Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Petersen Automotive Museum

During our recent trip to L.A., I managed to convince the family (and our host Ray) to take in at least one automotive attraction. I chose the recently renovated and re-opened Petersen Automotive Museum. With a pre-schooler and a baby in tow, it's not easy to see all there is to see in such a place, but I still had a blast in the time we were there and managed to see pretty much everything that I would classify as must-see, following my own tastes. I think the rest of the group was satisfied that we didn't spend the whole day there, so overall, it was a worthwhile activity.

Here are a few of the photos I snapped:

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The museum viewed from the street... it definitely stands out!
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Mercer Raceabout, a VERY early sports car
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The original SUV: Ford Model T
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The Jaguar CX75, featured in the latest Bond movie, will not see production
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Magnum P.I.'s 308
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A stunning Bugatti Atlantic
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The car I most photographed: BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car
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It looked good from every angle.

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Another great angle...
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... and another!
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Another art car, the BMW 850i
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A Zagato-bodied Ferrari
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A Veyron with a questionable paint scheme

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I'm not into hot rods, but this one was lovely
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Something for Jules: a full-sized Lightning McQueen
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I don't usually love resto-mods, but they seem to have got everything right on this DeTomaso Pantera

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The new Ford GT (with the classic one in the background)
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I like it, but maybe not as much as the previous version from the mid 2000's
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The classic GT40 still looks amazing
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Both cars together
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It does look a bit strange with wire wheels, however, as they seem to come from another era while the rest of the car looks quite modern.
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A Ken Block Ford Fiesta
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An amazing vintage racing 'Vette
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McLaren F1: the best street car ever
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An immaculate 50's Ferrari race car
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James Bond's DB5
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Another Ferrari in the silver room
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Beautiful lines
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Streamlined design
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The closed-wheel version of the Mercedes W196
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One of the most valuable cars in the world
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Ex-Fangio Lancia D24 in the race car room
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Other beautiful sports racers
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The dominant Porsche 956
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... beside it's older brother, the 936, in stunning Martini livery.
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Two more Porsche endurance legends: the 935 and the 917 (in Gulf livery, no less!)
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What a beast...
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The 917 still looks amazing
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The 936 looks like a rocket ship
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... a mean rocket ship.
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The 956 looks like it could still race today
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This McLaren Can-Am car looked pretty serious, even in orange
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The World's First Superbike: Honda 750 Four
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My namesake, the Vincent Black Shadow
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Not only is this Jaguar XKSS rare in itself...
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... it also happens to be Steve McQueen's former car!
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A replica of the "First Practical Car", the Benz Patent-Motorwagen
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This Cisitalia looked great, despite the whitewall tires.
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Jules enjoys a snack in front of a Saturn EV1... I guess they weren't all crushed
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Another Bond villain's vehicle, a Land Rover Defender
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I remember this one from all the magazines: the Dodge Tomahawk, a four-wheeled motorcycle with a Viper V10!

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