Our monthly Demo Days have been so popular (over 600 turned out in November!) that we have decided to expand the series in 2014.
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).
You can download a copy of our 2014 Demonstration Days Schedule brochure by clicking on the photo to the right.
Visitors are encouraged to check the Museum’s Web site before coming for any last minute changes. Admission to the Demo Days is included as part of the regular admission price.
Note: All Demo Days begin promptly at Noon.
GT 40 America’s First and Last World Sports Car Champion
The Ford Motor Company entered world endurance racing in 1963 with the express intention of winning Le Mans. Three years later they accomplished that mission, coming in first, second and third. They also succeeded in winning the World Sports Car Championship from 1966 to 1969. Shelby American Automobile Club Historian Greg Kolasa will be here to provide an in-depth discussion about these ground-breaking cars and the story of how they came about.
GT40 Mk II
GT40 Mk IV
While large engines and maximum power usually defines race winners, occasionally racecars with perfect balance can overcome the handicap of their smaller displacement engines. We’ll look at four examples that were able to not only dominate their class, but challenge for outright wins.
MG K3 Magnette
Alfa Romeo 1750SS
Bugatti Type 35
Landmarks of Engineering: Braking
While everyone can appreciate the advantage of going fast in a race car, being able to stop can be equally important in reaching the finish line first. We’ll look at five cars that represented in their time the zenith of brake design.
Ferrari TR 250
Alfa Romeo 33 TT-12
Breaking ultimate speed records has been the goal of drivers since the first car was built. On the beaches of Florida to the tracks at Monthlery to the salt flats at Bonneville, we’ll discuss this dangerous quest and the drivers and cars that succeeded.
Bugatti 57G Tank
Cobra Daytona Coupe
Austin Healy 100-4
Le Mans Rules
The 24-hour race at Le Mans was meant to be a test for production-based race cars to demonstrate their reliability and speed over a long period of time. For this reason, the rules (which changed at the whim of the French organizers) specified many items that would not usually be needed on a race car. We’ll look at several cars from the pre-war years at Le Mans.
DuPont Le Mans Speedster
Aston Martin Le Mans
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Bugatti 57G Tank
Big Block Monsters
The old axiom of “nothing beats cubic inches” will be examined with four examples from the collection. Each featured an engine that was among the largest for its time. But, as we’ll discuss, this brute power wasn’t always enough to make them winners.
National Speed Car 7 Liter
Bentley 4.5 Liter
Corvette Grand Sport
Ford Mk. IV
Ferrari Racing Legends
There is no more famous name in motorsports than Ferrari. We’ll discuss the story of Enzo Ferrari, examine the cars he built and discuss the important races that his cars won.
250 Testa Rossa
Others to be announced
What was the Mille Miglia?
The Mille Miglia was one of the most important road races in the world and a national institution in Italy until it was stopped after the 1957 event. We’ll look at four cars that ran in the Mille Miglia and why they were successful.
Alfa Romeo Monza 8C2300
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B
80 years of Jaguar
After its beginnings as the Swallow Sidecar Company, Jaguar leapt onto the international racing scene in the 1950s, establishing itself as one of the greatest automotive marques in history. We’ll look at the progression of Jaguar from its beginning through to the 1960’s.
Pantheons of Style
Some cars, with just the flow of their bodylines, can elicit emotion even when standing still. Cars like the Stutz Bearcat and Auburn V-12 have performance to match their good looks. While others, like the Kissel, are more “sheep in wolf’s clothing.” We’ll discuss several examples from the collection.
Auto Racing: A Privileged Man’s Sport
From the beginning of motorsports – and well into the 1960s – motor racing has largely been the realm of the wealthy. In fact, the rules for many sanctioning bodies were written to preserve the purity of the well-off amateur over the paid professional drivers. We’ll look at four cars that featured prominently in this “privileged man’s sport.”
Alfa Romeo Le Mans – Lord Howe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Supercharged – Tim Moore
Delahaye 135 – Pierre Louis Dreyfus
Cunningham C4R- Briggs Cunningham
duPont: Delaware Valley’s Most Prestigious Maker of Luxury Cars
We’ll discuss the story of duPont Motors, beginning with its first car, the Model A, in 1919 to its demise during the Depression.
Other duPonts to be added from other collections
The major international endurance races – including Le Mans, Sebring, Targa Florio, and Daytona, were all part of the overall quest for the World Sports Car Championship. This highly coveted prize was held by only five manufacturers from 1952 to 1973. We’ll look at four that brought home the trophy.
Ferrari 375 MM
Aston Martin DBR1
Stingray: Why is it our favorite Corvette?
From its introduction in 1963, the Corvette Stingray has been an iconic American sports car. We’ll discuss this classic and show examples of several models and variations.
1963 Stingray Grand Sport
1963 Split Window Coupe
1966 427 Roadster
Racing in Style
Many feel you can tell if a race car design will be successful because it just looks “right.” We’ll look at several designs that not only look right, they also performed exceedingly well, and the men who created them.
Alfa Romeo Monza – Ugo Zagato
Jaguar D-Type – Malcolm Sayer
Ferrari 3-seater– Pininfarina
Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – Rudolf Uhlenhaut
Austin Healey – Gerry Coker
The Driving Force
Like many successful endeavors, winning race car designs are frequently the result of one man’s vision. We’ll look at four legends in automotive engineering and examine four of their creations.
W.O. Bentley: Bentley 3 Liter
Ettore Bugatti: Bugatti Tank
Enzo Ferrari: Ferrari 250 TR
Carroll Shelby: Cobra Daytona Coupe
When NASCAR was for real stock cars
If you look at the cars that compete in NASCAR today, it may be hard to remember that the names stood for: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. We’ll look at cars that represented real stock car racing and discuss how and why the transformation to purpose-built race cars occurred.
Louise Smith Ford
Chattanooga Chew Buick
Others to be announced
How did Brooklands save so many cars?
Besides being the world’s first purpose-built race track, Brooklands in England was a place where the members could race their sports cars on a club-owned track Because it gave them the opportunity to use cars that were otherwise outdated, many historically significant cars were saved from the scrap heap. We’ll look at four such examples.
Alfa Romeo RL SS
MG K3 Magnette
Alfa Romeo Spider
Corvette Racing Legends with Doug Fehan
Corvette Racing Team Manager Doug Fehan will return to the Simeone Museum for a review of the 2014 season and what we can expect in 2015.
Corvette Grand Sport
Corvette C7 Race Team
You vote for the cars you want to see. Sign up for our email newsletter to be on the ballot email list. 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.)