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Philly Model Car Show II

Philly Model Car Show II

The Philadelphia Area Car Modelers are back at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum for their 2nd NNL Model Car Show.

This year’s theme is “Welcome to Woodstock! – It’s all about VW’s Man!”

The sub-theme is “British Invasion”

Admission is $12.00 and all proceeds benefit the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum’s educational initiatives.

If you are a vendor or need more information, please use the form below to contact the organizers.

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Channel 6 Action News Visit

Channel 6 Action News came out to the Simeone Museum to do a story about out annual contribution to the Philadelphia Car Show. Karen Rogers reports.

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Join us at the 2019 Philly Auto Show

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will make its 11th straight appearance at the 2019 Philadelphia Auto Show from February 2-10. This year we’re taking our theme global with:

SPORTS CARS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

  • England – 1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
  • France – 1938  Peugeot Darl’mat Le Mans
  • Germany – 1939 BMW 328
  • Italy – 1929  Alfa Romeo 6c 1750 Super Sport
  • Japan – 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo
  • U.S.A. – 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Stop by our section and say hi if you make it out this year. Our staff and volunteers will be here all week. We hope to see you there!

You’ll find our display on the Broad Street side, at the Show Entrance, right near the escalators.

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Government Shutdown

As a small gesture of support for the federal employees affected by the government shutdown, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is offering free admission to federal employees and up to three additional guests until the shutdown is over. (Max 4 total)

*Federal ID required

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S.T.E.A.M. Soda Bottle Craft Event

S.T.E.A.M. Soda Bottle Craft Event

Noon – 2:00 on Saturday, January 19

Join us for a fun and educational afternoon designing and building your own rocket car. The event will begin with a quick introduction to the museum, our theme, and the collection. Following the tour, we will jump right into the design and construction of a compressed air powered soda bottle rocket car. Paint and other decorative material will be provided along with aerodynamic aids to make your car as fast as possible. Racing will be conducted on a 65-foot drag strip race track with electronic scoring to the thousandth of a second. Modifications can be built and tested on the track and in our scale model wind tunnel for the ultimate experience. Each race car will be a take-home keepsake.

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Things to know

  • The event will start promptly at noon and run until approximately 2:00
  • Price is $15.00 per student, which includes all materials and entry into the museum
  • Participation is open for students ages 10 – 16
RegisterHere

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HOLIDAY TOURS AND MORE

Museum Guided Tours

Wednesday, December 26 – Friday, December 28

10:30, 2:00, and 3:00

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.

Wednesday, December 26 – Friday, December 28

Tech Talk and Featured Car Demonstration

12:30 – 1:30

  • Wednesday – Porsche 917 LH
  • Thursday – Ferrari 375 MM
  • Friday – Vanderbilt Racing Roadster

We love talking tech, and want you to be a part of the conversation. At 12:30 every day we are going to lower the ropes and get you closer to 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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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials

Get your favorite gear-head something special for the holidays this year.

From November 23 through November 26, copies of Dr. Simeone’s first book “The Spirit of Competition” will be discounted 15% through our online store.

In addition, this Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27,  all memberships to the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum will be discounted 15%.

It’s the perfect chance to save and catch a final deduction before the start of the new year. 

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Spirit of Competition People’s Choice Demo Day

Spirit of Competition People’s Choice Demo Day

We wanted to thank everyone that took part in our recent voting. Almost 600 of you voted for our Spirit of Competition People’s Choice Demo Day Champions!

We are pleased to announce the top three vote-getters (in order) with a fourth added as Dr. Simeone’s personal pick from the collection. 

The following four cars will be presented and demonstrated on Saturday, November 24, which will also be our final Demo Day of the year. 

