PHOTO GALLERY—After 20 years as the Southland’s most iconic automotive museum, the Petersen closed its doors for a year to undergo an unprecedented makeover. The 1960s era grille that graced the front of the Petersen Museum when it first opened in 1994 is nowhere to be found. In its place is a stainless steel and Ferrari red work of art that conveys speed, style, freedom, and abandonment. The new Petersen Museum is arguably Los Angeles’ wildest architectural expression since Disney Hall.
GALLERY—The good people that bring you the Japanese Classic Car Show every year have pulled another rabbit out of the hat: The inaugural Street Neo-Classics. A show that showcases the class of cars from the 1980s and 1990s—the era when Japanese cars came into their own. The first Acura. The first Lexus. The first Infiniti. The 300ZX. The Miata. The Toyota AE86. Co-hosting the event and serving as its venue was the Toyota USA National Headquarters in Torrance, California. Robert Shoji was there to capture the event in stills and in motion.
AUTO SHOW—Through October 18, 2015, it’s the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC, the show organizers promise more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, over 100 vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, and alternative fuel vehicles galore.
LA CAR REPORT—As LA Car wrote about in Every Street Rod Tells A Story, seven friends got together on Father’s Day 1984 and formed a club centered on their common love of Street Rods. The club, Street Rods Forever, went on to found and operate the annual Monrovia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show, now celebrating its 25th event. Sean Spear reports.
GALLERY—20 years ago, it started as a fundraiser to build a soccer field. Since then, it’s become the world’s largest one-day automotive event. It’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, and it draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars. On Woodward Avenue, the dreams continue onward unbroken. The cars and spectators come from all corners of North America and beyond to take part in the cruise down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. This year, even John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, brought his 1971 Camaro. Our man in Michigan, Mark Dapoz, was there to freeze frame the event.