The Petersen Automotive Museum February Through July 2011

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS AT A GLANCE (see below for more detailed information)

February 1: Curator's Tour – NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder
February 5: Discovery Day: Car Calendars
February 22: Panel Discussion- Pioneers of Southern California Drag Racing
March 5: NEW EXHIBIT- Supercars: When Too Much is Almost Enough
March 5: Discovery Day- "Auto-mobiles"
March 22: Panel Discussion- Safety at 300 M.P.H.
April 2: Discovery Day: Finger Puppets
April 5: Curator's Tour: Supercars: When Too Much is Almost Enough
April 16: SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A Annual Check-Up at the Petersen
May 7: Discovery Day: Car Greeting Cards
June 18: NEW EXHIBIT- Scooters
June 28: Curator's Tour: Scooters
July 9: Scooters and Supercars Day

Through Feb 13: Margie and Robert E. Petersen: Driven to Collect
Through May 29: NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder

** NEW EXHIBITS**

SUPERCARS: WHEN TOO MUCH IS ALMOST ENOUGH
Opens Saturday, March 5, 2011
Grand Salon

Supercars have existed since the first decade of the twentieth century and while their mechanical and design specifications have evolved from era to era, they have always had in common immensely powerful engines, minimal passenger carrying capacity, adventurous mechanical specifications, and a commanding presence. Like supermarkets, supermodels, and supercomputers, supercars represent an extreme. More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means to express oneself.

SCOOTERS
Opens Saturday, June 18, 2011
Gordon R. Howard Gallery

With today's high fuel prices, growing traffic congestion, and environmental consciousness, people are looking for easier, cheaper and cleaner ways to get where they are going. The diminutive scooter has been popular for generations in other countries, yet until recently has remained but a footnote in American transportation culture. This exhibit will explore different types of scooters from around the world, how and why they differ, and the culture that surrounds them.

NEW EVENTS

DISCOVERY DAY
Car Activities & L.A. BookPALS
First Saturday of every month, 1-4pm**

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for arts and crafts, and at 2:30pm, actors from L.A. BookPALS read stories. The program is included in Museum general admission. Call 323-964-6308 for more information. Future topics include:
**February 5, 2011, Car Calendars

Welcome the New Year by making your own unique car calendar!
March 5, 2011, Auto-Mobiles
Use straws, string and paper to create a unique mobile you can hang anywhere!
April 2, 2011, Finger Puppets
Create one-of-a-kind puppets for entertainment on the road!
May 7, 2011, Car Greeting Cards
Make Mom a lovely greeting card for Mother's Day!

**CURATOR'S TOUR – NHRA: SIXTY YEARS OF THUNDER
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery**

Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall and guest-researcher Tony Thacker, Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, as they guide you through NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder to explore the history of the vehicles and individuals that have made the NHRA the world-class automotive association it is today. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org, or go to www.petersen.org for more information.

**PANEL DISCUSSION- PIONEERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DRAG RACING
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7:30 p.m. Racing Corridor**

Spend an evening at the Petersen Automotive Museum hearing the first-hand accounts of the early decades of the NHRA's 60-year history from the legends of Southern California drag racing.

**Special Guests: **
• "TV" Tommy Ivo, famed showman known for his Hollywood acting career, multi-engine dragsters, and glass-sided car haulers.
• Bob Muravez, drove the famous "Freight Train" twin-engine gas dragster to many wins under both his true name and the now-legendary "Floyd J. Lippencotte, Jr." alias.
• Panel moderator Jack Beckman, NHRA National Champion, currently drives the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing. 9 career Funny Car wins and Funny Car speed record holder at 333.66 mph (on quarter-mile). Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org, or go to www.petersen.org for more information or to RSVP.

PANEL DISCUSSION- SAFETY AT 300 M.P.H.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
7:30 p.m. Racing Corridor

The NHRA was founded to provide a safe and controlled environment in which hot rod enthusiasts could compete. After sixty years of sanctioned racing, cars now regularly reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour in less than a quarter-mile. To operate at those extreme levels, track preparation and safety technology must be the highest priority for any racer and track manager. Panelist Steve Gibbs has been involved in drag racings since the 1960s, has managed race tracks and numerous drag racing events, and was the NHRA Director of Competition until the late 1990s when he became Vice President of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Steve will share his decades of experience in track set up, racing regulations, and what it takes to keep competition safe at such extreme speeds. Joining Steve on the panel will be front-line safety workers from the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Current Funny Car driver for Don Schumacher Racing Jack Beckman will moderate the discussion and share his 300 m.p.h. experiences behind the wheel of a top-level drag racer.Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org for more information or to RSVP.

CURATOR'S TOUR – SUPERCARS: WHEN TOO MUCH IS ALMOST ENOUGH
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:30 p.m. Grand Salon

Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall as he guides you through Supercars: When Too Much is Almost Enough to explore the fastest-moving genre in the automotive world. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org for more information or to RSVP.

