Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

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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 – 6PM.

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. 

More details, including how to purchase tickets,  will be announced soon. 

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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!

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Luca Dal Monte Book Signing and Dinner

Saturday, October 13 – 2:00 PM (After Enzo Ferrari Demo Day)

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is pleased to announce that we will be joined by a very special guest on October 13, in conjunction with our “Enzo Ferrari” Demo Day. Please join us as we welcome Luca Dal Monte, author of “Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire” through our doors for in-depth conversation with the most definitive biographer of Enzo Ferrari alive today. Afterward, Luca will be available to sign copies of his book, which will also be on sale at the event. Later that evening, we are planning a more intimate dinner with Luca at one of Philadelphia’s premier restaurants, which will be separate ticketed event. More details will be provided as they become available.

This is Mr. Dal Monte’s first visit to the United States since the publication of the book in March of this year.

Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automobile Empire

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An Evening with Hurley Haywood

An Evening with Hurley Haywood

From his upbringing in Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois, to his chance meeting with Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood was destined to drive anything he could get his hands on. Life-long relationships with Porsche and the Brumos dealership provided the kinds of opportunities of which most racing drivers only dream.

With three overall victories at Le Mans, five at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Haywood is the world’s most successful endurance sports-car racer. In addition, Haywood won several championships and dozens of other races during a career spanning more than 43 years.

The Simeone Museum will have a special evening on October 26th with Hurley Haywood and Sean Cridland to discuss their new book, HURLEY, From the Beginning. The event begins at 7:00 PM and will include a book signing at the end. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop. All members get in free. For tickets and more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-hurley-haywood-tickets-49119732442


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10th Anniversary Motorcycle Exhibition – Bike Participants

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum’s annual Motorcycle Exhibition is celebrating it’s 10th year!  Our 2018 show promises to be bigger and better than ever. Join us from Saturday, August 18 – Friday, September 7, as we showcase over 40 different historic bikes spanning over 90 years in three distinct themes.

Indian Motorcycles 1902 to 1953 –  Indian Motorcycles have a long, proud history as not only one of America’s oldest manufacturers, but as one of most beloved. After bringing many firsts to the industry, Indian dominated racing in the days of board track racing. In the 1920s and 30s Indian brought to market a well-engineered four-cylinder, luxury motorcycle in addition to the Sport Scout and Chief models. Years later rival motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson had out-maneuvered Indian as a war supplier and things began to come undone when the last big v-twin Chief rolled out the door in 1953.

Italian Motorcycles 1938 to 1988 – Italian Motorcycles have always had a unique feel about them. From their look, to their sound, and their ride, are all as unique as the regions in which they were developed. From the humble Cucciolo to the fabulous Moto Guzzi V-8 grand prix motorcycles, Italian motorcycles have consistently been known for both their flare and innovative technology.

Hyper-Performance Motorcycles 1970 to 1993 – Superbikes offer performance that sets new standards for their time while altering their respective playing field. In the modern era, motorcycles like the legendary Honda CB750, the Kawasaki Z1, the Munch Mammoth, the BMW R90S defined performance in their day. From the turbo-assisted bikes of the 1980s to the sexy Ducati 916 of the 1990s, Superbikes are known to define their era’s outer performance envelope with ease.

If August is too long a wait, stop by The Simeone today. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary we are going to be displaying Burt Munro’s record-setting 1920 Indian Scout, AKA the “World’s Fastest Indian,”  through the end of the exhibit.

