Peterson Auto Museum

Recently we took another trip to the Peterson Automotive Museum. We heard the Microcars were there and wanted to see the tiny little things. The SMART car looks positively large compared to some of the little vehicles on display. There's a new gallery of images on the website that features images of them as well as some of the other vehicles in the museum.

The museum is a difficult place to take pictures, it's dim and no tripods are allowed. Flash is allowed, but with all the reflective surfaces it's difficult to expose with an on camera unit. I've been there numerous times and tried a number of different techniques. The best I've found is to use a beanbag on the camera and find places to support it that aren't off limits.

Here are a few images with cars that have memories attached...

auto_museum (9 of 31).jpgThis 1957 Ford Convertible Hardtop is just like the one that my Mom had when I was a kid. I can remember watching in awe when the top retracted into the trunk. There are a number of cars with this feature today, but it was one of a kind back then.

auto_museum (29 of 31).jpgSteve McQueen's Jaguar XKSS. This car made runs along Mulholland Drive on numerous occasions. I lived on the road and can remember all the Mulholland racers.

auto_museum (30 of 31).jpgJewelry Nudie had this car parked in front of his store on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood almost every day. He was quite a character. I once flew with him from Nashville to Los Angeles and heard humorous stories while he tried to sell me every piece of jewelry he was wearing. 8 watches, 16 rings, 6 pairs of cuff links, pins, broaches, etc, etc...

If you get a chance, go visit the museum. The cars will bring back memories.

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