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Old 08-29-2008, 10:55 AM
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Petersens Automotive museum in Hollywood

While on vacation I went to the Petersenís automotive museum in SoCa. It isn't actually in Hollywood, but it is just down Wilshire bl. It is all that I thought it would be, very nice. I will post more photos later. But there was a good mixture of hot rods, classics, and race cars past and present. The featured exhibit was on the history of camp trailers, I loved that part. As I was looking at all these I kept thinking about a Tear drop trailer I had about 15 years ago that would have fit right in exhibit. It was made by an airplane mech right after the war and used war bird parts and it was all aircraft riveted! Damn I wish I still had it.

Anyway, if you get a chance to check it out, do so. One thing that was interesting was that many cars had no ropes around them. These were very high dollar cars, I found that very cool. Sorry about the few out of focus shots.

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GM EV-I electric car. We repaired these cars at a shop I worked at, very interesting.






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How about a vintage UPS truck.
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The displays were awesome. This was a Model T dealership!
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A diner
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Hot rod garage.
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A custom shop

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Thanks for sharing, There is a car museum in Tn I need to check out.I think it is Seirvelle(sp?).
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OMG BRIAN.. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! as a youngster in 1964 i saw the mantaray at an auto show in topeka, kansas. i spent like 1-1/5 hours looking at it from all different angles. the assemetrical disign of the body was sheer genius. i couldn't take my eyes off it. i assume you were impressed with it as much as i was as a kid--it's the first pic you posted.. . there was a 40' x80' army tent set up outside that had 10 of ed-big daddy roth's cars in it, they were cool, but i had to go back and stare at dean jeffries car until the show closed.

no offence, but your one picture does not show the beautiful assemetry of the car, and in 64 it was a pristine pearl white (looks a little yellowed in your pic). that car and the "all new corvette coupe for 1963" in sept of 62 on the bonanza show on that sunday night determined my lifes path.

i have thought about what happened to the mantaray over the years (last time was less than a year ago (i get bored in the winter and think a lot) that one picture does my heart good, that beautiful car is still around...thanks brian!!!!

OH, and i havn't posted much lately because all those parts you saw on the garage floor have been assembled this summer, but the mantaray just deserved a post...
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:42 AM
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I love it as well, I have another close up of it, but that was it. I wish I had known someone would enjoy a particular car so much, I would have taken many more of it.

Here are some more (I took a lot) But I also took a bunch of crap. I wasn't thinking and the darn flash wasn't on a number of times!

Brian

So what is this? It is a hand built race car called a Teverbaugh and Kirkland. It was absolutely stunning! The detail was pretty hard to beat and that includes ANY car you could ever put next to it. It was just BEAUT-I-FUL.





This was a kids section. The goofy car was one of a number of "kids creations". They built cars (or models actually) from little kids drawings! They were very entertaining. Lots of hands on like my son in the Indy car and on the Police bike!
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A couple of Presidential Limos and even one from Soviet Union!

Chrylser dream car.


A HOTWHEEL display with every car they have ever made! And some super cool design and construction of these little cars.
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A motorcycle section.
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How's this for a "Small Block Chevy"?

And the car it's in..
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AMBR 1950
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Untouched hot rod from 1955ish
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Some of the vintage camp trailers.
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Chrysler Turbine car!
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And motor.
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How about an electric car built by a 17 year old including the motor, from 1887!
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Why it's Greased lightening!

Batcycle
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Killer man. Just added one more placed I need to visit to my list.
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And across Winshire from this museum is the LA museum of art, I didn't go in but I'll bet would be very good. Down the block is the LeBrea tar pits! If you think the idea of a small spot in the middle of LA with tar coming out of the ground and the finding of Mamoths, SaberTooth tigers and CAMELS by the thousands is interesting, you need to check this place out as well. I had heard of the LeBrea tar pits all my life and thought it was more of a cheesy tourist trap than anything. But this is a working dig, and has been for a hundred years! THOUSANDS of complete skeletons have been unearthed here and displayed all over the world. It was VERY intersting to say the least.

And we had a great meal at the LA musem next door too!

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Brian,
If you don't mind, I'll hijack your thread a bit and add some more that I saw there last year ( 2 weeks after Petersen died and a week after the '32 exhibit )

The LaBrea Tar pits are impressive as well
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Heck no I don't mind! Those are super photos. Many of those cars weren't there, they do change them often.

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That's Bill Niekamp's '29 roadster. The winner of the first America's Most Beautiful Roadster award, this handcrafted masterpiece became one of the most admired and influential hot rods of all time. Jim Jacobs bought the car and restored it.

Attached are a couple of other pictures of it.

I remember seeing this car for the first time, as a kid reading my dad's car magazines. It was a life-changing event.
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Yep, when he bought it, it has a 364 Buick Nailhead in it. That motor was the motor in Jims "Screaming Yellow Zonker" from the famous Rod & Custom issue with the "road test" between it and the "California Kid".

When I called to talk to by brother about seeing the car he informed me that he had spent a good amount of time talking with Jim at the Goodguys in Pleasanton the same day I was at Petersens!

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Killer man. Just added one more placed I need to visit to my list.
And don't forget they are closed on Mondays! I walked up to find the doors locked! Had to come back a few days later.

There was a BIG photo shoot going on for Puma on that Monday.

Brian
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