While traveling the country as part of the 2010 Mini Takes The States road rally, we stopped off at Philadelphia's Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum to get a closer look at some of the iconic cars that helped shape motorsport as we know it. This museum represents the personal collection of Dr. Frederick Simeone and features over 60 different cars from the full spectrum of automakers.
The museum isn't as glitzy and glamorous as you might expect, but that's not to say it's lackluster, either. There are no spotlights or interactive displays, and there are no one-offs or custom builds. Instead, you get an array of cars that saw actual competition. LeMans, Brooklands, Sebring, the Mille Miglia – it's all on display. What's more, the museum regularly takes the cars out to its three-acre parking lot for demonstration days.
Located near Philadelphia International Airport, the Simeone museum is open six days a week, and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and free for children ages eight and under. Group rates are available, and complete details are available over at the museum's website.
Scroll through our gallery below for a few dozen high-resolution photos of the beautiful cars on display, and if you're ever in Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and see the collection firsthand.