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Thanks again to everyone that took part in voting. We couldn’t do it without you! Remember, you can always download a copy of our 2019 schedule directly from our homepage

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Bring Out Your Bentleys

Bring Out Your Bentleys

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will once again host the “Best of Britain” event from Feb 16th through March 3rd 2019.  This year we will be celebrating the centennial of Bentley Motors Limited founded by W.O Bentley in Cricklewood, North London in 1919. Bentley became widely known as a builder of premium luxury cars and has held that position for the last century, not to mention their legacy of racing heritage earned by winning the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1924, 1927-1930 and again in 2003!  We are calling all Bentley Motorcar Owners to celebrate with us by submitting their car to represent this wonderful marque in the 2019 Best of Britain exhibit, sponsored by Ragtops & Roadsters, to be held at the museum from Feb 16th through March 3, 2019. We are looking for special Bentley Motorcars to represent a century of motoring, so please send a photo and a short description via the form below. 

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Spirit of Competition People’s Choice Demo Day

Our Spirit of Competition People’s Choice Awards is coming up in just a few weeks. You pick your three favorites cars from our collection of over sixty historically significant and we run the top vote-getters. After you vote, make sure to reserve your tickets for the big day. It’s coming up on November 24th! 

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Interesting Guest Cars added to our Oct 27 “Corvettes” Demo Day

We are disappointed to announce that due to forecasted inclement weather, our Corvette Demo Day scheduled for October 27 is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send out immediate notification. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

The first of our guest cars is the 1966 Penske Sunoco L 88. Currently owned by Kevin McKay, this car is known as one of the cars that launched Roger Penske’s career. 

Our second guest car is the famous 1969 Corvette ZL1, equipped with the early L88 engine and is only one of only two ever made. It is  one of the most powerful and rare production cars of its era and helped launch the development of the big block Chevy’s.

Our third guest car is the 1968 Yenko L88 Sunray DX owned by Irwin Kroiz. 

Don’t miss this very special Corvette day. The demonstration starts at 12 o’clock. At 11 o’clock a technical session will be held which will discuss the specific modifications that made these cars so important in the dawn of successful Corvette racing.

We are disappointed to announce that due to forecasted inclement weather, our Corvette Demo Day scheduled for October 27 is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send out immediate notification. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Book Signing and Discussion with Nick Skeens

Please join us as we welcome acclaimed author and biographer Nick Skeens to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on Wednesday, October 3, from 7PM through 9PM for a book signing and conversation about Formula 1 racing legend, John Barnard.

Copies of Nick’s book The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard – Motorsport’s Most Creative Designer will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

John Barnard revolutionized Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored in detail – and in accessible language – with special emphasis on his brilliant initiatives while at McLaren (the first carbon-fibre composite chassis) and Ferrari (the first semi-automatic gearbox). The Perfect Car is also a human-interest story, telling a tale of innovation under intense pressure while Barnard endeavored to maintain a stable family life. This is a landmark book that will be relished by anyone interested in motorsport and design.

About the Author:

Nick Skeens started writing about creativity for the Design Council with publications on subjects ranging from design education to creative thinking. He is the co-author of

Future Present (2000), Creative Island (2002) and Creative Island II (2009), books that celebrated British design genius by focusing on creative process. Before this he was a news editor and producer for ITN and GMTV. A freelance journalist, he lives on a barge in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, England, that he designed and helped build.

US publication date: August 2018 ●

US price: $60.00 ● ISBN: 978-1-910505-27-4 ● Hardback ● Format: 234x156mm Page extent: 652pp and 125 photographs ● most in color

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Bonhams Collectors Motorcars and Automobile Auction

Bonhams Collectors Motorcars and Automobile Auction

Bonhams, one of the world’s foremost automotive and fine art auction houses, will be returning to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum for their seventh “Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia” Auction, to be held on Monday, October 8.

The scheduled preview day will be on Sunday, October 7, from 10AM – 5PM.

Additional preview on Monday, October 8, from  9AM – 1PM.

Auctions will be held on Monday, October 8 with automobilia beginning at 11AM and motorcars beginning at 1PM.

Bonhams’ focus for this auction will be to offer over 50 exceptionally fine and original automobiles for sale, providing collectors with the opportunity to purchase fully documented, original automobiles that have either been sympathetically restored or recently unearthed.