PARTICIPATING BIKES INCLUDE

1913 Indian 61 Twin – Presented by American Iron magazine

1920 Indian Scout / ex-Burt Munro’s ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ – Presented by Clyde Crouch

1937 Indian Chief – Presented by William Walker

1938 MR Velomoteur Model D2 “Passe-Partout”- Presented by Iron Oxide  

1938 Moto Guzzi GTS 500 – Presented by Todd Trumbore

1939 Indian Chief – Presented by Steve Geiger

1940 Indian Sport Scout – Presented by John Weiss

1941 Indian 841 – Presented by Stephen DuPont

1948 Guzzi Super Alce – Presented by Wicker Francis

1949 Indian Vagabond motor scooter – Presented by Thomas Harpel

1952 Ducati model 42 Cucciolo (Puppy) – Presented by Christian Jensen

1952 Guzzi Falcone Sport – Presented by Buzz Kanter

1953 Indian Chief Roadmaster – Presented by Walter Michl

1954 Moto Comet 175 Sport – Presented by Robert Mirable

1954 Victoria Bergmeister V35 – Presented by Todd Trumbore

1956 Messerschmitt Sport KR200 (Kabinenroller) – Presented by Thomas Harpel

1957 Moto Islo Carrera – Presented by Robert Mirable

1957 Ducati 175S – Presented by Christian Jensen

1958 Harley-Davidson XLR – Presented by Charles Kowchack

1958 BSA Gold Star DBD34 – Presented by Kerry Kubena

1959 Norton Manx 30M – Presented by William Bailey

1960 F.B. Mondial 175 Sprint – Presented by Bill Becker

1967 Harley-Davidson Electric-Glide – Presented by William Walker

1967 Suzuki X6 Scrambler (TC250) – Presented by John Weiss

1968 Norton Atlas (Dunstall Dominator) – Presented by Chris Owen

1969 Yamaha TR2 – Presented by John Lawless

1969 BSA A75 Rocket 3 – Presented by Kerry Kubena

1969 Sears Gilera 106SS – Presented by Pete Noneman

1971 OSSA Pioneer 250 AE Works ISDT Special – Presented by William Blythe

1973 Kawasaki Z1 900 – Presented by Rich Holman

1974 Condor A350 – Presented by Gary Renna

1975 Suzuki GT750 – Presented by Gary Renna

1976 Yamaha TZ250 C model – Presented by Lance Kern

1976 BMW R90S – Presented by Frank Mummolo

1977 MV Agusta 850 – Presented by William Bock

1978 Harley-Davidson SX175 –Presented by William Walker

1978 Ducati NCR900 Factory Racer #088355  – Presented by Bob Robbins

1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 AMA Superbike racer – Presented by Bob Robbins

1983 Suzuki GS1100E – Presented by Harry Langdon

1984 Fallert BMW – Presented by Klaus Huenecke

1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R – Presented by John Weiss

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma – Presented by Gary Renna

1992 BMW K1 with hub steering and sidecar  – Presented by Klaus Huenecke

1994 Ducati 916 – Presented by Bill Knox

1999 MV Agusta 750 Oro F4 – Presented by John Zappini

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3rd Race Car Engineer Session Added

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Master Class on Automotive Studio Photography with Michael Furman

Join us on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00 PM for a “Master Class on Automotive Studio Photography with Michael Furman.”

Michael Furman is one of the most noted automobile photographers in the world today. His legendary work has been featured in numerous books and splashed across countless magazine covers. This one-day special event will spotlight his photographic techniques while offering insightful commentary on the topic of shooting automobiles under the most ideal circumstances, all in real time. This is the perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience for serious photographers and students of automotive art. Get a closer look at how Michael works under studio conditions as our main space is transformed with blacked out and reflection-free black drapes to give him the perfect shooting conditions.

Discover how Micheal has taken some of the greatest car images in the world on his trusty 45 MP camera and learn how he creates the perfect automotive photograph while positioned almost 100 feet away. Michael is an experienced craftsman who has devoted his life to imaging the finest automobiles in the world and for one day only, he will be sharing his unique story.

This one-day Master Class is free with a regular admission to the museum. Advanced registration is not required, but is encouraged, in order to provide the best support to those in attendance and our regular museum guests.

This is a FREE EVENT for all Simeone Museum membership holders.

Reserve yourTickets Here

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Bol D’Or Film Screening with Peter Starr

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2018 Motorcycle Exhibition

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum’s annual Motorcycle Exhibition is celebrating it’s 10th year!  Our 2018 show promises to be bigger and better than ever. Join us from Saturday, August 18 – Friday, September 7, as we showcase over 40 different historic bikes spanning over 90 years in three distinct themes.

