PHILADELPHIA _ The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia – a collection of 65 rare and significant racing sports cars – has been selected as 2017 “Museum of the Year” by the Octane Awards (formerly known as the International Historic Motoring Awards) for an unprecedented second time. The museum previously won the inaugural award in 2011, and also has been awarded the organization’s “Car of the Year,” and “Book of the Year.”
The judging panel includes TV host Jay Leno, vintage car racer and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Collier Collection curator L. Scott George, racing legend Derek Bell and noted collector Corrado Lopresto, among others.The selection committee noted, “In 2017 the Simeone Museum is most impressive for its commitment to inspiring the car enthusiasts of tomorrow. Teachers are invited to make use of the museum’s educational resources, and Demo Days, held twice a month, give visitors the opportunity to see the museum’s cars in action and learn more about them.”
The results were announced at a black-tie ceremony at the Underglobe on the Southbank of the River Thames in London on Nov. 16.
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, located near the Philadelphia International Airport, is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All of the cars have important historic meaning in the development of sports car road racing, from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the 1970s. The Simeone Museum is noted for its biweekly “Demo Days” where cars from the collection are run on the large lot in back of the museum.
For more information, visit www.simeonemuseum.org or call 215-365-7233.