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.
Classic Motorcycle Show Runs Through Sept. 12th
This years Classic Motorcycles at the Simeone celebrates Vincent/H.R.D., Brough Superior and Pre-1974 250cc and under motorcycles. The show runs through Friday, September 12th. The bikes will then move out to the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 14th.
Vincent is one of the most highly respected names in the world of motorcycling. Established in 1928 as HRD Motorcycles, the company saw some racing success but was never profitable and as such was folded in January 1928. It reemerged with Phil Vincent at the helm who went on to produce the Meteor and Comet and Rapide, the fastest production motorcycles the world had ever seen. The company went bankrupt in 1955, but today, 59 years after the company’s untimely demise, the legend of Vincent and the Black Shadow lives on with an almost visceral life of its own.
Complete information on the show is located here.
Bobby Rahal To Receive 2014 Spirit Of Competition Award
Bobby Rahal – winner of the Indianapolis 500 as both a driver and car owner – will receive the seventh annual “Spirit of Competition” Award on Wednesday, October 29 2014, 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, Sam Posey and Hurley Haywood.
“Bobby Rahal was the type of driver who could drive – and win – in any kind of race car,” said Executive Director Fred Simeone. “He won the Indy 500 in an open-wheeled car, and won long-distance endurance sports car races. Plus, he competed in Formula One and NASCAR. Today, drivers rarely have the ability to do that.”
Presenting the award to Rahal will be Bill Warner, chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
More information on this event and links to order tickets are located here.
Bonhams Auction Of Preservation Cars Returns October 6th
Bonhams, one of the world’s foremost automotive and fine art auction houses, will be returning to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum for their third ”Preserving the Automobile” Auction, to be held on Monday, October 6th. Preview days will be Saturday, Oct. 4th and Sunday, October 5th.
Bonhams’ focus for this auction will be to offer 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. Select automotive ephemera, spares and accessories will also be included allowing collectors a useful resource for accurate restoration of their cars.
Details on the event are on the Bonhams’ site, located here.
Please Welcome Jessica Krivda To The Simeone Museum
We have a smiling new face here at the Simeone Museum! Jessica Krivda has joined us to help fill in while Amanda is out on maternity leave.
Jessica comes to us from Revzilla, the online motorcycle parts and accessories dealer. She was one of the very first employees at this fast-growing company and before that worked in event planning for the pharmaceutical industry. She brings an enormous amount of energy with her – and she’ll need it!
Please welcome Jessica to the Simeone Museum family.
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.
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!