Simeone Museum's classic car show serves as fundraiser for children in need

These weren't everyday cars at the second annual Philadelphia Concours d'Elegance.

Andrew Kramer
June 16, 2018 - 2:44 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Classic car lovers got to scope out some one-of-a-kind rides at the Simeone Automotive Museum in South Philadelphia on Saturday, while doing some good in the process. 

These weren't everyday cars at the second annual Philadelphia Concours d'Elegance.

"These are American and European classic and antique cars. We have open, closed, sports and muscle cars," said Sarah Raible, who organized the event along with the nonprofit Cool Cars for Kids.

"We're taking rare cars and supporting treatment and research into better treatment for kids with rare diseases," she explained...."It's a good time, good food, great cars, supporting a good cause. Our main goal is to raise awareness for the issues many of these kids face."

Former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil was on hand.

"I'm a car guy," Vermeil said. "Here's my old racecar that my dad bought the year after I was born."

But Vermeil had a bigger, more personal reason for attending the event.

"It benefits Children's Hospital," he said, "and we have a granddaughter with special needs that has been assisted healthwise in a wonderful way."

Lots of dads showed up too with their kids to celebrate Father's Day. Automobile lover Xander Brodeur couldn't stop smiling as he was walking around the classic car show with his dad.

"It's very cool to see all the different types of cars," Xander said, "from like a Messerschmitt to a Ferrari, you get every type of car here you would want."

His father Garret was happy to share the day with his son, but he too had a greater purpose for being there.

"I work at CHOP," he said, "and wanted to support the cause, the children with rare diseases and birth defects."