2021 Breaking the Racing Ban Demo Day

Museum Event
Breaking the Racing Ban Demo Day
July 3, 2021
Photos by
Andrew Taylor

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. 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. The Demo Day dove into the events that led to the ban, and the personalities that wouldn’t take “NO” for an answer!

The following cars were featured: The 1952 Cunningham C4-R Roadster, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Photos by Andrew Taylor

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6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Tuesday – Friday 10AM through 6PM
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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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