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The Simeone Foundation Museum: Race Cars, Red in Tooth and Claw

Posted in General by Vito Rispo | July 22nd, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Philadelphia is now home to the single most amazing and unique auto museum in the country. I simply cannot convey how excited I am about this. The Simeone Foundation Museum is Dr. Fred Simeone’s personal collection of 60 amazing race legends from the 1909 American Underslung to Le Mans winners to modern day race cars. All winners, all at the forefront of design. And almost all of them with some provenance or unique appeal. But this museum is about more than just the cars. The whole of the museum is a monument to a concept, the concept that created all of those beautiful cars, Competition.

I’ve always been a fan of heavy concepts over specifics. Complex adaptive systems, like the market and natural selection, fascinate me; when you put a bunch of individuals together all working for themselves, this order starts to appear. The best outcomes just suddenly happen.  This museum celebrates that.

I could go on and on about this museum, but I don’t think I could say it better than Fred Simeone himself:

Living organisms, fighting for survival, adapt to the demands of their environment. The strongest pass on their superior genes to future generations. In the competition between the species, the fittest indeed do survive.

The same is true with many inanimate objects. There are few illustrations of the effects of competition as dramatic, and beautiful, as the evolution of the racing sports car. This is the theme of our exhibition. Here you can learn how racing improves the breed. You can see the evolution of the race car as the result of seven decades of the ‘spirit of competition.’

That’s enough for now, but know to keep your eyes peeled, because sometime soon we’re going to have an exclusive interview with Dr. Fred Simeone and up close and personal pictures of his amazing collection. I can not wait.



Tues – Fri: 10AM – 6PM

Sat – Sun: 10AM – 4PM

Location: 6825 Norwitch Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA

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