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”PETE TALK” AT THE PETERSEN
NHRA drag racer and B.R.A.K.E.S. founder Doug Herbert

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EVENT—The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is well known for its impressive collection of fabulous vehicles and automotive-related events. Now, the Petersen will host a number of interesting and informative speakers, as well. Inspired by “Ted Talks,” the Petersen has introduced the new “Pete Talk” series. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.

A BUG’S ART
The Art of Bugatti at the Petersen

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GALLERY— By it’s unique exterior appearance, one would probably never know that the Petersen Automotive Museum was once a classic multi-level Los Angeles department store. Now, instead of clothing, home goods and linens, each floor is filled with some of the most beautiful and desirable automobiles ever created. Some of them are perfectly restored daily drivers that you may have parked in your very own garage, while others are rolling works of art bearing some of the most revered names in the automotive world. Such is the case with the current exhibit at the Petersen, The Art of Bugatti.

GIANT ROBOT
Toyota’s biggest, baddest Land Cruiser

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AUTO REVIEW—Big seems to be the theme throughout the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s big on the outside, measuring in at 194.9 inches in length and 74 inches in height, and big on the inside with seating for eight people over three rows. It has a big 24.6-gallon fuel tank, which is probably a good idea for a vehicle that gets 13 miles per gallon around town. And finally, the Land Cruiser has a BIG price tag with an MSRP, as equipped, just shy of $84,000. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry finds out if bigger is better.

FLAIR AND BALANCED
The turbocharged Lexus RC 200t

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AUTO REVIEW—No, the title of this review isn’t a misprint. Our Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry is driving a car that is stylish and original while, at the same time, maintains a perfect balance between fairly impressive performance and very respectable fuel economy. Sleek, sporty and fun to drive, the turbocharged Lexus RC 200t puts a smile on Reed’s face on a weekend road trip to sunny Las Vegas.

RAGTOP DAY
22nd Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show

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AUTO SHOW—“Ragtop Day” is not just the name of a popular Jimmy Buffett song, it also seems to appropriately describe the 22nd Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show in Los Angeles. Held the first Saturday in June each year, this year’s theme is “The Sky Is The Limit: A Tribute To American Convertibles.” Reed Berry reports.

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