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Breaking the Racing Ban Demo Day

July 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

General Admission

In 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. The big three manufacturers – GM, Ford, and Chrysler, would all be forced to roll up their network of fledgling, covert factory teams, and leave racing forever. Yet, after only five years Ford would renounce this ban, followed immediately by Chrysler, and later by General Motors.

Join us as we take a deeper dive into the events that led to the ban, and the personalities that wouldn’t take no for an answer!

Featured Demo Day Cars to Include

  • 1952 Cunningham C4-R Roadster
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  • 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe

Demo Day Schedule of Events

Most Demo Day Events Typically Follow the Following Format

10:00 – Doors open

11:15 to 11:45 – Scrutineering technical learning session

12:00 to 12:30 – Demo Day discussion, Q and A with Dr. Simeone

12:30 to 1:00 – Driving demonstration with featured automobiles

1:00 to 2:00 – Visitors are able to inspect and photograph Demo Day cars while engaging with Simeone Museum staff and volunteers

6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153 United States
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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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