We will be having two Demo Days each month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. (Please check schedule for exact dates for each month). Each event has a theme, which Dr. Simeone will discuss in the presentation that begins promptly at Noon. Then, we take selected cars from the collection out for a run on our back lot (weather permitting).
Please go here for complete details and schedule. Or, you can download our brochure by clicking on the photo to the right.
50 Years of Mustang Celebrated, July 12 – 27
Few cars have had the impact that the Ford Mustang did when it was introduced in 1964. The original Ford Mustang debuted at the attractive price of $2,368. Dealers were inundated with requests for the sleekly-styled new vehicle. Ford initially forecast annual sales of about 100,000 units. On the first day alone, dealers took 22,000 Mustang orders. During the Mustang’s first 12 months on the market, sales built to an astounding 417,000. Within two years, sales had catapulted to one million.
We’ll honor this icon on its birthday with a special show spanning the various models and special editions.
Mustang Club Car Show, Sunday July 20th
Join us on Sunday, July 20th (weather permitting) for a Mustang Car show on our back parking lot. The show is open to any Mustang and we’ll have Award Certificates for the best cars in various classes. Cost to enter is $25 and includes admission for the driver to the Museum. The gates open at 9 am and the judging starts at Noon.
Dr. Simeone Knighted By The Italian Republic
On June 12, 2014, the Italian Republic conferred the title ‘Cavaliere ‘ (cavalier or knight) to Fred Simeone for his contributions to healthcare and education. Dr. Simeone was Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he was the creator of the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the author of hundreds of medical articles and seven textbooks, and he trained scores of neurosurgical residents and fellows.
At the ceremony were (from left) John A. Fry, President of Drexel University; Joseph V. Del Raso, President of the National Italian American Foundation NIAF; Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the City of Philadelphia; Frank Giordano, former President of the Union League, President and CEO of Philly Pops; Joseph H. Jacovini, Attorney at Law at Dilworth Paxson; Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia; Fred Simeone, Founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
Corvette Demo Day Moved To August 9th
Because of a conflict with the “Corvettes at Carlisle” show, we will be swapping our August Demo Days. The “Sting Ray: Why Is It Our Favorite Corvette?” will move to August 9th. The “Racing In Style” Demo Day will take its place on August 23rd.
Safe Driving Seminar By Racer Andy Pilgrim August 9th
Andy Pilgrim has been a professional race driver for 29 years, winning five championships along the way, and is currently a Pro driver for GM Racing’s Team Cadillac. Andy will be at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on Saturday, August 9th at 11:00 AM, to present a seminar on traffic safety and distracted driving. The seminar will be right before the Corvette Demo Day.
Andy is a leading force in bringing attention to the critical role parents play in their children’s driving education. Most parents never think about the fact that driver education starts the moment a parent turns that child safety seat around. Andy is also leading ground breaking efforts to put mobility knowledge into middle schools.
The seminar is free with regular museum admission, but you must register in advance by going here.
Classic Motorcycle Show Coming In August
This years Classic Motorcycles at the Simeone will be celebrating Vincent/H.R.D., Brough Superior And Pre-1974 250cc and under motorcycles. The show opens on August 16th and runs through Friday, September 12th. The bikes then move out to the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 14th.
The show will launch with a Kick-Start party on Saturday, August 16th. Matthew Biberman, author of Big Sid’s Vincati will be our Special Guest/Featured Speaker. Joining him will be our good friend, AMA Hall of Famer, Cycle Magazine editor, Daytona winner Cook Neilson.
Complete information and a link to order Launch Party tickets are here.
Motorcycle Photography Workshop
We will be having a third photography workshop this year on August 17th, from 11 AM to 4 PM. This Motorcycle Photography Workshop will feature Dawn Deppi, Internationally known Motorcycle Artist. Dawn will be leading the presentation on her technique of photographing a motorcycle.
Heather Krut will be joining the discussion a Canon Camera Product educator speaking on camera lenses and products that Dawn uses in her photo sessions. George Fennell Regional Business Manager from Macgroup will be discussing tools for metering light and calibration, which Dawn uses in her sessions and computer work. Rich Weaver from New York camera will be showcasing ways for photographers to get the equipment they need and to get the job done to perfection.
The workshop is $75.00 per person Including Lunch. Limited to 50 participants. Complete information is here.
Three-time Le Mans winner Hurley Haywood received the sixth annual “Spirit of Competition” Award on November 20th, 2013, at a gala fundraising dinner at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Past recipients of the award include Mario Andretti, Janet Guthrie, John Fitch, Craig Breedlove and Sam Posey.
