Fred Simone was born on June 8th, 1936. He is a retired surgeon who lives in Philadelphia. He spent much of his spare time throughout his life collecting auto ephemera, as well as automobiles. He met Vinson at the Hershey Car Show and the two formed a friendship based on their mutual interest in automobiles and auto literature. Over the years, Simone accumulated a vast amount of American auto literature and racing automobiles. Recently, Simone established the Simone Foundation Automotive Museum to preserve and house his collection, and to make it open for researchers.
In the interview, Simone discusses his early collecting career and interest in cars and how his collecting practices evolved. He details the methods by which pre-internet collectors acquired auto literature and the changes that the internet and
For more information about Z. Taylor Vinson’s collection of transportation ephemera at Hagley visit www.hagley.org/vinson