Tom Cotter to Present “Cunningham: The Man and the Cars” at the Simeone Museum


Philadelphia, PA – The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is honored to announce an exclusive event featuring Tom Cotter, the esteemed author, historian, and automotive enthusiast, on March 9, 2024, from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM. The presentation, titled “Cunningham: The Man and the Cars,” will delve into the life and legacy of the legendary Briggs Cunningham, a pivotal figure in American motorsports and yachting.

Tom Cotter, celebrated for his captivating “barn-find” series beginning with “The Cobra in the Barn,” will share his profound insights into Cunningham’s multifaceted career, from his contributions to car building and racing to his historic victory in the 1958 America’s Cup. Cotter will also showcase a remarkable piece of automotive history, an original Cunningham C3 Vignale, discovered in a barn in Greenville, South Carolina. This rare vehicle, one of only 27 built in 1952 to meet FIA manufacturer qualifications, exemplifies the blend of innovation and passion that characterized Cunningham’s work.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the C-3’s storied past, including its appearances at prestigious concours and its inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art’s “Ten Automobiles” exhibition. Cotter’s commitment to preserving the car’s authenticity, paired with meticulous mechanical restoration, underscores the event’s alignment with the Simeone Museum’s philosophy of celebrating automotive heritage.

Tom Cotter’s extensive career spans over four decades, encompassing roles from mechanic to marketing executive, and from racer to revered author. His contributions to automotive journalism, including his work with Vintage Motorsports, Road & Track, and the New York Times, along with his engaging Barn Find Hunter video series, have solidified his status as a “Certified Car Geek.”

A member of the Road Racing Drivers’ Club and an advisory board member for the McPherson College Auto Restoration program, Cotter’s influence extends beyond the pages of his books. His dedication to education, as evidenced by his teaching role at Belmont Abbey College and his involvement in the Amelia Island Concours, reflects his commitment to sharing his passion for automotive history and restoration.

The Simeone Museum invites enthusiasts and scholars alike to join us for this enlightening presentation, which promises to be a highlight of the automotive calendar. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the legacy of Briggs Cunningham through the eyes of one of the most knowledgeable figures in the car collector world.

Event Details:

  • Date: March 9, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • Featured Speaker: Tom Cotter
  • Event Title: Cunningham: The Man and the Cars

For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit Simeone Museum’s website or contact the museum directly.


Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

6825 Norwitch Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19153

(215) 365-7233

About the Simeone Museum:

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, located in Philadelphia, PA, showcases one of the world’s greatest collections of historic racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition,” we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines. As an educational institution, our museum provides a unique opportunity for students, enthusiasts, and the community to gain a deeper appreciation of the craftsmanship, innovation, and competitive spirit of racing.

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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