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