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One of the World's Great Racing Sports Car Exhibitions Set to Open in Philadelphia

June 11, 2008 7:00 AM EDT


PHILADELPHIA, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A museum containing a collection of some of the rarest and most significant racing sports cars in the world will open in Philadelphia on June 17, 2008. The Simeone Foundation Museum is the creation of Philadelphia neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, who began acquiring the cars in the collection five decades ago.


"Many of these cars are legendary for what they accomplished in racing history," said Simeone. "We expect people from all over the world will come to see them."


The cars are displayed in dioramas that represent some of the famous race courses where they actually competed: Watkins Glen, Bonneville, Sebring, the Mille Miglia and Le Mans.


The Museum displays racing sports cars -- cars with fenders and headlights that could conceivably be driven on the street or in competition. Significant cars in the exhibit include the "Hippie" Porsche 917 (named for its psychedelic paint scheme), a 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 that Stirling Moss drove to victory, a Cobra Daytona Coupe that had been lost for 30 years until Simeone helped in its recovery, a Le Mans-winning Bugatti, and a 1938 Alfa Romeo, winner of the Mille Miglia.


The museum is different from most other automotive collections in that the cars are used to tell a story -- that competition and racing improves the marque. Like Philadelphia's famed Barnes Foundation collection of paintings, the Simeone Foundation is a personal collection, assembled over a long period of time with a singular vision. The central theme of the exhibition is "the spirit of competition."


"There are few examples of the effects of competition as dramatic and beautiful as the evolution of the racing sports car," explains Simeone. "Our collection begins with a car from 1909 and continues to the mid-1970s. You can see the remarkable technological improvements -- in the span of just seven decades -- that came from competition."


The collection is housed in a 75,000 square foot building, five minutes off Interstate 95, an easy day's drive for more than 20 percent of the nation's population.


The Museum is located at 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia. Pa., 19153. For more information visit the Web site at: Simeone Foundation Museum » Home.
 

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last ones

the last ones.

When I read that Phil Hill died, and I saw a picture in Autoweek of him in a
1958 Ferrari Testarosa winning Le Mans in 1958, then I realized that I stood right next to a 1958 Ferrari Testarossa at the Simeone Foundation, it really hit home how important these cars were.
 

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And..........it's only about 15 min from South Street !!!! :coolnana:
 

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Collection list - pics to follow

The Collection

ENDURANCE TRIAL
1909 AMERICAN UNDERSLUNG

PRE WORLD WAR 1 RACING
1912 NATIONAL SPEED CAR
1916 STUTZ BEARCAT
1913 MERCER RACEABOUT

AUTOMOBILE RACING CLUB OF AMERICA
1927 BENTLEY 3.5 LITRE SPEED MODEL
1929 ALFA ROMEO SUPERSPORT

WATKINS GLEN
1950 ALLARD J2
1955 MERCEDES-BENZ GULLWING

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
1937 SUPERCHARGED CORD
1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4
1964 COBRA DAYTONA COUPE

BROOKLANDS TRACK
1925 ALFA ROMEO RL SUPER SPORT
1934 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 SPIDER

TIMED TRIALS
1930 BENTLEY 4.5 L SUPERCHARGED

HILL CLIMB
1921 VAUXHALL 30/98E

NÜRBURGRING
1937 BMW 328
1938 BMW 328

TARGA FLORIO
1926 BUGATTI TYPE 35
1975 ALFA ROMEO 33 TT 12

MILLE MIGLIA
1933 ALFA ROMEO MONZA
1937 ALFA ROMEO 8C2900A

RIFORNIMENTO
1924 LANCIA LAMBDA

MATCH RACE
1928 STUTZ BB BLACKHAWK SPEEDSTER

SEBRING
1953 JAGUAR C-TYPE
1956 JAGUAR D-TYPE

RALLY
1938 JAGUAR SS-100 3.5L
1972 ALFA ROMEO GTV6

AMERICA’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL WIN
1921 DUESENBERG RACE CAR

AMERICA AT LE MANS
1927 STUTZ BLACK HAWK
1929 STUTZ SUPERCHARGED LE MANS
1929 DUPONT LE MANS SPEEDSTER
1966 FORD GT40 MK II
1967 FORD MK IV

ANNEX
SPORTY CARS
1912 HUDSON MILE-A-MINUTE ROADSTER
1916 OAKLAND SPEEDSTER
1922 PAIGE DAYTONA 6-66 SPEEDSTER
1926 KISSEL 8-75 SPEEDSTER
1928 AUBURN 8-88 BOAT TAIL SPEEDSTER
1933 AUBURN V12 12-165 SPEEDSTER
1935 AUBURN 851 BOAT TAIL SPEEDSTER
1933 SQUIRE ROADSTER
1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C2500 BRIXIA
1956 MERCEDED BENZ GULLWING
1966 CORVETTE 427
1968 FORD MUSTANG

HISTORY OF NASCAR
1938 FORD COUPE
1953 HUDSON HORNET TWIN H-POWER
1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD
1986 BUICK REGAL NASCAR
1998 FORD THUNDERBIRD NASCAR
2002 NASCAR DYNO MULE

LE MANS
1933 ALFA ROMEO 8C2300 LEMANS
1934 MG K3 MAGNETTE
1936 ASTON MARTIN LE MANS
1936 DELAHAYE 135S
1938 PEUGEOT DARLMAT LEMANS
1954 FERRARI 375MM
1956 MASERATI 300S
1958 FERRARI TESTA ROSSA
1970 PORSCHE 917LH

WINNER’S CIR
 

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Grand Sport Corvette

The Simeone foundation museum recently acquired a Grand Sport Corvette. One of my childhood fantasies. I thought that this is how a sport car should look.

I need to make a visit to this museum next year. Maybe as part of an extended vacation involving LOG 30.
 

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If I ever get to Philly, that will be on my list of things to do. Thanks for the pics, love the Daytona Coupe and GT40 MKIV.:drool:
 

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Simeone Museum 2014 Best of Britain

2014 Best of Britain opens to the public on Saturday, February 22nd and runs through Sunday, March 9th. The theme this year is “English Saloons and Sports Cars: Kissing Cousins,” and we are expecting to have these pairings:

MG Magnette and MGA
Triumph Herald and Spitfire
Jaguar XKE and MK IX
Daimler Saloon and SP250
Lotus Cortina and Elan
..and more!

Best of Britain | Simeone Automotive Museum

I good museum and they throw a good party.
 
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