Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, passes

Photograph Courtesy Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, has passed away. He was 86.

Dr. Simeone opened the museum in 2008 after spending over 50 years collecting some of the most significant race cars in history from the likes of Ferrari, Bugatti, Jaguar, Ford and more.

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From the museum:

Late last evening, as the first rays of light began to appear on the Mulsanne Straight, we lost our hero and champion, Dr. Frederick Simeone. Mere words cannot convey our overwhelming grief and sadness, nor can they express what this great man meant to so many people.

We will have more to say in the coming days and weeks, but we do find comfort and meaning in the fact that our friend passed in the midst of his beloved Le Mans, and we know his spirit is now eternally driving along with the legends he considered to be his heroes.

Godspeed, Dr. Simeone. We will always love you and miss you. Thank you for the gifts you have given this world. There will never be another man like you.

As more information becomes available we will announce it here and on our website.

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Kpcheng New Reader
6/13/22 11:35 a.m.

Very sad.  On a visit to the museum some years ago, I was fortunate enough to run into him and we spent quite a long time talking about the history of the collection and the preservation of the history embodied in our cars.  When collectors see fit to share their collections in the form of foundations and museums, we all need to help by visiting often and giving our support so the collections can be enjoyed by all going forward.  

TurnerX19 UltraDork
6/13/22 2:35 p.m.

This is very sad. I went to his museum the first day it opened, and had a wonderful chat. I keep going back, his legacy will live on as he intended.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
6/16/22 12:17 p.m.

In reply to TurnerX19 :

Yes, this was sad news. His museum was one of the best.

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