The home of some of the world’s finest sports racing cars, Simeone Museum, hosts a very special day to celebrate racing Mustangs.
Very close to the Philadelphia Airport sits the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, home to a very unique collection of historic racecars. It has been awarded Museum of the Year honors. As an opening to their celebration of 50 Years of the Mustang, the Museum hosted a Mustang Racing Legends event. Just off the event stage was John Atzbach’s GT350R, #5R002, above. One of the first group of GT350s constructed, the car was a barn-find in Mexico, then sat in a Museum before being acquired and restored by Atzbach.
As you entered the Museum, you were greeted by a group of Shelby GT350s each showcasing a different stage of the car’s legacy including 1965-‘66 versions, below, a Hertz Rent-a-Racer and a modern version. Seminars by Chuck Cantwell, Project Engineer at Shelby American for the GT350 and Greg Kolasa, author of The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide 1965-1970 (http://www.cartechbooks.com/the-definitive-shelby-mustang-guide-1965-70.html) along with Joe Spinelli who shared insights into the Ford’s drag racing efforts during the Musclecar era.
Words & photos by M. M. “Mike” Matune, Jr.
For more information about the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, please visit http://simeonemuseum.org/