The Votes Are In!
Winners of this year’s Peoples’ Choice balloting for the cars to run in this month’s Demo Day, to be run on Saturday, Nov. 30th at Noon, are:
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.
The Simeone Museum is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can see, hear, and smell famous race cars run. The Demo Days, which began in 2009, feature extremely rare racing sports cars from the Simeone collection being driven on the three-acre lot in back of the Museum. A brief lecture by Dr. Simeone on the importance of the cars and their place in history precedes each driving demonstration.
The Demonstration Days events are held on the 4th Saturday of each month at 12 Noon, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to check the Museum’s Web site (www.SimeoneMuseum.org) before coming for any last minute changes. Admission to the Demonstration Days is included as part of the regular admission price.
2013 Driving Demonstration Days Schedule
(Held Indoors) Mechanical Evolution of the Sports Car Engine
A discussion of the progression of technology in the design of sports car engines, beginning with the 1911 Mercer T-head and ending with the 1975 Alfa TT33 and the horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder.
1911/13 Mercer: T-head
1933 Auburn 12-165: V-12 Flathead
1928 Stutz: Overhead Cam
1937 Alfa Romeo 2.9A: Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)
1975 Alfa Romeo 33TT: Horizontally-opposed 12
(Held Indoors) Cobra Daytona vs. 250 GTO: A Design Evaluation
Beginning in 1963, Carroll Shelby began his assault against the dominance of Enzo Ferrari in international endurance racing. We’ll look at the remarkable design similarities between the two cars that carried each manufacturer’s flag into battle and how American horsepower eventually overcame the thoroughbreds from Maranello.
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Where was Mercedes at Le Mans?
Between the wars, Mercedes-Benz was dominant in Grand Prix racing, but often absent from endurance road racing, even though they won the Mille Miglia in 1931. We’ll look at the cars that were the leaders in that era and examine why the powerful Mercedes-Benz did not choose to compete at Le Mans.
1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen
1927 Bentley 3-liter Speed Model
1929 Stutz Supercharged
1929 duPont Le Mans Speedster
What happened to the great Fairmount Park Races?
From 1908 to 1911, Philadelphia hosted one of the world’s preeminent road races: the Fairmount Park Grand Prix. Over 400,000 spectators would attend these races and it was as highly regarded as the Vanderbilt Cup at the time. We’ll discuss why the race died and the man responsible for its demise.
1911/13 Mercer Raceabout
1912 National Speed Car
1916 Stutz Bearcat
Alfa Romeo Club Day
A tribute to the greatest racing sports car of the 1930s: Alfa Romeo. We’ll discuss the history of the famed marquee and the evolution of the legendary 8C 2.3 and 2.9 models.
1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS
1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 SS
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B
The American Playboy!
Certain cars have so much style that they make anyone stand out from the crowd. We’ll examine four cars from the golden age of American sporting cars and what made them distinctive.
1915 Packard Gentleman’s Roadster
1926 Kissel 8-75
1929 duPont 2-passenger Speedster
1928 Auburn 8-88
Racing Solutions for 1954
Less than a decade after the end of one of the most devastating wars in history, automotive manufacturers produced racing sports cars that, today, are classics. We’ll look at examples from each major country involved in endurance racing and what made each great.
1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing: Slanted, SOHC, straight six
1953 C-Type Jaguar: DOHC, straight six
1953 Cunningham C4R: OHV V-8 Hemi
1954 Ferrari 375 MM: DOHC, V-12
Favorite Cars of Stirling Moss
Few drivers in the 1950s generated public adoration like Stirling Moss. He was part rock star, movie star and super athlete. We’ll examine three cars he has placed on his “top 10” list of the favorite cars he raced in his career.
1956 D-Type Jaguar
1956 Maserati 300S
1958 Aston Martin DBR1
What happened to Ferrari Sports Car Racing?
Between 1949 and 1965, no other make dominated sports car road racing like Ferrari. They won a record nine Le Mans races in this period, including six straight, and then never won another. We’ll look at three examples of Ferrari race cars that established their legend.
1954 Ferrari 375 MM
1958 Ferrari 250 TR
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Land Speed Stock Cars
Ultimate speed has always been one of the strongest marketing features for automotive manufacturers. From the earliest days, places like Bonneville were used to set land speed records. We’ll look at four cars that set world records for ultimate speed.
1935 Auburn 851
1937 Supercharged Cord
1937 Bugatti 57G “Tank”
1954 Austin Healey 100-4
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
Peoples’ Choice Demo Day
You vote for the cars you want to see. This is always one of our most popular Demonstration Days of the year.
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS YEAR THE NOVEMBER DEMO DAY WILL BE ON THE FIFTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH SO IT CAN BE ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING.)