Bill Warner, chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, introduced Haywood. The 2013 Spirit of Competition Award presentation was sponsored by Wilkie Lexus, Haverford, Pa. Additional sponsors for the event included Hagerty Insurance and RM Auctions.
Haywood has won Le Mans three times (1977, 1983, and 1994) and has a record five wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and won Sebring in 1973 and 1981. He also represented IMSA in the International Race of Champions in 1986, 1989, 1992, and 1995. He is currently chief driving instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School and he is the driving force behind Brumos Automotive.
Go here for more information and photos of this fabulous event.
At their annual meeting in London on November 14th, The International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA) selected the Simeone Automotive Foundation’s The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles as recipient of “Publication of the Year.” In the book, Dr. Frederick Simeone, along with other noted contributors, presents the case for adopting a new standard for the care and conservatorship of significant automobiles.
“We are honored to have our book receive this award,” said Simeone. “Because only one award is given from among a very large number of candidates and wide variety of publications, makes this a very special recognition. We feel it is a reflection of the growing importance of preservation within the collector car industry.”
Go here for more information and to order the book.
Simeone Mobile Phone App Now Available
The Simeone Museum now has a mobile phone app that features over four hours of audio on the cars and exhibits in the collection. Dr. Simeone narrates the tour, which includes fascinating details about the history and the significance of each car.
The Simeone Museum mobile app includes 86 stops on the tour, each accompanied by a photo of the car or venue, and a brief text description. The audio length varies for each stop, but averages several minutes.
The mobile app is free and is available for either Andriod phones (Google Store) or iPhones (Apple Store). To find the app, just search for “Simeone Museum.”
Please let us know if you like it and if you see anything that can be improved. The app and content takes about 120 mb of space. It should take about 3-5 minutes to download with a 4G network.
Vintage Amoco billboard Added To Sebring Exhibit
This billboard is like one that would have appeared throughout Florida in the weeks and months before the race. It was donated to the museum by Lex duPont and came in 12 sections that would have been assembled onto a roadside billboard measuring about 10 feet by 22 feet. Curator Kevin Kelly and his volunteer crew spent days flattening the folded sections with an iron and aligning them perfectly before attaching them to the backing board.
For an idea of what this poster looked like in the time, on the right is a photo from the Loyd Sandgren Collection of the McLanahan Amoco Service station located at Main Street and Beaver Street in Jacksonville, Fla.
At the bottom of the billboard is the line, “Don’t Miss 12-Hour Grand Prix for Amoco Trophy…Sebring, Florida. Sat., March 23rd. This would be the 1957 race which was won by a Maserati 450S co-driven by Jean Behra and Juan Manuel Fangio and the second place finishing Maserati 300S similar to ours co-driven by Stirling Moss and Harry Schell.
So, the next time you’re visiting the museum, be sure to look up when you’re at the Sebring exhibit. You can pretend you’re driving through the orange groves on Highway 27 on your way to Sebring!
Special Museum Package For Car Clubs
• Reduced admission for your members
• A car of your choice from the collection on display
• A selection of vintage sales literature of your marque from Dr. Simeone’s library for viewing
• Rear lot use for showing cars, concours
• Use of cafeteria and food services available.
For more information and to book your car club, please call (215) 365-7233.
Adopt-A-Car And We’ll Put Your Name On It
We have a new program where you can adopt one of the cars in the Simeone Museum. (No, you can’t take it home!) You will get your name on the car placard and we will give you your choice of a matted photo of you next to the car, or a matted Michael Furman print of the car. Plus, you will become a Patron Member of the Museum.
Cost to adopt a car is $500 and is good for one year. For more information, visit the membership section of our Web site, or call Amanda at the Museum.
The MotorWeek segment featuring the Simeone Museum is available for viewing on the Web here. Roger Mecca and his crew came here for our July Demo Day featuring “Ferrari Beaters”: the Porsche 917, Ford Mk IV, Cobra Daytona Coupe and the Aston Martin DBR-1. This was also our largest turnout for any Demo Day yet – 500 spectators. MotorWeek is the production of Maryland Public Television and is the longest-running (30+ years!) automotive show on television. Thank you, Roger!
The Simeone Museum has joined forces with the AACA Museum in Hershey, America on Wheels in Allentown, and the Boyertown Museum in (guess where?) Boyertown to offer the Pennsylvania Motor Pass – a discount coupon good for $1 off up to six adult tickets to each venue. You can pick up your free Motor Pass discount coupon in the lobby the next time you’re here.