Classic cars

CALIFORNIA: SANTA ANA (LYON AIR MUSEUM/ CLASSIC CAR SHOW)

Earlier, I posted an article about the Lyon Air Museum located in Santa Ana, California.  The facility occupies a 30,000 square foot hangar on the west side of John Wayne Airport and provides a unique setting for events such as galas, holiday parties, fashion shows and receptions. From now until September 2017, the museum is hosting a classic car show featuring a nice collection of pristine classic cars that will appeal to the classic car hobbyist and thrill seeker alike.

There is a 1939 Mercedes-Benz Model G4 Offener Touring Wagon and a 1940s Divco Helms Bakery Truck that are  already a part of the museum’s permanent collection. The museum also features a nice collection of military vehicles and motorcycles which include the 1939 German VID Tempo Gelaendewagen, the 1942 Ford GPW Military Jeep, the 1943 German NSU Kettenkrad HK 101 Tracked Motorcycle and the 1943 Japanese Rikuo Sidecar Motorcycle, just to list a few.

The classic car show features the 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix which was driven by race car driver, William Grover-Williams, who was captured by the Gestapo in Germany  in August of 1943. He was sent to a concentration camp for nearly two years and executed in March of 1945, just a few months before the end of WWII.  You will also find a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. This vehicle’s prototype was displayed at the London Auto Show in 1948.  Then there is my favorite in the collection, the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe in a striking red!

Visitors can enjoy the classic cars and everything else this unique museum has to offer all for one admission fee.  General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 5 and 17.  Children under 5 are admitted free.  The Lyon Air Museum is located on 19300 Ike Jones Road in Santa Ana, California.  It is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM which the exception of Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You can contact them at (714) 210-4585 for more information.

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California: Car Scene

With the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show (http://laautoshow.com/) just around the corner (November 22 to December 1, 2013) I thought this would be a great time to touch upon the car scene in Southern California, given that I introduced the Petersen Automotive Museum briefly in my earlier post about California Museums.

Since the end of World War I, everything in Southern California has been directly influenced by the advent of the automobile and serving the motorist.  Car culture is deeply rooted here, there is a deep connection between the people and their cars. The automobile is a necessary part of living in Southern California.

That being said, several tourist attractions and numerous annual events in the Los Angeles area are centered on the love affair between Californians and their vehicles.  Here, I am presenting just a small sampling to give you a flavor of Southern California living.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90036

http://www.petersen.org

The Petersen Automotive Museum located along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles was founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen.

The $40 million museum is one of the world’s largest automotive museums dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture. It encompasses more than 300,000 square feet and its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. The remaining half of the collection is kept in a vault located on the basement level of the building.

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Speed Racer’s Mach 5

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1965 Hannibal

1965 Hannibal

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1939 Lincoln Zephyr Custom

1939 Lincoln Zephyr Custom

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1994 Bugatti

1994 Bugatti

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The LA Auto Show
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA  90015

http://laautoshow.com/

The LA Auto Show is an annual car show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in late November/ early December for a period of ten days.  With its inauguration back in 1907, the LA Auto Show has grown to become one of the biggest new car shows in the country surpassing the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The new car exhibits fill 760,000 square feet of convention space and the show draws approximately 900,000 spectators a year.

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All Toyotafest
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA  90802

All Toyotafest is an annual car show held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach showcasing both the classic and the latest Toyota automobiles.  The event also features customized Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles!

The one day event draws throngs of Toyota enthusiasts.

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For more information of Southern California car related events, please visit:
http://www.socalcarculture.com/events.html