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Celebrate the life of Enzo Ferrari at the Simeone on October 13

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Enzo Ferrari, racing driver, sometime in the 1920s. Public domain photo.

From the 1920s until his death in 1988, Enzo Ferrari played a significant role in shaping the evolution of motorsports, as well as race car and sports car design. On Saturday, October 13, as part of Ciao Philadelphia! — a event that honors the influence of Italian culture on the region — the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presents a series of special events paying tribute to il Commendatore, including a special Foundations of Photography class, a Ferrari-themed Demo Day, and a lecture and book signing with Ferrari biographer Luca Dal Monte.

1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS

Dr. Simeone with the museum’s 1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS. Remaining photos by Andrew Taylor, courtesy Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

The Foundations of Photography Class, taught by Andrew Taylor, begins at 10:30 a.m. and focuses on “Capturing Speed.” The sixth and final installment of the museum’s Foundations of Photography series, the class is suitable for both novice and experienced photographers. Topics discussed will include shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focal length, as well as how these relate to positioning, panning, and anticipation. At the kickoff of the Demo Day, class participants will enjoy unique access to the cars, enabling them to practice the skills leaned.

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza.

The Enzo Ferrari Demo Day will include four cars from the museum’s collection, as well as a guest car (or cars) to be named later. Cars slated to participate include a 1925 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport, the same model that delivered Ferrari’s first sports car racing victory as a driver; a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, similar to the cars prepared by Scuderia Ferrari for Grand Prix competition; a 1954 Ferrari 375MM Spyder, a significant competition model equipped with the 340-horsepower, Aurelio Lampredi-designed 4.5-liter V-12; and a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, powered by a Gioacchino Colombo-designed 3.0-liter V-12, rated at 300 hp.

1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder

1954 Ferrari 375MM Spyder, bodied by Pinin Farina.

The Demo Day session begins at noon with a question-and-answer session led by Dr. Fred Simeone, followed by driving demonstrations of the cars in the museum’s back lot starting at 12:30 p.m. From 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., the cars will be available for viewing and photography.

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

Next, author Luca Dal Monte will lead an in-depth discussion of his latest book, Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the book, released in March 2018, will be available for purchase, and the event will be capped with a book signing. Limited spots are also available to join Mr. Dal Monte and museum staff at dinner, with details to be published closer to the event.

Tickets for all events – which include museum admission – are available via or at