This preserved 1930 Isotta Fraschini will be available for auction, along with many other gems

Select automotive ephemera, spares, and accessories (over 75 lots) will also be included as part of the auction, and will kick off the auction at 10:00 sharp.

Details on the event are on the Bonhams’ site, located here.

Admission price is included with purchase of the auction catalog and all visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the permanent exhibit of 65 sports racing cars in the Museum.

Catalogs will be for sale during the auction preview days and sale days. Bidders can register in advance by visiting http://bonhams.com/simeone, or by contacting Gregory Coe at Bonhams at 212-461-6514.

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2018 Spirit of Competition Award

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is pleased to officially announce our annual Spirit of Competition award winner. The Spirit of Competition represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Foundation. Each year a distinguished figure from motorsports who has a specific inspirational message is selected.  Automotive impresario, founder, and director of the Amelia Island Concours, Bill Warner will act as MC.

On Wednesday, October 31st we will present our 11th Spirit of Competition award to: 

ROGER PENSKE

Roger Penske is one of the most successful car and track owners in the history of motorsports. Starting his way as a driver in the SCCA, Penske found early success becoming the only driver to win the SCCA President’s Cup three times, with victories in 1960, 1962, and 1963. During this time, Penske would go on to win four consecutive SCCA National Championships from 1960-1963 and capture the Sports Illustrated Driver of the Year award in 1961. After retiring as a driver, Penske established his own racing team which found both immediate and long-term success over its fifty plus years with a multitude of wins in Indycar, NASCAR, and Sports Car championships. Throughout his distinguished career, Roger is credited with being part of nearly 500 wins in the sport of racing. We are honored to award this year’s “Spirit of Competition” to a recipient that has given so much of his life to the sport. Roger Penske reflects the true epitome for which the award was named.

SAVE THE DATE – Please join us in honoring Roger on October 31st with our 11th “Spirit of Competition” award. The event will begin at 6:00 pm and consist of a dinner with open bar, Bill Warner interviewing Roger before the award presentation, as well as the award presentation. 

Tickets are $150 per single, $275 per couple, and $1000 per table of eight. You can purchase them through Eventbrite here.

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Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds

Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds

Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 PM

Since its founding on December 1914, in Bologna, Italy, the Maserati brand has always stood by its tagline “Luxury, sports and style cast in exclusive cars.” We are pleased to bring its story to the Simeone for a special one-night screening of “Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds” on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 PM.  Watch this space as there will be more exciting details to follow.

Courtesy – www.selkirk-movies.com 

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

This is how the first chapter of the 90-minute Maserati documentary begins. The words stem from Sir Winston Churchill’s speech he delivered in Harrow in 1941.

It gives a foretaste of what is to come… “Maserati – A Hundred Years Against All Odds.”

The film deals with the company history and the marque’s industrial matters: from the early years, when production was concentrated on racing cars, to the advent of the first GT of the immediate post-war period through to the great classics of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.

Furthermore, the film is devoted to the trident’s road cars: from the A6 1500 to current production, including the extraordinary expressions of design offered by models like the 3500 and 5000 GT, the various Quattroportes, the Mistral, Ghibli, Indy to then approach the present day, touching on the 3200 GT and the current Quattroporte, Granturismo, the 2013 Ghibli and the Alfieri.

Historic and high-quality modern pictures illustrate each of these models in a long treatise accompanied by a narration, which focuses on the historic matters associated with this vein of Maserati production.

Another vital part of the film deals is about races: from the outset Maserati’s history has mainly been one of racing, from the pioneering era to the glorious Fifties, as much in Formula 1 with the 1957 world championship won by Juan Manuel Fangio, as endurance races, Maserati has expressed itself with success at the top levels of the sport. But even before that, the glorious marque had written unforgettable pages in the annals of racing, including victories at Indianapolis in 1939 and 1940. The recent success of the MC12 is the latest chapter in this proud history of achievement.

Maserati – The House of the Trident … 100 Years Against All Odds!