Simeone readies for its annual motorcycle exhibit

Simeone readies for its annual motorcycle exhibit

Museum also plans special Bonneville Demo Day this weekend while ACD Museum gets a new leader

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia stages its 10th annual Motorcycle Exhibit from August 18-September 7 with more than 40 historic bikes on display. 

The show will have three themes:

  • Indian Motorcycles 1902 to 1953. “After bringing many firsts to the industry, Indian dominated racing in the days of board-track racing,” the museum said in its news release. “In the 1920s and 30s, Indian brought to market a well-engineered four-cylinder, luxury motorcycle in addition to the Sport Scout and Chief models. Years later, rival motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson had out-maneuvered Indian as a war supplier and things began to come undone when the last big v-twin Chief rolled out the door in 1953.
  • Italian Motorcycles 1938 to 1988. “Italian Motorcycles have always had a unique feel about them. From their look, to their sound, and their ride, are all as unique as the regions in which they were developed. From the humble Cucciolo to the fabulous Moto Guzzi V-8 Grand Prix motorcycles, Italian motorcycles have consistently been known for both their flare and innovative technology.”
  •  Hyper-Performance Motorcycles 1970 to 1993. “Superbikes offer performance that sets new standards for their time while altering their respective playing field. In the modern era, motorcycles like the legendary Honda CB750, the Kawasaki Z1, the Munch Mammoth, the BMW R90S defined performance in their day. From the turbo-assisted bikes of the 1980s to the sexy Ducati 916 of the 1990s, Superbikes are known to define their era’s outer performance envelope with ease.”

If you can’t wait until August 18, the museum already has Burt Munro’s 1920 Indian Scout, of World’s Fastest Indian movie fame, on display through September 7. 

It’s Bonneville Demo Day at the Simeone

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will stage a special Demo Day on July 28 featuring a parking-lot re-enactment of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe making speed runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

Bonneville is the theme of the day. Other cars being put into motion include a 1935 Auburn 851 boat tail speedster, 1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder, 1954 Austin-Healty 100-4 BN1 and 1956 Jaguar D-type.

The 1991 Salt Shark Lakester will take part, but only as a static display. 

New executive director at ACD Museum

Brandon Anderson has become the fifth executive director in the 44-year history of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Indiana’s KPC Media Group reports. 

Anderson is an Indiana native who for more than five years had been deputy executive director of The History Museum in South Bend. 

KPC reports that Anderson has a passion not only for history but for automobiles,  having restored cars with his father. He also has degrees in historic preservation and architectural history from Savannah College of Art and in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Special events this weekend

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts its annual “Mopars at the Red Barns” car show July 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

It’s “Supercar Saturday” on July 28 at the Brooklands Museum in England, where high-performance vehicles — vintage and modern — will take part in runs up the Brooklands Test Hill and on-track demonstrations. 

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine stages “The Fine Art of Murder,” a murder mystery dinner event, starting at 6 p.m. on July 29.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum’s second annual The Great Car Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 29 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. As many as 450 vehicles can be accommodated. 

The California Agriculture Museum and Antique Caterpillar Club will take several tractors to the Pear Fair, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday in Courtland, California.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia has added not only a second session for its Race Car Summer Camp, July 30-August 3, but a third session August 27-31. The camps use motorsports to explore STEM subjects, and each camper will design and race a CO2-powered car. For information and registration, visit the museum website.

Mark your calendar

It’s the inaugural “Pride of Our Rides” car show August 4 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia where museum volunteers, those who help with Demo Days and other museum programs, will stage a show of their own cars. The show is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Supercars at Beaulieu 2017

England’s Beaulieu Museum hosts its Simply Japanese car show on July 29 and a new Supercar Evolution event August 4-5.

The British Motor Museum offers its fifth annual Classic Van & Pick Up Show on August 5. 

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine presents a watercolor workshop with artist Judy Taylor on August 8-9. The workshop will feature vintage antique auto advertising and will use a 1931 Franklin as a “live” model. To register, visit the museum website.

August 9 is “It’s Not All About the Cars” day at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, where tours of the museum’s art collection will be featured.

Ed Garten, vice president of the Society of Automotive Historians and dean emeritus and professor at the University of Dayton will present “The Volkswagen Beetle: From Hitler to Hippie to Icon” at 1:30 p.m. on August 15 at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana.

The British Motor Museum stages its annual Buses Festival on August 19 with as many as 100 vintage and modern coaches on display. The day includes free bus rides to the museum from Lemington Spa Upper Parade and Train Station.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany will offer a summer program for children 8-12 years of age from August 21-31, Tuesdays through Fridays. An overall theme for the camps will be motorsports.

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will stage its annual car show on August 25 with more than 1,500 vehicles available for viewing, along with antique dolls, pin cushions, radios and more. The Lucky Vehicle Auction Fall Classic begins that same day and runs through the 26th.

The National Corvette Museum celebrates its 24th anniversary August 30-September 1. The weekend includes the induction of Burt and John Greenwood, Tom Wallace and Mike Yager into the hall of fame.

Britain’s Beaulieu museum hosts its International Autojumble on September 1-2, with more than 2,000 vendors offering spare parts and assorted automobilia for sale (autojumble is the British version of a swap meet).

“Riverside Revisited” is the theme of a special tribute celebration of the historic racing circuit scheduled for September 8 at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California, just south of the runways of LAX. During the event, mechanic, fabricator, car builder, crew chief and Indy racing team manager Jimmy Dilamarter will receive the Peter Bryant Challenger Award for Excellence in Engineering.

Museum truck show 2017

More than 400 classic (as early as 1970) and modern trucks of all categories are expected for the Retro Truck Show to be held September 8-9 at the British Motor Museum. 

The Kansas City Auto Museum will be among the participants in the American Royal BBQ Car Show, scheduled for September 15 at Kansas Speedway.

The Beaulieu museum in England launches its annual Autumn Lecture Series on September 15 with Steve Fenwick of Renault Sport Racing discussing “F1 Cars: An Engineering Challenge.” On October 12, it’s Steve Waddingham, historian at Aston Martin Lagonda, talking about “Aston Martin: A History.” November 12, Petere Williams will discuss his motorcycle racing career. On December 8, Chris Keith Lucas, managing director for Jaguar specialist Lynx, will present “If I had known then what I know now.”

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