Car fans, I've just had my Flabber Gasted! As in, "I'm FLABBERGASTED!"
Here's the Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) as they say:
1: The Simeone is just outside of Philadelphia, and is well worth a visit if you are interested in sports cars pre-1975. Admission is only about 12 bucks, so it's a good value if you're looking for awesome cars! You can read all about it on their website: SIMEONE MUSEUM
2: Yesterday's event focused on cars that have raced at the famous Nurburgring in Germany, and spectators had the chance to see and hear several historic race cars driving in the parking lot, including the Mercedes that won the first Nurburgring Grand Prix in 1927! Nurburgring
3: Oh, and to comment on all the above, as well as today's Formula 1 racing, we had Sky Sports broadcaster Will Buxton, and legendary driver/announcer David Hobbs!
4: Oh number 2, Will and David also were available to sign copies of their latest books, and were very generous with their time in talking to fans. To be honest, I felt kind of funny standing in line to get a chance to have Hobbo sign my copy of his book, but it was nice to say hi to him and his wife for just a minute or two. Most of us non-famous people never have to worry about stuff like this, but I would imagine these guys are used to it!
To get there I just had to drive thru NYC, down the NJ turnpike, and follow my GPS directions. Along the way I got to experience the great traffic in Manhattan, the Holland Tunnel, both were slow, but the rest of the trip was pretty easy. As a bonus, going from I-95 to the Simeone took me right by the collection of stadia where the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers play, all south of downtown.
Here's just a few of the highlights, and some VIDEO of these awesome cars being driven!
|David Hobbs, foreground, and Will Buxton in the
background signing and chatting with fans
|Hobbo, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth
Good title, fun read of his career!
Hobbs said his son suggested the title Gas Pedal: Gas Bag!
|Mr. Hobbs and his wife were very friendly folks, taking lots
of time with each person with a book to sign!
|Will and David comment as the museum staff drive some of the
cars that competed at the Nurburgring
|Will Buxton gets a photo of the Aston Martin. This thing sounded
awesome as it was driving around!
|Buxton and Hobbs posing with a Ferrari F1 car
|Question and answer session with Will and David
|One of two BMW 328s at the museum, this is a cool looking car,
see the next photo.
|BMW 328s, two of them!
Scroll down for video.
|Description of the next car, one of 3 Mercedes Benz gull wings I
saw at the museum.
|Mercedes Benz Gullwing
Short video below
|Hard to beat a British Racing Green Aston Martin, unless it
also won the world championship (season), was driven by
Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham, and Jim Clark!
|Aston Martin as described above. Wow!
Video below, you can go full screen
|1927 was a while ago, and how many cars from
then are still around? How many of those run? And
how many race winning cars from 1927 still run?
This one does!
|1927 Mercedes Benz Sportwagen, winner of the
first German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring!
Two videos below, it lives1