Car geeks take note: the Simeone Foundation is one of the finest private collections of classic cars in the US. The “Car Museum” draws international car aficionados. This out-of-the-way treasure is a must see.
While I am not car obsessed, I love good design, and many of these cars are simply gorgeous in line, color and detail. It is hard not to absorb the enthusiasm of the people this museum draws. The collection includes cars from Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and more. Smart exhibits and knowledgeable staff and volunteers make the collection accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
The oldest car dates back to 1909. The Winners’ Circle features cars that have won classic road races like Le Mans. The Italian exhibit pays homage to the Mille Miglia. And visitors can get an up-close view of stock cars. The star piece is a 1964 Shelby that was the first vehicle to be listed on the US historical register of cars. Its small imperfections demonstrate the Simeone Foundation’s commitment to preservation rather than restoration.
Remarkably, almost all of the cars still run! Visit on one of the museum’s Demo Days, when Dr. Simeone and his helpers take a handful of cars outside and drive them around their extended parking lot. The only thing more beautiful than a candy apple red vintage Ferrari is that same Ferrari in motion, at 30 miles per hour.