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Daily Briefing: Simeone collection voted number one in the world; SEMA looks for young vehicle builder in Seattle

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The newest addition to the Simeone collection, a 1938 Avions Voisin C28 Cabriolet. Photo courtesy of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Josh Sweeney and RM Sotheby’s.

The Classic Car Trust recently named the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the number one car collection in the world.

Based in Lichtenstein, the Classic Car Trust is a nonprofit that works to preserve the history of the automobile and the technological accomplishments of the automotive world. This June, The Classic Car Trust announced the results of their annual international car collection analysis at the headquarters of the Automobile Club of France in Paris. Their findings are data-based and study more than 200 collections worldwide.

Each collection is ranked based on two main factors; the historical significance of the collection and its “educational and charitable contribution to society.” Out of the 200 analyzed, 100 are chosen as the top collections in the world. After claiming second place in 2018, retired neurosurgeon and automotive enthusiast Fred Simeone and his collection came in first place for 2019 with the highest score, ahead of Ralph Lauren and Sam Walton of Walmart fame.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has a collection of more than 80 vehicles and a dedicated education program that includes a children’s summer camp.

To find out more about the award and the museum, visit


The SEMA Young Guns Regional Program is coming to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, arriving at the Formula Drift event at Evergreen Speedway this Saturday, July 20.

The program gives young builders (under the age of 28) an opportunity to have their vehicle showcased in a feature spot at the SEMA show and gives them an automatic entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. In addition, the winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the SEMA trade show including transportation of their vehicle. The winner and their vehicle will be featured in the show, online, in print, and on television.

Ira Gabriel, SEMA’s vice president of marketing, said that the “the talent, creativity and craftsmanship from the younger generation has been phenomenal,” and he is excited for what Seattle has in store. Four competitors have been chosen so far, and SEMA officials will choose the fifth this weekend.

The event will take place on July 20 at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, 30 miles north of Seattle. For more information on the contest, visit