**SAFETY BELT SAFE U.S.A ANNUAL CHECK-UP AT THE PETERSEN
Saturday, April 16, 2011
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Petersen Parking Structure
** SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., the national non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety, partners with the Petersen Automotive Museum to present the annual Safety Seat Checkup Day. Check your vehicle for proper use of child safety seats and get a current, comprehensive recall list in the family resource packets. Reservations required. Call 323-964-6308 for more information or to reserve your time today.

CURATOR'S TOUR – SCOOTERS
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery

Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall as he guides you through Scooters to explore the unique two-wheeled vehicles that have spawned cult-like followings in some countries and mobilized others. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org for more information or to RSVP.

SCOOTERS AND SUPERCARS DAY
Saturday, July 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 3rd Level Petersen Parking Structure

In conjunction with its summer feature exhibitions "Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough" (3/5/11-10/16/11) and "Scooters" (6/18/11-2/5/12), the Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting Scooters and Supercars Day. The highlight of Scooters and Supercars Day will be the public super car and scooter show. Only at the Petersen will you see vehicles by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Vespa, and Honda all proudly parked next to one another! Guest of Honor Steve Saleen will speak about his racing and manufacturing endeavors and technical how-to sessions with Griot's Garage car care products throughout the day will have you polishing your vehicle of choice like never before.

Car show pre-registration is only $15 per vehicle ($10 for Petersen members), a great weekend activity for your car or scooter club! Registration provides free admission for two (2) to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Saturday, July 9, 2011, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All programs are open to museum visitors with paid admission on July 9. For more information or to register your car or scooter contact Clayton at 323-964-6347 or cdrescher@petersen.org. For information on vendor spaces, contact Chris at 323-964-6320 or cbrown@petersen.org.

**ONGOING EXHIBITIONS **

**MARGIE AND ROBERT E. PETERSEN: DRIVEN TO COLLECT
Through February 13, 2011
Grand Salon**

During his lifetime, Robert E. Petersen, together with his wife Margie, acquired dozens of important automobiles. Today the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection contains one of the most diverse samplings of important vehicles ever assembled. Each one offers a look into our rich motoring heritage and if they appear familiar, it is because you have likely seen them on television, in movies, or in displays at other museums and events around the world.

**NHRA: SIXTY YEARS OF THUNDER
Through May 29, 2011
Gordon R. Howard Gallery**

Explore the colorful and exciting history of one of America's most popular motorsports. From the wild Gassers and Altereds, to nitro-burning top fuel dragsters and fabulous funny cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum will be filled with enough horsepower to change the Earth's rotation!

**IMAGINING THE FUTURE:
The Southern California Automotive Design Studio,
Presented in Cooperation with Art Center College of Design
Ongoing Exhibit **
Visitors will see a comparison of a 1930's studio with a modern-day studio with various examples of the creative process in 2-D and 3-D form from different points in California's rich automotive history. Design demonstrations by Art Center students will occur in the exhibit on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from approximately 10am-3pm.

**HOT WHEELS® HALL OF FAME**
The Hot Wheels Hall of Fame at the Petersen Automotive Museum, features Hot Wheels® full-size and die-cast cars, original models, wooden patterns, injection molds and drawings of original vehicle designs.

**ALTERNATIVE POWER: LESSONS FROM THE PAST, INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE**
From the highly styled 1963 Chrysler Turbine to the General Motors EV1, automobiles equipped with innovative propulsion systems are presented to illustrate the growth of alternative vehicle technology.

**MAY FAMILY DISCOVERY CENTER**
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm The May Family Discovery Center is an interactive learning center that teaches basic scientific principles using the fundamental elements of the car.

**SPECIAL FEATURES AT THE PETERSEN **

**SPECIAL EVENTS AND FILMING** – Please call (323) 964-6348 or visit to host your event or shoot film at one of LA's most exciting venues!

**BIRTHDAY PARTIES** - The Museum offers a wonderful venue for children's birthday parties. Party guests can enjoy all three floors of the museum including the May Family Discovery Center. For more information or to book your party, call 323-964-6373.

**SCHOOL TOURS**- Taking a field trip to the Pete is an excellent way to teach your students about the history of Los Angeles and its intertwined relationship with the automobile. Students learn basic scientific principles and their applications as they explore hands-on activities in the Discovery Center. School Tours focus on history/social science, visual arts, and science & technology. Call (323) 964-6358 for information and reservations.

**GROUP TOURS** – A docent-led tour is available to groups of ten or more. - (323) 964-6346.

**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES** - Come and be a part of the Petersen's "Pit Crew". For an application or more information call - (323) 964-6358, email volunteers@petersen.org, or visit www.petersen.org.

**MUSEUM STORE** – Excellent souvenirs and gifts for auto enthusiasts (323) 964-6328.