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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 Criland 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.

Feel free to share this page with anyone that loves classic sports and racing cars.

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Why Charge? – CTEK Battery Charging Technology Seminar

Did you know that:

– Most car batteries only deliver half their useful service life?

– Using an inexpensive trickle charger could be the worst thing for a car battery?

– Today’s car batteries need regular charge maintenance with a smart charger?

These and other questions will be answered in a technical seminar, “Why Charge?,” to be delivered by Tony Zeal, global training manager for CTEK, the Swedish manufacturer of smart chargers. We use CTEK chargers here at the museum and think you might find what Tony has to share illuminating.

Also, he will be giving away a CTEK charger, a CTEK Battery Sense unit that allows you to check your battery condition on a smart phone, and a CTEK backpack to some lucky attendees. The event is free with museum admission.

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Submissions Now Open – 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

Call for entries are now open for the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance presented by nonprofit Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK). Classic car collectors from throughout North America are invited to submit their entries for this premier Concours to be held on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 16 at the world-class Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. All entries submitted by May 1 will be considered for acceptance into the Concours and the entry kit can be found at http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/car-registration.html

The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance Selection Committee, led by Michael Tillson III, president and director of Cool Cars for Kids, Inc., and one of the country’s most highly regarded authorities on classic and sports automobiles, will review all nominations and promptly notify entrants of its decision. This year’s classes are: Open Cars, Closed Cars, Prewar Cars, Postwar Cars, and Sports Cars. Generally, cars manufactured prior to 1970 will be considered for acceptance into the Concours.

“It is always our intention to present a show field of select original and unique vehicles that will appeal to the sophisticated and discriminating audience that attends the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance,” said Tillson.

The Concours, on June 16, is the highlight of a two-day event presented by CCfK. The day-long, fundraising event includes professional judging and awards presented for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style; family-friendly activities; celebrity guests, among whom will be Super Bowl-winning Coach Dick Vermeil; a Car Corral behind the Simeone Museum for local car enthusiasts; food and specialty vendors; and access to the Simeone Museum – one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars.

The night before, on Friday, June 15, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance Preview Gala will be held at the Simeone Museum. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, Concours preview, silent auction and celebrity keynote.

All proceeds from the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance on June 16, and Preview Gala on June 15, benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in providing help and hope to children with rare birth disorders and their families, and to support research that will identify the best possible treatments.

Premiere Concours Entries:

Classic car collectors from throughout North America are invited to submit their entries for the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance. All entries will be considered for acceptance into the Concours. Nomination Submission Deadline, May 1, 2018 http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/car-registration.html

Car Corral Registration:

Classic car enthusiasts and owners are invited to participate in this year’s Car Corral to be held on the grounds of the Simeone Museum. Individual Space, $50. http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/concours.html

WHAT: 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

WHEN:  Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19153.

ADMISSION: Public admission, $25; students and children under 18, free.

For more information, visit www.coolcarsforkids.org, or call 267-982-CCfK (2235)

About Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK)

CCfK’s mission is to increase awareness of the issues faced by children with developmental disorders and birth defects.

  • Developmental disorders are the leading cause of infant mortality and childhood disability.
  • 7% percent of children born in the U.S. have 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.

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

Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pa. that brings together families of children with birth defects and classic car enthusiasts who share a common passion and appreciation for the one-of-a-kind. Funds raised from this unique partnership will directly forward its mission by supporting local and national charities – including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – to deliver care and support to children and families who struggle with the medical complexities associated with rare diagnoses. www.coolcarsforkids.org

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The Future is Now

Our newest exhibition, “The Future is Now” taking place from April 28-May 13, 2018 is a look at automotive technology once considered to be science fiction. We’re bringing together some of the most advanced automobiles currently in production or utilizing new concepts that will soon be available on the market. All the cars taking part  are brimming with some of the latest and greatest innovations including hybrid technology, touch screens, navigation systems, hands-free voice communication systems, object detection systems, radar, heads-up displays and advanced batteries.

Featured cars include

2018 Tesla Model 3

2018 Genesis G80 Sport

2018 Lexus LC 500 H or SC 500 H

2016 Rutgers University Formula Racer RFR16

2014 McLaren P1

2014 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2014 Entropy Racing EVSR

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

2016 Villanova University VU08 Racer

Check back for soon for photos and updates!