The Simeone’s 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spyder at a 2015 Demo Day. Photos courtesy Simeone Automotive Museum.
In most automotive museums, cars on static display are never started, run or exercised in the public eye. Philadelphia’s Simeone Automotive Museum, however, does things a bit differently, scheduling “Demo Days” (short for demonstration, not demolition) throughout the year to better show off the cars in its collection. The 2016 Demo Days schedule is now up online, meaning it’s once again time to plan a visit (or visits) to the City of Brotherly Love.
Weather permitting, 2016 Demo Days will begin on January 23, with Vittorio Jano and the Great Alfas, which will star the museum’s prewar Alfa Romeos, including a 1933 8C 2300 Le Mans, a 1933 8C 2300 Monza Spyder, and a 1937 8C 2900A. February kicks off with a tribute to Daytona on the 13th, featuring the 1922 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster, the 1953 Hudson Hornet, the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe, the 1970s Plymouth Superbird, and the 1987 NASCAR Ford Thunderbird raced by Bill Elliott. The month concludes with Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, which allows reads to choose the collections “most beautiful” cars for a Demo Day on February 27.
1956 Jaguar D-type (foreground) and 1952 Cunningham C-4R.
March features Sports Car Club of America on the 12th, with an emphasis on postwar sports car racing and a spotlight on the 1950 Allard J2, the 1953 Jaguar C-type, the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, and the 1952 Cunningham C-4R. The month’s next event is Great Drivers! on the 26th, which celebrates Eddie Rickenbacker, Clemente Blondetti, Rene Dreyfus and Mike Hawthorn with a running of the 1913 Mercer Raceabout, the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM, the 1936/48 Delahaye 135S and the 1956 Jaguar D-type.
April brings Road to Track on the 9th, which stars the 1953 Jaguar C-type, the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe and the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, and Racing at Spa on the 23rd, with the 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe, the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, the 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 and the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
May’s Demo Days begin with Winning and Losing on the 14th, featuring the 1930 Bentley “Blower” 4.5 Liter Supercharged, the 1956 Maserati 300S, and the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, followed by Le Mans Choice! on the 28th, which asks the question, “What would YOU race at Le Mans?”
The 1967 Ford Mk IV warms up in the back lot.
June’s events include Le Mans 1966: Ford Wins 50 Years Ago! on the 11th, highlighting the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II and the 1967 Ford Mk IV, followed by Smooth, Powerfuil, Exotic, Evocative, Dramatic! on the 25th, which gives a nod to the 12-cylinder engine. Vehicles to be featured include the Auburn V12 Speedster, the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and the Bizzarrini Spyder.
Events for the second half of the year will celebrate Aerodynamics – Going Faster; Ferrari, the Thoroughbreds From Maranello; Ford Racing – Total Performance!; The Great Straight Eight; Revolutions by Evolution : T-Head, OHV, OHC, TOHC; Targa Florio!; Corvette!; British Design Leaders; and The Spirit of Competition.
For a complete listing of events and dates, or to vote for cars included in reader’s choice Demo Days, visit SimeoneMuseum.org.