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.
2014 Best Of Italy Celebrates Maserati’s Cent’ Anni
This year we will have a very special Best of Italy. We’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Maserati. These cars have come to symbolize the very best in Italian engineering and craftsmanship – and none more than the 300S above.
In addition to Maserati, we’ll also have a range of other significant Italian marques on display. The show opens on Friday, April 11th with a Launch Party and runs through Sunday, April 27th.
For a list of some of the cars on display and to order tickets to the Launch Party, please go here.
Very Special Ferraris Featured At April 12th Demo Day
Our April 12th Demonstration Day will be a tribute to the most recognized automotive marque in the world: Ferrari. The red cars from Maranello achieved this recognition largely from their success on the racetrack. We’ll discuss the history of Ferrari and have six outstanding examples of the greatest Ferrari racing sports cars of all time.
Our Ferrari Demo Day is being sponsored by Ferrari Financial Services.
We’ll have the Museum’s 250 Testa Rosa and 375MM along with the 250 GTO that is on loan to us. By special arrangement, and just for this Demo Day, the owners of some very distinguished Ferraris have agreed to bring us these cars to be part of the event:
Ferrari 250 LM
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competition
The Saturday, April 12th, Demo Day begins promptly at Noon with a brief presentation by Dr. Simeone. Weather permitting, we will demonstrate some of the cars being discussed on the back lot. Please join us for this event. You will rarely have an opportunity to see a collection of racing Ferraris like this anywhere.
Second Photography Workshop Offered
Our first Automotive Photography Workshop was so successful, we’re offering a second course, this time in Photo Manipulation and Printing. This class will also be a full-day Workshop and will cover photo software (Photoshop, Lightbox, etc.) in the morning, and in the afternoon, the process for achieving optimal quality when printing. Teaching the classes will be David Phillips (photo software) and Andrew Taylor (printing). Cost will be $75 per person including lunch, and will be limited to the first 50 persons to register.
Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be ordered here.
We’ve posted many photos the participants shot in our first Workshop. You can view them here on our Flickr page.
Philly Mag Wine & Food Fest To Benefit CHOP
This year’s Philadelphia Magazine Wine+Food Festival, benefiting Children’s Hospital, will be held at the Simeone Museum, May 10th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for VIP tasting tickets). The event will feature:
- Over 600 samplings of exclusive wines from around the world
- Cuisine from Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants
- Local vendors will showcase their latest products
- An on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store
- Silent Auction benefiting The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Valet parking
Tickets are $130 for the general tasting and $225 for the VIP tasting. By special arrangement, Simeone Spirit Newsletter readers may receive a $25 discount off both tickets. When you go to the ticket page, there is a box that says PROMO. Add the code SIMEONE there for your discount. Complete information is located here on the Philadelphia Magazine web site.
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.