Celebrating the Spirit of Competition
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The Future is Now

The Future is Now at the Simeone Museum as we look to find sporty/racing automobiles using innovative technology once considered science fiction. We are looking to prove that we are living in the future, a world where driving an automobile with technology once thought to be science fiction is an everyday experience. Innovations such as hybrid technology, touch screens, navigation systems, hands free voice communication systems, object detection systems, radar, heads up displays, electric, solar, and more are needed to showcase these once sci-fi technologies.

If you have a sports car, a car built for speed and fun that has any number of the above features send us a submission to see if it can be a part of the Future is Now Exhibition at the Simeone Museum from April 28, 2018-May 13, 2018.

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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.


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 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 12th 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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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2017 People’s Choice Voting Now Open

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



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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


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


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


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.