The Coolest Car Museum I’ve Been To

When I left Laguna Seca Raceway following Rennsport Reunion VI, I thought that the eye and ear-gasm I was subjected to over the weekend would ease. Oh, how wrong I was. My next stop was Los Angeles, and within the first few days I made the effort to head to the Petersen Automotive Museum and see what was on offer in arguably the most car-centric city in the world. Little did I know the treat I was in for. On the main floors were some big-ticket exhibitions I was very excited for: The Porsche Effect, The Roots of Monozukuri and Fine Tuning, where I (somewhat unexpectedly) came face-to-face with hero cars I thought I’d never see in the flesh, including a Dome Zero and Toyota 2000GT, plus Suki’s S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious and a screen-used DMC DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future. I had to keep pinching myself down in the Vault underneath the museum, where I spent a couple of hours in awe listening to the stories about some high – and low – profile road cars, race cars, movie cars, concept cars and everything in-between. Photos were strictly prohibited inside the Vault, so I’ll leave it to your imagination on the gems that laid underneath. Think Bugatti EB110, Jaguar XJ220, a Singer Porsche and the first Ferrari to come off the production line. I could go on and on about it all but if you ever get a chance to visit Los Angeles, the Petersen is a must to tick off the bucket list.

 

Where: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA, 90036, United States