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.
The Votes Are In For “Peoples’ Choice” Demo Day
1970 Porsche 917
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe
1963 Corvette Grand Sport
Admission to the November 30th Demonstration Day is included with regular museum admission: $12 adults; $10 senior; $8 students; children 8 and under are admitted free.
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.
Over 600 Flock To See Ferraris Fly!
We set a record for attendance with our Ferrari Demo Day on September 28th. Over 600 – 619 to be exact – turned out on a beautiful afternoon to see the Ferrari 375 MM, 250 Testa Rossa, 250 GTO anf the 365 “Speciale” run.
See more photos of this huge event, go to our photo set on Flickr, here.
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!
Bonhams Auction Of Preservation Cars Sets Records
The Bonhams Preserving the Automobile auction at the Simeone Automotive Museum on Monday, October 7th, resulted in more than $3.1 million in total sales and an 82% sell-through rate. The auction, focused on original condition automobiles, completely filled the museum.
Highlights included the 1934 Aston Martin 1.5-Liter Sports 2/4 Seater, formerly owned by comedian Bill Cosby, the ex-Doris Duke 1910 Peerless Model 29 Park Phaeton Victoria by Brewster, and a rare early American car, the 1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 11A 5-Passenger Touring.
Property from the collection of Alec Ulmann, founder of Sebring International Raceway, was 100% sold and at double the original estimate, while property from a private European museum and property from a separate important European collection were both 100% sold.
Overall, the Bonhams’ auction at the Simeone Museum was up 10% from last year and the sell-through rate of the automobilia was one of the highest to date at 95%.
Thank You To These New Members!
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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.
“Beautifully presented inside, with contributions from a range of experts, it’s one of the most fascinating books we’ve seen in a long time.”
In The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles, Dr. Simeone, along with other noted contributors, presents the case for adopting a new standard for the care and conservatorship of significant automobiles.
The book is $60.00 plus shipping and is available on the Museum’s web site, here. Or, you can save the shipping cost and purchase the book at the Museum Gift Shop. (This would make a great present for the serious enthusiast!)
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.