The Jones’ Always Beat the Odds

Growing up Mr. Parnelli Jones was into horses but when he turned 16 he sold his horse and bought a hotrod. After that, he was unstoppable. It was a 1923 Ford T-bucket, the same kind of car that he’d seen Troy Ruttman racing at Carrell Speedway. He still remembers Ruttman started at the back and fighting his way to the… »10/23/15 2:51pm10/23/15 2:51pm

Street Neo Classics Hit That Sweet Spot of Japanese Cars

Japanese cars started off as cheap-and-cheerful econoboxes. They were cute little low horsepower/high MPG compacts that took America by storm. Cut to the mid-80s and these “econoboxes” morphed into highly capable sports cars. By the end of the decade, they were able to go toe-to-toe with the world’s finest cars at… »10/19/15 9:00pm10/19/15 9:00pm

Shah Bugatti Wins 'French Cup' at Pebble

Every year 200 of the most coveted collector cars in the world embark onto the eighteenth hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is home to one of, if not, the most competitive events in the automotive world. After a year long restoration, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s 1939 Bugatti… »8/17/15 1:00am8/17/15 1:00am

Tanner Foust & Vaughn Gitten Jr. Kill Every Tire at Auto Enthusiast Day

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s CarStories Podcast traveled to Angel’s Stadium for Nitto Tire’s 3rd annual Auto Enthusiast Day. Over 1000 show cars and 5000 fans showed up to watch Formula Drift champions, Ulta4 drivers and stunt bike riders kill as many tires as humanly possible. We caught up with Vaughn Gittin Jr.,… »8/03/15 5:12pm8/03/15 5:12pm

An Iron Block From The Soviet Bloc

This imposing four-door convertible was the official parade car of Nikita Khrushchev during the final years of his regime. Premier of the USSR from 1958 through 1964, Khrushchev had two of these cars built to order, one of which he gave as to the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel in space. Upon… »7/29/15 3:42pm7/29/15 3:42pm

This Guy is Driving to the South Pole in a Hybrid. Spoiler Alert: It Isn’t a Prius.

Nick Baggarly is Zero South’s expedition leader and creative mastermind. He’s driven around the world multiple times, and has a new project in which he’ll be taking some incredible, fully custom-built, alt-fuel Hummer H1s to the South Pole to raise awareness for the need to clean up global car fleets »7/23/15 2:54pm7/23/15 2:54pm

We Have This Man To Thank For Alex Roy's Transcontinental Record

Alexander Roy would have piloted his BMW M5 coast-to-coast in a Guinness World Record time of 31 hours, 4 minutes… if Guinness World Book officials recognized such dangerous and illegal record attempts. Roy joined A.J. on the Petersen Automotive Museum’s weekly CarStories Podcast to talk about the years of preparation… »7/15/15 5:45pm7/15/15 5:45pm

The Petersen Brings a Little (miss) Sunshine To The Petrolicious Rally

At 30, I still like to consider myself a relatively young man. As such, it pretty much takes an act of Congress to get me out of bed before 8am on a Saturday. Well, an act of Congress or the promise of some of Southern California’s finest vintage automobiles and 100+ miles of canyon driving through some of Malibu’s… »6/29/15 8:56am6/29/15 8:56am

Don't Laugh, This Mustang II Saved The Pony Car

By 1973, the once-lean Mustang had become bulky and heavy, gaining a foot in length and nearly 700 pounds in weight. Responding to the disappointment of then-current Mustang owners and the general consumer demand for smaller vehicles, Ford’s second generation Mustang was designed from scratch to be smaller and more… »6/26/15 5:45pm6/26/15 5:45pm

Japanese Cars Cruise Into The Petersen Museum

Japanese cars filled almost every floor of Petersen Automotive Museum’s parking structure this past weekend. Over 500 import loving car fans showed up to check out the diverse group line-up of vehicles. You couldn’t turn a corner without seeing a vintage Datsun, right-hand-drive import or a fully built tuner car. »5/18/15 7:49pm5/18/15 7:49pm

Can a $600,000 Lamborghini REALLY be a SMART Investment?

What did you do the last time you had a bad experience with a company? Did you fill out a comment card? Maybe you left a bad Yelp review? Maybe you went and started a rival company out of spite? Well, probably not that last one, unless your name happens to be Ferruccio Lamborghini. The Automobili Lamborghin origin… »5/13/15 1:39pm5/13/15 1:39pm