PETERSEN AU­TO­MO­TIVE MU­SEUM

MORE THAN 30 JA­PANESE CARS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST AU­TO­MO­TIVE MU­SE­UMS

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With more than 100 spe­cial ve­hi­cles on dis­play at any given time, the Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum is not just a big deal for car en­thu­si­asts, but for any­one who can ap­pre­ci­ate arts and cul­ture as well. The mu­seum broke ground in ’94, how­ever, it wasn’t un­til three years ago that it re­ceived a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion and be­came a sta­ple at­trac­tion in L.A. In­side, you’ll find ev­ery­thing from iconic hot rods to celebrity cars, land-speed record hold­ers, mo­tor­cy­cles, and more. Be­hind th­ese mu­seum glass doors is where his­tory was made, and where you’ll dis­cover and learn more than what you can find on Wikipedia. So, it’s no mys­tery why we were be­yond ec­static when the Petersen added two spe­cial ex­hibits this year called “The Roots of Monozukuri: Cre­ative Spirit in Ja­panese Au­tomak­ing” and “Fine Tun­ing: Ja­panese-amer­i­can Cus­toms,” both of which are an ode to, you guessed it, Ja­panese cars.

The Monozukuri ex­hibit fea­tures ve­hi­cles from the ’70s and ear­lier, for ex­am­ple, a very stun­ning ’67 Toy­ota 2000GT. While we def­i­nitely dig the clas­sics, we’re most stoked about the Cus­toms ex­hibit next door. Aimed to show off ex­am­ples of Amer­i­can tuner cul­ture, Petersen cu­rated cars that in­clude a mix of JDM styling and mo­tor­sport. You’ll no­tice four for­mer Su­per Street fea­ture cars that in­clude for­mer edi­tor-in-chief Jonathan’s Wong’s ’90 Honda Civic Si, Pa­trick Soli­man’s Rb-swapped ’73 Nis­san Sky­line, Fredric Aasbo’s ’15 For­mula Drift-win­ning Scion tc, and Stephen Pa­padakis’ FWD record-break­ing ’98 Honda Civic.

The fact that an or­ga­ni­za­tion like the Petersen is ac­knowl­edg­ing our cul­ture as a part of au­to­mo­tive his­tory is what makes th­ese ex­hibits an in­cred­i­ble mile­stone. We en­cour­age you to check out the Petersen if you make it to L.A. from now un­til April 2019. The mu­seum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ev­ery day, and we prom­ise that whether you spend a cou­ple hours or a whole day there, you’ll leave ap­pre­ci­at­ing be­ing a car en­thu­si­ast that much more.

CON­NECT: petersen.org

WORDS & PHO­TOS Sam Du

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