Celebrating the Spirit of Competition
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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
1929 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, “Cars, Drivers, Stories,” 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. Ferrari Testarossa, a Maserati 300, MGA, a Jomar and many other phenomenal pieces of racing history will be the subject of a talk by car aficionado Dr. Fred Simeone.

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?

 

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.

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Simeone Summer Camp Group Special

Simeone Summer Camp Group Special

Calling all Summer Camps!

Plan a day trip for your campers at The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum and give them a day to remember.

If you are looking for a new and exciting program to take your summer camp and day trips, then look no further! Beat the heat and the boredom with our new fun & exciting indoor summer camp program. Our special collection dedicated to racing and the “Spirit of Competition” is filled with almost 80 permanent and rotating rare championship automobiles, split into two galleries. Our facility can accommodate more than two-thousand people, has free parking, three different private lunchrooms, and air conditioning! We’re minutes off the I-95 Expressway and close to both center city and the Philadelphia airport. Check out the calendar for the museum’s events, including our bi-monthly Demonstration Days. Plan a day that your campers will always remember, surrounded by one of the most incredible collections of racing cars in the world. We can’t wait to spend our summer with YOU!

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Revolutionary Rides Demo Day

Revolutionary Rides Demo Day – July 1st

Join us July 1st, 2017 at 12:00 sharp as we present a very special revolution-themed Demo Day at The Simeone Auto Museum. It’s around this time of year that we start to think about how revolutions changed the world, and race cars are no exception. Our “Revolutionary Rides – Cars That Changed the World” Demo Day might just change the way you look at some of your favorite race cars. Learn as Dr. Simeone enlightens our audience on how specific engineering breakthroughs work and see the cars that pioneered them in action.

Discover some of the greatest automotive innovates ever to evolve in the history of sports cars.

Topics covered will include the history and development of the following revolutionary firsts

The first car with standard production disc brakes like those on the world champion 1952 Jaguar D-Type.

The first car with production fuel injection, the groundbreaking 1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing.

The first to feature both an independent front suspension and unibody construction, a true innovation for the time, the 1921 Lancia Lambda.

The first car with a super lightweight honeycombed aluminum chassis, the unbelievable Ford GT 40 Mark IV.

And last but certainly not least, the first car with four-wheel hydraulic brakes, our incredibly rare championship 1921 Duesenberg race car. (Not running)

Take part as we celebrate the contribution of sports racing cars to the revolution of automotive design and discover how these shifts in technological innovation add to and impact the “Spirit of Competition” over the last 100 years.  (This exhibition is at no additional cost beyond regular admission.)

 

 

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Special Exhibit: Mopar or No Car – June 17th to July 9th, 2017

Special Exhibit: Mopar or No Car – June 17th to July 9th, 2017

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to announce our newest Special Exhibit, “Mopar or No Car”, which will be held from June 17th to July 9th, 2017. Join us in celebrating the rich history of one of America’s oldest and greatest automotive manufacturers. We’ll have approximately 12 cars on display from the early 1960s through 2017, representing an exciting array of Mopar sports cars from Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, and SRT.

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Simeone Museum Launches the new Alfa Romeo Giulia on May 13th

Simeone Museum Launches the new Alfa Romeo Giulia on May 13th

A rare example of the much advertised new Alfa Romeo Giulia will be discussed at the historical Alfa Romeo celebration at the Simeone Automotive Museum on May 13, 2017. Read more →

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Joining us Saturday, May 27: Gregory Porter, ‎Consultant Motor Car Representative at Bonhams!

Gregory Porter will be on hand Saturday, May 27th 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.
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Rare 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider added to the May 13th Demonstration Day

Rare 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider added to the May 13th Demonstration Day

The greatest Alfa Romeo road racing sports cars of the Golden era will be displayed and demonstrated on the track, but in addition, their grandchild, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, brother to the 8C Competizione, will be displayed as our special guest. Not only will the visitors see the greatest pre-World War II sports cars in action, but their philosophical postwar evolution, the famous 8C Spider will also be here. This car was created in limited numbers when Alfa realized the importance of its outstanding racing heritage. Read more →

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Join us June 24th for the Cool Cars for Kids 1st Annual Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

Join us June 24th for the Cool Cars for Kids 1st Annual Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

Cool Cars for Kids

Cool Cars for Kids partners with The Simeone Foundation

Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. is proud to present the First Annual Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Join us for a classic car show and competition to support research into birth defects and developmental disorders at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This will be a great event with a collection of incredible classic cars with all proceeds helping children in great need.

Highlights include:

Preview Gala – Friday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm

Premier judged Concours event

Public car display (bring your cool car!)

Family-friendly activities and silent auction

The mission of Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK) is to increase awareness of the issues faced by children with developmental disorders and birth defects.

Did you know?

• Developmental disorders are the leading cause of infant mortality and childhood disability.

• 7% percent of children born in the U.S. have a 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.

Who We Support:

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. An example of this is the Center for Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) and Related Diagnoses at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the National CdLS Foundation.

The Center at CHOP is not only a leader in research advancements related to this field but also provides multidisciplinary care to children and adults with complex developmental diagnoses. The Center at CHOP operating in close collaboration with the CdLS Foundation both share a common goal: to help people affected by CdLS and developmental diagnoses live longer, healthier, and happier lives. The Center does that through medical care and research and the Foundation through emotional support and education.

By working together these groups strive to give children hope; that they may be able to learn, play, and enjoy the happy and healthy life they deserve!

For more information, to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit:

CoolCarsforKids.com

Cool Cars for Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Philadelphia.

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Simeone Museum Closed Easter Sunday 4/16

Please note that the Simeone Museum will be CLOSED in observance of Easter Sunday 4/16.

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Family of iconic race driver Dave MacDonald visits his Cobra Daytona Coupe

Family of iconic race driver Dave MacDonald visits his Cobra Daytona Coupe

It has been 53 years since Dave MacDonald took Carroll Shelby’s Cobra Daytona Coupe to victory in the 12 hours of Sebring, the first victory for that car in a major international race and the beginning of the series which would ultimately earn America’s first world sports car championship. MacDonald was America’s most up-and-coming racecar driver. During the four short years of his activity, he entered 118 races and won a remarkable 52! 75 races found him on the podium. His career ended in a crash at the Indianapolis 500 shortly after the Sebring victory and his wife Sherry raised their children putting his racing career behind her. Read more →