The Key

Sportscar Legend

Photo credit: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

An internationally-renowned neurosurgeon, Fred Simeone sees his passion for collecting as a “decompression chamberfrom the tension of his demanding work. What started out as the amusing pastime of someone with a keen eye for excellence slowly and surely evolved into one of, if not the most important collections of road racing cars on the planet. This claim is substantiated by the fact that it’s those magical Sports that raced in the Carrera Panamericana, Mille Miglia and Le Mans that fascinate Simeone the most. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum – this is the name of the great pavilion that welcomes cars in Philadelphia – suggests yet another demonstration of excellence for this man who is loved and appreciated by those who know him: to fully preserve this heritage, backed up with substantial investments, and to ensure its continuity and protection, he donated it all to a Foundation to manage it. In reality, however, he is still the heart and soul of this magical place, often exhibiting the cars in the forecourt of the museum, and at night to relive the light beams of endurance races, as well as organizing the “Spirit of Competition” award while collecting and analysing the precious documents that make up his important archive.

To give you an idea of just what this collection represents, remember it was the world’s largest in the ranking of The Key 2019. In The Key 2020, his world awaits you.

One of the “pit lanes” that was rebuilt in the Simeone Museum to present sports and racing prototypes. In the foreground, the Porsche 917 that raced on numerous occasions at Le Mans, next to the Ferrari 250P number 21 which won outright at Le Mans in 1963 with Scarfiotti and Bandini behind the wheel just for starters…
Everything is always ready for one of the Demo Days organized by Fred Simeone for museum enthusiasts and visitors
The Winner’s Circle is the area reserved for epic cars such as the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Spider, along with the Bugatti that won at Le Mans in 1937, a Cunningham, Mercedes and an Aston Martin DBR1
Fred Simeone with the famous racing driver Mario Andretti during one of his Spirit of Competition events
A tribute to Carroll Shelby: the Cobra and the later Daytona Coupé