Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

“The Spirit of Competition”

The Spirit of Competition – The story behind the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Spirit Of Competition

by Frederick A. Simeone, M.D.

Preface by Mario Andretti

Photography by Michael Furman

384 pages, hardbound

The Spirit of Competition is the story behind the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, the creation of neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, who began acquiring the cars in the collection five decades ago.

Not simply a display of racing cars, Dr. Simeone chose each car as an integral element in the story he wanted to tell: how the principles of evolution affect inanimate objects the same way it does living organisms. Beginning at the dawn of the automotive age, the narrative shows how production cars, racing to show their superiority over other manufacturers, evolved in a few short decades to purpose-built, exotic platforms. In the process, this competitive spirit gave birth to engineering advancements that everyone takes for granted today.

But even more, The Spirit of Competition is the story of how the teenage son of a physician in the working-class Philadelphia neighborhood of Port Richmond inherited his father’s love of automobiles, and began to assemble one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Cars of this caliber rarely come on the auction block; their acquisition is the result of thorough detective work, research and good luck. For the first time, Dr. Simeone relates the fascinating stories behind each of the members of his extraordinary collection.

For Pete Vack’s review of The Spirit Of Competition in Veloce Today, go HERE.

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The Spirit Of Competition is available in three Editions:

Standard Hardbound Edition – $185 + $15 S&H

Leather Hardbound Edition – $550 + $15 S&H
Signed by Dr. Simeone and Michael Furman

Super Premium Leather Edition – $1850 + $15 S&H (Only 25 available to the public)
Leather bound and slip cased. Signed by Mario Andretti, Dr. Simeone and Michael Furman. Purchaser may also order any Michael Furman image from the book to complete this special edition. Print size is 9″ x 12″ and signed by Mr. Furman.

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Standard Hardbound Edition International Shipping – $185 + $50 S&H

“Spirit Of Competition” Wins National Automotive Museum Book Award



The book profiling the Simeone Museum, “The Spirit of Competition,” received the First Place Award of Excellence from the National Association of Automotive Museums (NAAM) at their recent convention in Tupelo, Miss. The Award was in the “Books and Exhibit Catalogs” category.

The National Association of Automobile Museums is comprised of 168 members. The association is intended for institutions and people dedicated to the automobile and its history, including museums, companies, auto clubs and individuals. The mission of NAAM is to be a professional center of excellence for the support, promotion and education of automobile museums and affiliated organizations.


“Jay Leno’s Garage” Features Simeone Book

An interview with photographer Michael Furman talking with Jay Leno about “The Spirit of Competition” is currently featured on Jay Leno’s Garage Web site Calling it “probably the book of the year,” Leno discusses the contents with Furman, who shot the studio photos of the cars.

Leno visited the Museum when it first opened and videos of several of our cars with Jay driving are also on his Web site, including the Cobra Daytona Coupe, the Squire, the Cunningham C4R, and the duPont Le Mans Replica.