Robert E. Petersen Wins the 2011 Justice Brothers- Shav Glick Award

Duarte, CA: Robert Einar Petersen has been selected as the 2011 winner of the coveted Justice Brothers-Shav Glick award. Known as "Pete" to his friends and employees, Petersen was born in Los Angeles in 1926, and was primarily raised by his father who was a mechanic. It was during this formative time he acquired his fascination with things automotive. He served his country in the Air Corps during the latter years of World War II.

The post war boom in auto racing and car sales was not wasted on the entrepreneurial young man. Seeing a need for a publication covering racing and street performance, “Pete” launched Hot Rod magazine in 1948. He would attend car shows and racing events around California, selling issues and subscriptions out of the trunk of his car. Eventually he launched Motor Trend and several other specialty publications, laying the foundation for the one of the largest automotive publishing companies in the country. Publishing wasn’t his only interest. He was very active with the Boys and Girls Club of America, the LA Music Center, the Museum of Art and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His many social and financial contributions to the community were recognized, and he received several special awards from the LA County Board Of Supervisors and City Council.

As his publishing empire grew, Petersen was finally able to realize one of his dreams, an automotive museum to entertain and educate the public. In 1994, “Pete” and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The museum is not just a display of beautiful cars; rather, walking through it is to experience the history of the evolution of the American car. There is a floor dedicated to the Family Discovery Center, where young people can experience the science behind today’s automobiles. “Pete” had a profound sense for business as well as giving back to his community. He passed away in 2007 at age 80. Robert E. Petersen was nominated and selected by a judging panel, that includes national and California motorsports writers, to receive the 2011 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award. This prestigious award will be presented by Ed Justice, Jr., and accepted by Gregg Guenthard, Retail, Membership and Admissions Manager of the Petersen Museum, during the pre-race ceremonies at this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500, in Fontana, California.

About Justice Brothers, Inc.
Justice Brothers, Inc. is a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of over 100 car care products, fleet, farm, and industrial lubricants and cleaners. Since their beginnings in the additive industry, the Justice Brothers Corporation has been an innovator in the development of new and better products to solve problems in the automotive service industry. During their over 70 years in the automotive industry, Justice Brothers has built a large and loyal customer base that encompasses quick lubes, dealerships, and independent auto stores. For more information on any of the fine Justice Brothers car care products contact Justice Brothers, Inc., 2734 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010, 1-800-835-8784, or log on to www.justicebrothers.com.