Dr. Simeone (right) is seen with a motorcycle buff, Cook Neilson, in a Classic Motorcycle Show held at his museum at his museum last August. (Photo by David Back) The museum boasts the nation’s largest collection of Alfa Romeos, the premier racing sport car in the 1930s.
Hill physician prescribes speed for car buffs
by Lon Mancinelli
The spirit of competition is the theme of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, located along the industrial corridor behind the Phila. International Airport at 6825-31 Norwitch Drive in a former engine-remanufacturing plant. It was founded in 2008 by former chairman of neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and 75-year-old Chestnut Hill resident, Dr. Fred Simeone.
The museum was named the 2011 Museum of the Year by the International Historic Motoring Awards at a November black tie ceremony in London, competing against major racing car museums in Europe. The panel featured judges Jay Leno, a racing sports cars enthusiast, vintage car racer and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Pebble Beach chief judge Ed Gilbertson, five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell and Lady Susie Moss, wife of racing icon Sir Stirling Moss, among others....More