Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is located in Pennsylvania
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Established 17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 39°54′39″N 75°13′36″W / 39.910907°N 75.226624°W / 39.910907; -75.226624Coordinates: 39°54′39″N 75°13′36″W / 39.910907°N 75.226624°W / 39.910907; -75.226624
Type Automobile museum
Key holdings 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
1970 Porsche 917LH
1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM
1958 Aston Martin DBR1
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
1956 Jaguar D-Type
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
Collection size 65 cars
Founder Frederick A. Simeone
Curator Kevin Kelly
Owner Frederick A. Simeone MD Foundation, Inc.
Nearest parking On site (no charge)
Website www.simeonemuseum.org

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is an automotive museum located at 6825 Norwitch Drive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] The museum's collection consists of approximately 65 racing sports cars and has been assembled over more than 50 years by Frederick A. Simeone, a retired neurosurgeon and native of Philadelphia.

History[edit]

Frederick Simeone's father was a general practitioner who ran his medical practice out of a rowhouse in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.[2] When his father died in 1972, Simeone was left with $8,000 and 4 cars which were stored in a garage on Clearfield Street.[3][4] In 2008 he donated the entire collection of cars to the museum's foundation,[5] which now owns the titles to the cars.[4] From 1982 until the Museum's opening in June 2008, the cars were stored in a garage near 8th and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia.[4][6][7]

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

The museum has several criteria for inclusion into the collection:[8]

  1. The car must be a sports car with headlights and fenders.
  2. The car must have a history of road racing (not solely racing on a track).
  3. The car must be considered significant, or "winners" associated with superior racing performance.
  4. Important components, such as the chassis, engine and body, must be original to the car.

Demonstration Days[edit]

The museum conducts a Demonstration Days program twice per month, where several cars are moved to the 3-acre parking lot behind the museum. The program consists of a themed educational presentation followed by a driving demonstration where the cars are operated by the museum curator.[8] Upon conclusion of the Demonstration Days program, museum guests are permitted to inspect and photograph the cars.

Library[edit]

The museum has a library containing a collection of automotive literature, documents and sales brochures dating back to 1892.[9] The collection was formerly held in boxes in a building in Center City Philadelphia, and was moved into the museum's newly constructed library in 2013. Due to the fragility of the materials, the library and collection are not open to the public.[1]

Exhibits and Collection[edit]

The Winners Circle exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum consists of 21 exhibits and 65 cars in the permanent collection. The cars are arranged chronologically and in diorama vignettes.[8] Several motor racing venues are represented as exhibits, including Le Mans, Nürburgring, Sebring, Bonneville, Watkins Glen, Brooklands, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.[6][10][11] The museum's collection has been called "one of the finest collections of rare and important racing sports cars in the world".[3] Nearly every car in the collection has its original body.[12] Many of the cars are currently in a driveable condition, and the museum uses aviation gasoline in the cars that are started because it is more stable than regular pump gas and contains lead. Lead is essential to operating these older motors without modifications that would alter their originality.. [13]

List of exhibits and cars:

Exhibit name Car(s) in exhibit
Endurance Trial
Pre World War I Racing
Automobile Racing Club of America
Watkins Glen
Bonneville Salt Flats
Brooklands Track
Timed Trials
Hillclimb
Nürburgring
Match Race
  • 1928 Stutz BB Black Hawk Speedster
Targa Florio
Mille Miglia
Rifornimento
Sporty Cars
History of NASCAR
Sebring
Rally Racing
Le Mans
America's 1st International Win
America at Le Mans
Winner's Circle

Publications[edit]

  • The Spirit of Competition - Coachbuilt Press, 2009[2]
  • The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles - Coachbuilt Press, 2012[14]

Awards won[edit]

  • 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards "Car of the Year" - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe[15]
  • 2014 Historic Vehicle Association: 1st automobile added to National Historic Vehicle Register - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe[16]
  • 2012 International Historic Motoring Awards "Publication of the Year" - The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles[17]
  • 2011 International Historic Motoring Awards "Museum of the Year"[18]

Spirit of Competition Award[edit]

The "Spirit of Competition" is the theme of museum and the title of an annual award given a person from the world of motorsports.[19]

Past recipients of the award include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davis, Kathleen. "The Spirit of Competition Drives Simeone Museum to Recognition". The Hunt. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Carey, Art. "Phila. car collector publishes book". Philly.com. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Carey, Art. "Here's art at its raciest". Philly.com. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Kenny, William. "Kenzo native's museum displays his need for speed". http://www.bsmphilly.com. Northeast Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Osborne, Donald. "Bringing Life to Museums' Collections". https://www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ a b c Matheson, Kathy. "Philly race car museum is pit stop for auto fans". USAtoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Van Allen, Peter. "The vaunted car museum you've never heard of (photo gallery) (Video)". http://www.bizjournals.com. Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ a b c Bingaman, Brian. "Philadelphia's Simeone Museum celebrates auto racing history and competition". http://www.thereporteronline.com. The Reporter Pennsylvania. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ Strauss, Robert. "Dr. Frederick Simeone's Most Coveted Cars". Phillystylemag.com. Philadelphia Style. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Ewing, Steven J. "Autoblog tours the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia". Autoblog.com. Autoblog. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Racing car museum opens in Philadelphia". usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Donnelly, Jim. "Doctor of Correctness". Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Caldwell, Dave. "Museum's Gems Go for a Spin". https://www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Robinson, Aaron. "To Preserve and Protest". NYtimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Edsall, Larry. "Another accolade for Simeone museum's Daytona coupe". Classiccars.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Preston, Benjamin. "Shelby Cobra Coupe Becomes the First Federally Registered Historic Car". https://www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "Previous winners". historicmotoringawards.com. Octane Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Simeone Foundation Named Automotive Museum of the Year". https://www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  19. ^ a b Scanlan, Dan. "Shifting Gears: Weekly digest of news and notes". Jacksonville.com. The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  20. ^ a b c d e Lingeman, Jake. "Spirit of Competition award given to Sam Posey by Simeone Museum". Autoweek.com. Autoweek. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Donnelly, Jim. "Bobby Rahal to receive Simeone Spirit of Competition Award". http://blog.hemmings.com. Hemmings Motor News. Retrieved 9 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  22. ^ Donnelly, Jim. "David Hobbs to be honored with Simeone Foundation's "Spirit of Competition" award". Hemmings Daily. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  23. ^ Strohl, Daniel. "Peter Brock to receive Simeone's Spirit of Competition Award". Hemmings Daily. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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