2014 Best Of Britain To Feature “Kissing Cousins”
Our 2014 Best of Britain opens to the public on Saturday, February 22nd and runs through Sunday, March 9th. The theme this year is “English Saloons and Sports Cars: Kissing Cousins,” and we are expecting to have these pairings:
MG 1100 and Midget
MG YA and TD
Triumph Herald and Spitfire
Triumph Vitesse and GT6
Jaguar XKE and MK IX
Daimler Saloon and SP250
Lotus Cortina and Elan
Rover 3500 and TR8
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.
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.
Donate Your Used Computers To The Museum Display
What we specifically need are:
• PC or Mac
• No older than 4 years
• 1 Gig of RAM
• Mice (no keyboards)
• LCD monitors, 19″ or larger
If you have an old PC/Mac and flatscreen monitor you would like to see put to good use, please call Brenden Spalio at 215-365-7233.
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!
Thank You To These New Members!
Get your name in lights by becoming a premium member. Go here for more information.
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 Harry Hurst at (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!
Pennsylvania Motor Pass Gives Discounts To Four Great Museums
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.