Demo Days at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is home to our world-famous Demo Days, which are an automotive experience you’ll never forget. Each Demo Day features cars from our collection, as well as guest cars from other collections, in a themed presentation and demonstration run. Using the expansive 3-acre parking lot behind the museum, you can see, hear and smell history come to life through these magnificent machines. Demo Days are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The program begins promptly at 12:00 noon outdoors in the back parking lot. In the event of inclement weather, the Demo Day will be held indoors. Please be sure to check our homepage for weather updates.
We begin each Demonstration Day with a brief lecture on each car’s importance and its place in history. Immediately after the lecture, each car is demonstrated outdoors in the parking lot in a controlled manner, weather permitting. After the demonstration runs are complete, we lower the ropes and allow guests to see each car up close and take pictures. Please check our website for any last-minute changes, before coming to see the event. To see thousands of photos of past Demo Days, please visit our Demo Days Photos page.
Admission to each Demonstration Day is included as part of the regular General Admission price. To get tickets to our Demo Days, all you have to do is purchase General Admission tickets below! Simply add up the number of Demo Days you wish to attend. If you aren’t able to attend a particular Demo Day, you can still use them to attend the Museum during regular hours.
For 2017, we’re adding a new twist – most Demo Days will feature a Special Guest Car which has never been seen at the Museum!
2017 Demo Days Schedule:
May 13 – Alfa Dominates
Winning by design.
Featured Cars: Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider, Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM Spider.
May 27 – Pre-selector Shifting
Racing with both hands on the wheel!
Featured Cars: MG K3 Magnette, Squire Roadster, Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Le Mans, Delahaye 135S.
Plus a special guest car to be announced 1 month in advance!
June 10 – 1954 – A Most Exciting Le Mans
Featured Cars: Ferrari 375 MM, Jaguar D-Type, Cunningham C4-R.
July 8 – Historic Superchargers!
Featured Cars: Mercedes S-Type Sportwagen, Stutz Le Mans, Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider, Auburn Speedster, Cord 812 Convertible.
July 22 – Ford vs. Chevy
The Blue Oval and the Bow Tie on the track and on the street!
Featured Cars: Ford GT40 Mk II, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Boss Mustang, Corvette 427 Roadster, Bill Elliott NASCAR Ford Thunderbird.
August 12 – Made for Le Mans!
Sports racers built specifically for the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Featured Cars: Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans, Aston Martin 2-Litre Le Mans, Bugatti Type 5G Tank – Le Mans winner!
September 23 – David vs. Goliath
Small cars beating the Big Guys!
Featured Cars: MG K3 Magnette, BMW 328, Alfa Romeo 6C 1750.
October 14 – Ferrari Innovation
Featured Cars: Ferrari 375 MM, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Ferrari 365P Tre Posti.
This event will coincide with the annual Ciao Philadelphia 2017 Celebration.
October 28 – Corvettes!
A special Demo Day as part of our annual Corvette Racing Weekend.
Featured Cars: Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Chevrolet Corvette 427 Roadster.
November 11 – They had Brass!
Early road racing.
Featured Cars: Mercer Raceabout, Stutz 4C Bearcat, Renault.
November 25 – Vote! Vote! Vote!
Choose your favorite Simeone Museum race cars and we’ll run ’em!