Sunday, July 29, 2012

the Simeone musuem in Philliadelphia, it's car collection theme is "The Spirit of Competition", a most remarkable group of winning race cars

the Simeone Foundation exhibition is a personal collection of about 60 of the most significant racing sports cars, driven by Dr. Fred Simeone’s singular vision of how the collection should be arranged. The central theme of the Simeone Foundation collection is “The Spirit of Competition.”

The cars are displayed in dioramas representing the famous race courses where the cars actually competed — such as Watkins Glen, Bonneville, Sebring, the Mille Miglia and Le Mans — so you can relive history while you peruse the collection.

Significant cars in the collection 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, a 1938 Alfa Romeo, winner of the Mille Miglia, a 1963 Grand Sport Corvette, and a 1921 Duesenburg French GP, one of 3 entered in the Le Mans of 1921

His collection includes a Mercedes found after World War II that had been hidden from Nazis in a barn, then left behind after the owners fled. Other cars include a 1916 Stutz Bearcat, a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, a 1950 Allard J2 raced at Watkins Glen, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 used in speed trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats and two Ferraris raced at Le Mans, the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is one. 

Musclecars include a Plymouth Superbird, Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda, Shelby G.T.500KR and Hurst/Olds with 455 power... plus 2 Boss 429 mustangs

photos are from a good slide shows at

1 comment:

  1. Very nice with my favorite being from the muscle car era of the 1960s and early 70s. Richard