Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday's Column - The Petersen Auto Museum

This Sunday's column is about the Petersen Automobile Museum.  I have to admit that I've never been to it before and I feel rather ashamed of that fact.  After all, I'm supposed to not only know about all these types of places in the Southland, but to have actually gone to them.  No, I don't do it all from my desk via Google and Wikipedia!

As you start to go around the museum there are various models of a highly vintage order.  There is a blacksmith working at his forge to remind us that cars came from coaches and had to be made by hand using iron and steel.

This tableau, called Stuck in the Mud, shows a frustrated chauffeur standing by, with the woman lazing in the back reading a "penny dreadful."

In those days, not only were cars unreliable but the roads were pretty bad too.  Later on in the museum one comes across some of the more exotic vehicles, including Elvis's 1959 sky blue Cadillac complete with telephone - quite an innovation back then.  If you've never been to this place it is well worth a visit even if you're not a car buff.  You can read the entire column at

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