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For those going to the Annual Meeting in 2012, you may want to visit the

Dr. Simeone Museum down near the Philadelphia Airport off Linburgh Blvd.

The International Historic Motoring Awards chose the Simeone as “Museum of the Year.” The judging panel included TV host Jay Leno, vintage car racer and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Pebble Beach Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell and Lady Susie Moss, wife of Sir Stirling Moss.

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I visited the Simeone Museum this past February. It was spectacular and a must-see visit. I highly recommend attending the AACA Annual Meeting, because this event will make the museum seem even more spectacular.

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More information on attending the AACA Annual Meeting can be found on page 28 of the November/December issue of Antique Automobile.

This is the information on page 29 in regards to visiting the Simeone museum while attending the Annual Meeting:

Annual Meeting Attendees Will Visit One of the World’s Greatest Sports Car Museums

If you’re making plans to attend the AACA Annual Meeting in February, don’t miss out on the Thursday-evening trip (February 9th) to the Simeone Foundation Museum. Within its walls is a personal collection of some of the rarest and most significant racing sports cars in the world, all assembled in a 100,000-square-foot building by neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, who began acquiring the cars in the collection five decades ago. The central theme is “the spirit of competition.”

While many museums and collections contain cars exactly like ones that are legendary for what they accomplished in racing history, most of Dr. Simeone’s cars are the actual cars that participated and/or took the checkered flag in the most famous races in the world. One display entitled “The Winner’s Circle” (bottom photo), contains five cars from each of the major competing countries – Germany, France, Italy, England and the U.S. Each car is the actual winner in the races shown in the wreaths above the display. The supercharged Mercedes-Benz S was the 1927 German Grand Prix winner at the Nurburg Ring; the Bugatti Type 57G “Tank” not only set land speed records but it won every single race it entered, including the 1937 Le Mans; the Alfa Romeo 8C2900B was the 1938 Mille Miglia winner; the Cunningham was the 1954 Le Mans class winner; and the Aston Martin was the 1958 Nurburgring winner.

The collection focuses on racing sports cars – cars with fenders and headlights that could conceivably be driven on the street. Other significant cars include the “Hippie” Porsche 917 (named for its psychedelic paint scheme), and a speed-record-holder Cobra Daytona coupe that had been lost for 30 years until Simeone helped in its recovery.

A majority of 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, The Nurburgring the Targa Florio and Le Mans. The cars are used to tell a story – that competition and racing improves the breed.

“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.”

Famous marques like Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo and Porsche are some of the automobiles represented in the collection. Many important American cars are also displayed, including historic NASCAR racers.

If you can’t make the visit during the annual meeting, the Simeone Foundation Museum is located at 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia PA 19153. Phone: 215-365-7233. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | One of the greatest collection of racing sports cars in the world.. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Children under 8 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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It really is a national treasure and a fantastic collection. Fred's ideological leadership of the 'preservation' movement comes across loud and clear, and is as significant a part of the museum's impact as the cars themselves.

Linger over the Mercer Raceabout with it's period 'as raced' wheels and paint...

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