Petersen Automotive Museum

Visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA March 2016

I was fortunate to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum during my visit to LA to test drive the new Ferrari California T.  My, what an enthralling exterior! I walked around the building twice before I went inside as I was so mesmerized by the exterior decor. Inside I stumbled across a supercar I have waited a long time to see, namely the mighty McLaren F1. Wow what a machine, I love the compact proportions.  So strange to see the small 17 inch wheels, minuscule compared to the 21 inch monsters on today’s supercars. It was worth the 22 year wait.

McLaren F1 image

In front of the McLaren F1 was another surprise, a Bugatti EB110. This car returned the Bugatti name to the road, sadly they only sold 139 examples before going bankrupt in 1995.  On the main level I saw a Bugatti Veyron Vitesse which has restored the Bugatti name and legacy.

Bugatti EB110

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse

A real treat was seeing the new prototype Ford GT, and the original Ford GT40 from 1966. The Ford GT40 humiliated Ferrari winning the 24 Hours of Lemans four years in a row from 1966 to 1969. The Ford GT is a carbon fiber sculptured twenty first century supercar. A unique feature of the GT are its round and hollowed out tail lamps. Heated air flows above the rear wheel to the GT’s tail then exits through the taillights, cool very cool. Less than 1000 are being built.

Ford GT image image

For the racing fan in me I got to see a Williams F1 car, and two of my favourite racing liveries, the resplendent Gulf Oil Porsche 917 Lemans winner and the Rothmans Porsche 962, mega.

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Rothmans Porsche 962

If you are a motoring enthusiast make the time to stop by and view the Petersen collection.

JsN