Indian Motorcycles 1902 to 1953 –  Indian Motorcycles have a long, proud history as not only one of America’s oldest manufacturers, but as one of most beloved. After bringing many firsts to the industry, Indian dominated racing in the days of board track racing. In the 1920s and 30s Indian brought to market a well-engineered four-cylinder, luxury motorcycle in addition to the Sport Scout and Chief models. Years later rival motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson had out-maneuvered Indian as a war supplier and things began to come undone when the last big v-twin Chief rolled out the door in 1953.

Italian Motorcycles 1938 to 1988 – Italian Motorcycles have always had a unique feel about them. From their look, to their sound, and their ride, are all as unique as the regions in which they were developed. From the humble Cucciolo to the fabulous Moto Guzzi V-8 grand prix motorcycles, Italian motorcycles have consistently been known for both their flare and innovative technology.

Hyper-Performance Motorcycles 1970 to 1993 – Superbikes offer performance that sets new standards for their time while altering their respective playing field. In the modern era, motorcycles like the legendary Honda CB750, the Kawasaki Z1, the Munch Mammoth, the BMW R90S defined performance in their day. From the turbo-assisted bikes of the 1980s to the sexy Ducati 916 of the 1990s, Superbikes are known to define their era’s outer performance envelope with ease.

If August is too long a wait, stop by The Simeone today. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary we are going to be displaying Burt Munro’s record-setting 1920 Indian Scout, AKA the “World’s Fastest Indian,”  through the end of the exhibit.

You can find a list of bikes taking part by visiting here.

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SUMMER RENTALS ARE 50% OFF!

Celebrations are meant to share! After giving us so many great memories over the last ten years, we wanted to return the favor to you, our loyal fans. In the spirit of our celebration of 10 years, we are offering a special event discount through August 31. Book your next celebration at The Simeone and take fifty percent off the regular rental price. This offer includes fundraisers, birthday parties, corporate networking events, corporate meetings, trade shows, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversary parties, retirement parties, sales presentations, car club meetings, car shows and more. Some restrictions do apply and space is subject to availability. Please call for packages and pricing or reach out via the form below.

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Closed for the 4th of July

Friendly Reminder! The Simeone Museum will be CLOSED for the observance of Independence Day on July 4th, 2018 and will reopen at 10:00 AM on July 5th, 2018.

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Pride of Our Rides

Our volunteers are a critical part of everything that we do at The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum. From making our Demo Days better to helping out with anything and everything, you are an essential component to making the museum the best that it can be. You take a lot of pride in the museum and we are just as proud of you.

To celebrate all the great work that you do, we are planning our very first “Pride of Our Rides” volunteer appreciation day on Saturday, August 4 from 10AM through 3PM.

We want to see that special something that you have been working on all these years, from barn finds to finished show vehicles. If it’s on wheels, its eligible. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, truck, or motorcycle. If you own it and love it, we want to see it.

Entry is only open to Simeone Foundation Auto Museum volunteers. This is a car show just for you. To submit your vehicle, all you need to do is fill out the form below. Entries will be taken on a first-come basis, and we reserve the right to limit the number of vehicles based on space allowances. Multiple vehicles can be entered, but limitations might be placed to allow for maximum volunteer participation.

Certificates will be awarded to all entries. This isn’t a competition, just the chance to share our common love of all things vehicle-related. All vehicles will be signed with the information you provide. This event will be open to the public and give you the opportunity to share your vehicle. The entry deadline is Thursday. July 5th at midnight.

