The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is an automobile museum located at 6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frederick A. Simeone (a Philadelphia native and retired neurosurgeon) assembled the museum's collection of around 75 racing sports cars over more than 50 years.
Frederick Simeone was the son of a general practitioner. He ran his medical practice from a rowhouse in Kensington, Philadelphia. Simeone left behind $8,000 and 4 cars when his father died in 1972. They were stored in a Clearfield Street garage. Over the next 40 years, he grew the collection and donated the entire collection to the museum's foundation in 2008. The museum now owns the titles. The cars were kept in a garage at 8th and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, from 1982 to the Museum's opening in 2006.
Demonstration Days is a program that the museum hosts twice a month. Several cars are moved to the 3-acre parking area behind the museum. The program includes a presentation on a theme, followed by a demonstration in which the museum curator drives the cars. Museum guests are allowed to inspect and take photographs of the cars after the Demonstration Days program has ended.
The museum also has a library that contains documents, literature, and sales brochures relating to automotive literature dating back as far as 1892. The collection was previously housed in boxes in a Philadelphia building. It was moved to the museum's new library in 2013. The collection and library are not open to the public due to their fragility.
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has 21 exhibits and 70 cars in its permanent collection. The cars are arranged chronologically as well as in diorama vignettes. Exhibits include many motor racing venues, including Le Mans and Nurburgring, Sebring, Bonneville and Bonneville, Watkins Glens, Brooklands, Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Targa Florio, Targa Flowerio, Targa Florio, Targa Fiorio, Watkins Glen, Brooklands and Mille Miglia. The museum's collection is regarded as "one of the most important and rare racing sports cars collections in the world". Nearly all of the cars in the collection have their original bodies. Many of the cars are still in good condition and can be driven. The museum uses aviation gasoline to start the cars. It is more stable than regular petrol and contains lead. These motors are still in their original condition and require no modifications.
The museum's theme is "Spirit of Competition", and it also includes the title of an award that is given annually to a person in motorsports.Philadelphia PA Museum of the American Revolution
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