Legendary race driver and automotive personality Willy Ribbs stopped by the Simeone Museum on Saturday, November 6 for an evening of dinner and conversation. Willy spent the evening sharing stories about his life and career with over 100 guests and visitors.
When you think of sports car racing, two things immediately come to mind: great speed and great design. However, for every successful designer, there are dozens more than would never be rewarded for their lifetime of work and effort.
Racing consists solely of track or off-road competition in which highly trained drivers take the wheel behind high-priced machines, and take high risks for even higher stakes. In most scenarios, speed is king, and the winner is the first person across the line…period.
This Demo Day took you back to 1957, on the heels of the 1955 Le Mans tragedy that caused the deaths of over 80 spectators, the (American) Automobile Manufacturing Association formed a gentleman’s agreement to stay out of organized racing. For fans of racing, it was the worst possible news.
With Enrique Senior, automotive and art aficionados Steve and Jan Patterson select Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum to receive over thirty remarkable pieces from their private collection. The museum is known for its assemblage of distinctive sports cars, and the donation will enhance the displays through an extensive set of paintings and sculptures.
One of the oldest questions in the sport of auto racing is if it is either a team or an individual sport? The correct answer is yes, to both. We know that there is no “I” in team, but the best drivers compete to be #1, which is what makes them the best drivers.

Hours and Info

6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Tuesday – Friday 10AM through 6PM
Saturday – Sunday 10AM through 4PM
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays

About the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.

Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.

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