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Renowned car collector Dr. Fred Simeone passes at 86

Dr. Frederick Simeone, renowned car collector and founder of the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum in Philadelphia, passed away on Saturday, June 11. He was 86. "This is a sad day for the car world," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. "Fred was a visionary collector of world-class sports racing cars.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/people/renowned-car-collector-dr-fred-simeone-passes-at-86/
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hyperv6
Racer

Great collector who like to share not only the sights but the sounds of some of the greatest cars in history. 

wdb
Advanced Driver

Godspeed Dr. Simeone! I had the privilege of seeing you drive some of your fabulous cars on demo days, also of watching you drive the Aston Martin DBR1 at the Duryea Hillclimb. And of course I heard you discuss those wonderful cars as only you could. You are missed.
Studenorton
Instructor

Life well lived. Every once in a while, "he who dies with the most toys" really does win.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Someone with kindness and a willingness to share the knowledge. we need more of that.
RG440
Instructor

A public memorial for Dr. Simeone will be held on Thursday, June 16 at the
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Please visit anytime from 3 pm to 7 pm.
ABOUT THE SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.
Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.
jaysalserVW
Advanced Driver

Another reminder that the average age of vintage car collectors is becoming older and older. We need to concentrate on vintage vehicles instead of pushing EVs and other new vehicles. Less attention to truly vintage vehicles diverts attention from our Hobby! I continue to voice my opinion in hopes that even Hagerty will not place so much emphasis on "mystery Corvettes" and EVs. Let's redouble our efforts to draw young people into the Vintage Vehicle Hobby!
Snailish
Engineer

Forum analytics will show they get lots to hits and comments on the new car & EV related articles.

 

Someone that actually reads the forums will see that much of the posts aren't all that positive on those topics here. But an open forum (and minds) for discussion are good to have.

 

The point I am leading to:

 

People need to post more on the articles about the other topics. There are great articles about vintage cars with 0-3 posts. Get reading and chatting, show them what you want!

Thejonesthree
New Driver

I had the distinct honor of meeting Dr. Simeone at a charity benefit for CHOP in Philadelphia at the museum. What an engaging, understated man. It was also my first time at the museum. A truly impressvie and historic collection. Well worth the visit if you find yourself stuck at the Philly airport with some extra time, as it's just a short ride over.
SAG
Technician

Nice 'Memorial'.
Mermanp
Pit Crew

I recently toured his fabulous collection of historic cars and was given an opportunity to video the 1926 Bugatti Type 35 as it was driven around outside. His collection of cars is impressive and expansive. Dr. Simeone had impeccable taste in cars and shared his wealth of knowledge with others.

He was not only a great car guy. Dr. Simeone was a renowned surgeon who successfully performed spinal surgery on me over 30 years ago.