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The August 2011 Event
In August, we visited the Petersen Automotive Museum for an in-depth tour of the Museum's exhibit -
Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough.

The tour gave us a chance to see everything from a prewar Bugatti 57C Atalante to an SLR. The supercar display was in addition to the more than 150 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles that are permanently on display at the facility. As an added bonus, the museum had a scooter exhibit.

The tour was about 2 hours, and we had the pleasure of being guided by a museum docent. Afterwards, we explored the museum on our own before many of us got together for lunch at the Johnny Rockets restaurant on the 1st floor of the Petersen.

Here are some photos from the outing.

A reproduction of the blacksmith shop in 1901 where 17-year-old Carl Breer built a car powered by a 2-cylinder steam engine.
This is the original car.

We saw many real cars with period matching backdrops.

Another lifelike diorama.

A time when race tracks were made of wood and "real men" occasionally had splinters.

It wouldn't be L.A. without custom cars.

Our guide with an odd vehicle is it's proper setting.

That "odd" vehicle was the Helms backery truck. From a time when the baker came to you.

A period correct gas station.

Across the "street" from the gas station was a Cadillac dealer.

More fuel pumps from an era when full service was standard.

In 1921, Ford's most expensive model was the $795 Center Door Sedan.
It was named the "Center Door Sedan" because it was designed with a single door on each side.

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