Check out the cars taking part…

  • 1980/71 Alfa Spider
  • 1910 5-passenger touring Reo R
  • 1930 Ford Tudor Highboy 1
  • 1951 Ford Custom
  • 1956 Chevrolet Nomad
  • 1963 Plymouth Valiant
  • 1966 Corvette Convertible
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • 1970 Chevrolet El Camino
  • 1976 Corvette Stingray
  • 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express 
  • 1982 Suzuki 1100EZ 
  • 1991 Toyota MR2 T-top coupe
  • 1992 Harley Chopper
  • 1995 GMC Suburban
  • 1995 Porsche 968 Cabriolet
  • 1997 BMW 328is
  • 1999 BMW Z3 Roadster
  • 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster
  • 2002 Mercedes Benz SL500
  • 2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe
  • 2004 MazdaSpeed MX-5
  • 2012 Mercedes Coupe C350
  • 2013 Fiat Abarth 
  • 2014 Mustang GT 
  • 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
  • 2017 Corvette
  • 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus
  • 2018 Corvette Grand Sport
  • 2018 McLaren 720S
  • 1939 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe

*Some cars may not be present in inclement weather.

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Race Car Summer Camp

Looking for something fun AND educational for your kids to do this summer? Join us at the Simeone for a unique, exclusive experience!

For the first time ever, we are opening up our world-famous collection to our youngest fans and giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget. This July, our brand new, hands on S.T.E.A.M. camp revs up with exciting projects and a behind the ropes study of the coolest cars on the planet!

For those unfamiliar, S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. It is one of the newest educational approaches designed to foster a deeper love and appreciation for scientific based learning. Many people might be more familiar with S.T.E.M., but here at the Simeone Museum we use the artistry in our collection to tie each of those scientific disciplines together! Camp attendees will cover all five topics as we explore our collection and complete projects that hone their skills building to an unforgettable final day grand finale –  a CO2 powered race car competition.

Each camper will design, build, and race their very own CO2 powered race car using a variety of materials including foam blocks, cardboard, and plastic wheels while incorporating the fundamentals of S.T.E.A.M. education learned throughout the week. Powered by CO2, on a purpose built track, each camper’s individually designed and engineered race car will compete for our first-ever “Spirit of Competition” award while achieving speeds up to and possibly exceeding 70 MPH.

Daily Curriculum

(Each day includes design and testing of CO2 dragsters)

Monday, July 9 – Day 1: Automobile Aerodynamics: testing different shapes and models in a wind tunnel.

Tuesday, July 10 – Day 2: The Internal Combustion Engine: energy, alternative energy, Air Powered Rockets!

Wednesday, July 11 – Day 3: Kinetic Energy: automobile braking systems, impact/crash safety, Egg Drop Day!

Thursday, July 12 – Day 4: Automobile Design: Form not Function, drawing and coloring for style not performance.

Friday, July 13 – Day 5: CO2 Racers: Completion and Racing of CO2 dragsters. Celebrating “The Spirit of Competition!”

Camp Details 

Who: Boys and Girls, ages 10-16

What: Race Car Engineer Summer Camp

When: July 9 – July 13 from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm

Where: Simeone Foundation Auto Museum

Why: To make friends, have fun, and learn

How: Use the form below to sign up. Camp tuition for the entire week is just $200 per camper and includes lunch for all days.

 

 

 

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Simeone Museum to be featured on My Classic Car with Dennis Gage

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum  was recently paid a visit from Dennis Gage, the host of one of our favorite television shows “My Classic Car.”  Dennis and the team stopped by to see what he referred to as “one of the most amazing collections he has ever seen” and to feature us in an upcoming episode.

The episode is scheduled to premiere on the Velocity Channel on Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 am ET.

Following that, it will re-air several time including:

NBC Sports Network on a Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 pm ET

MAVTV on Friday, May 18 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm ET

MATV on Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 am & 12:00 pm ET

MAVTV on Monday, May 21 at 3:30 am ET and Monday, May 28 at 3:00 am ET

It will also air again on all those networks six months from their original airing dates.

You can check out the promo clip by visiting  http://www.myclassiccar.com/episode/22/16/

If you can’t catch it or don’t have those channels, there is no need to worry!  The episode will also be available on the My Classic Car YouTube channel right after it airs for the first time on Velocity.

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