greg will be available at our two regularly scheduled Demo Days to provide complimentary vintage car appraisals for possible inclusion in the upcoming sixth annual Bonham’s “Preserving the Automobile” auction here at the Simeone Museum on Monday, October 2nd.

You can speak with Greg and get a complimentary valuation of your auto from this historic auto appraiser.

July 8th, 2017 – Historic Super Chargers Demo Day Event at The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum

July 22, 2017 – Ford v. Chevy Demo Day Event at The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum

More About Greg

First of all, you should know that Greg was born with a wrench in his hand. Because of this, Greg spent nearly every weekend of his youth in the workshop with his dad. Later on in life,  Greg went to work for a number of renowned restoration facilities. Since Greg has years of experience as an auto appraiser combined with a lifetime of knowledge in the field, he is considered a top industry expert. Because of our history of working together, we value his opinion as an auto appraiser. Most of all, we know that he’s the right person to help you value your historic auto. Greg is especially familiar when it comes to all manner of  Jaguar, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce.

Can’t bring your car? Bring photos of your car with you. They can be used the help make a determination of value for your vehicle. Because of this, please bring as many photos as possible to help establish the best estimate of value.

We hope you can join us.

More About Bonhams Auto Appraisers

Bonhams Auto Appraiser and Auction

  • Bonhams is a privately owned international auction house founded in 1793 that is also one of the world’s largest, most renowned auctioneers of fine art, antiques, motor cars, and jewelry.  You can also find more information about their history and background on their website by visiting here.