By Larissa and Michael Milne
February 02, 2022
Cities often tout their world-class amenities, and Philadelphia certainly has its share. But beyond important cultural treasures, such as Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, another world-caliber attraction is hiding in plain sight near the Philadelphia International Airport: the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
The Simeone, as it’s known, is a unique collection of more than 75 race cars of historical significance that has earned accolades from around the globe. Founded in 2008 by Fred Simeone, a retired Philadelphia neurosurgeon, the museum has twice been honored (in 2011 and 2017) as Museum of the Year by “Octane” magazine, the renowned British automotive journal.
“This isn’t just a collection of cars, but a collection of stories,” says Simeone, who has spent more than a half-century collecting cars. In 2019, Simeone was ranked the number-one classic car collector in the world in The Key, an annual list compiled by the prestigious Classic Car Trust, based on the quality of his car collection, the exposure of the cars to the public and the museum’s educational mission.