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Saturday, 19 September 2015
SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
Ride Shotgun in a Shelby: Enter to win a ride in our Shelby Daytona Coupe. Contest ends 9/22!
Win a 15-minute, once-in-a-lifetime ride in the famous Daytona Coupe!
Win a chance to “Ride Shotgun in a Shelby” and support the fundraising efforts of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum! Our 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe #CSX2287, 1 of only 6 built, is one of the most famous cars in motorsports history, with racing history on tracks all over the world. Each ticket is $20, and you can purchase as many tickets as you like.
You’ll have a personal experience with this car that people only dream about. Our three acre back lot will be the setting for the 15 minute ride of your life. This is your opportunity to not only help the Museum, but if you are the lucky winner, you’ll ride in the passenger seat of one of the greatest cars ever developed and have your photo taken with it.
Each ticket purchased will go directly towards our Demo Day improvement fund, helping us raise money to install bleachers and safety barriers on our back lot. Please show your support and order your ticket today! Ticket sales close on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm Eastern time.
Wednesday 9/23: "Roadsters and Racers" Qualifying Day
See 4 cars get ready for Demo Day, open hoods in Brooklands exhibit
Join us at 11:00 on 9/23 for Qualifying Day. You'll see preparations for our Packard Gentleman’s Roadster, Hudson Mile-a-Minute, 1929 DuPont Model G, and 1929 DuPont Le Mans. Plus we'll have Open Hoods at Brooklands/Hillclimb exhibit
Watch as Kevin Kelly and Museum staff members as they test and tune the cars in preparation for Saturday’s Demo Day. Watch as each car is prepped with fuel, tires, battery as well as any routine maintenance. At approximately 11:00, we will begin an outdoor demonstration run to help tune the cars, weather permitting.
Thursday 9/24: "Roadsters and Racers" Demo Day
NOTE: Special date and time due to Papal visit to Philadelphia
Due to the Papal visit, we have changed our September Demo Day to the 24th at 12:00 noon. Please be sure to adjust your calendars. We will announce any further changes if they are necessary.
What is the difference between a sports car which was made to look beautiful and one which was made to perform? These distinctions are less blurred nowadays because race cars are so different, but what were the differences in the early days when racing a sports car was a luxury.
Packard Gentleman's Roadster Hudson Mile-a-Minute Roadster 1929 DuPont Model G Speedster 1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster
Join us Oct. 21st for 90 Years of Italian Design Excellence
Free event with over 20 Italian Cars on display, part of Ciao Philadelphia
On Wednesday October 21st 2015, The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is presenting “90 Years of Italian Design Excellence”. This unique, live demonstration will feature approximately 20 of the very best of Italy’s sports car production from 1925 to 2015. Each car represents a landmark design that will demonstrate firsthand the evolution of Italian designers. This event is part of Ciao Philadelphia 2015, a month long celebration of Italian culture, from October 1-31 2015.
You will enjoy the very best in exciting, inspiring art crafted in aluminum, steel, wood and leather. Docents will present car-side analysis of each car emphasizing the specific features which were created in Italian workshops to make the vehicles not only powerful, but also beautiful. Makes such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, and Fiat are represented. All of the early cars have a unique history and is will be presented because the story adds so much to the fascination of the vehicle.
Join us October 23-24 for a celebration of Corvette Racing
With special guests Program Manager Doug Fehan & Driver Tommy Milner
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to welcome Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, and 2-time Le Mans winning driver Tommy Milner for a 2-day celebration dedicated to Corvette Racing on October 23-24. Under Doug’s leadership, Corvette Racing has earned nearly 100 race victories, 10 team championships, 9 driver championships and 8 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1999.
The weekend’s events will kick-off on Friday evening at 6:30 PM with a Corvette Racing Party with Doug and Tommy. The duo will recap the 2015 Corvette Racing season and the huge win at this year’s Le Mans during a buffet dinner which will start at 7:00pm. The evening will close with an autograph session. Tickets are $45 for Friday.
On Saturday, the Simeone Museum’s 1963 Corvette Grand Sport #GS002 will roar to life at 12:00 noon for a driving demonstration during the Museum’s famous “Demo Day” program. Doug and Tommy will return to to host an auction of Corvette Racing memorabilia to benefit the Simeone Foundation and to share stories about the history of Corvette Racing and their own racing careers. Michelin & Mobil 1 will each have Corvette Racing themed presentations of their products. General Admission tickets are $12 for Saturday.
From 1915 to 1920 the concept of a sports car was submerged by the rigors of a great world war. A few car companies early on made a true sports car where speed and sport supervene over practicality. Read more...