Real-life 'Ford v Ferrari' cars featured in new local exhibit

Shara Dae Howard
November 16, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Dr. Fred Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, with two of the cars driven in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A historic period in American auto racing is the focus of a new blockbuster film, as well a museum exhibit in Philadelphia.
The exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum showcases the exact cars from the French 24 Hours of Le Mans race of 1966, depicted in the new movie "Ford v Ferrari."

The movie, starring Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale, is based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby's rivalry with Enzo Ferrari. Museum founder Dr. Fred Simeone is helping to tell the iconic story with an exclusive exhibit, bringing to life the passion that fueled racing era and the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

"1966 was a big year, and America never won an important race overseas," explained Simeone. "Ford finally did whatever they could, no expense spared to win Le Mans."

The exhibit stretches almost the length of the entire museum, lining up each car in chronological order, beside a display with authentic racing costumes from the film.

"We have the actual cars from that saga," Simeone said, "from Carroll Shelby's last winning race with the Aston Martin, which there are only four of in the world, all the way to the 1966 Le Mans." That race was won with the Ford GT40, which is represented in the exhibit.

The exhibit showing has been extended due to popular demand, through the end of December.