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PODCAST: Road To Pebble Beach


The CarStories Podcast and Petersen Automotive Museum took their annual week-long road trip up the coast for the 2015 Monterey Car Week. While up there, the Petersen debuted upcoming exhibits, won the “French Cup” for its 1939 Bugatti Type 57C and interviewed many celebrities, race car drives, automotive executives… » 8/18/15 3:22pm 8/18/15 3:22pm

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 1:00am 8/17/15 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 5:12pm 8/03/15 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 3:42pm 7/29/15 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 2:54pm 7/23/15 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 5:45pm 7/15/15 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 8:56am 6/29/15 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 5:45pm 6/26/15 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 7:49pm 5/18/15 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 1:39pm 5/13/15 1:39pm

Jay Leno Donates Huge 'Perk' To The Petersen

Jay Leno, the world’s highest-profile “car guy,” included the Petersen Automotive Museum in his most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The show covered the museum’s rare 1948 Davis Divan and the quest to restore it via the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. To help reach The Petersen’s goal of raising $30,000, Jay… » 5/08/15 1:14pm 5/08/15 1:14pm

Petersen Porsche Wins Class At Greystone Mansion Concours

Exotic Ferraris to big block muscle cars and everything in-bewteen were on-sight at the 6th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance, this past weekend. The historic Beverly Hills mansion served as an elegant backdrop to over 130 of the world’s rarest and most sought after vehicles. » 5/04/15 7:50pm 5/04/15 7:50pm

Jay Leno Helps The Petersen Crowdfund Their Car Restoration

Jay Leno, the world’s highest-profile “car guy,” included the Petersen Automotive Museum in his most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Aired on April 26, the show covered a rare 1948 Davis Divan and The Petersen’s quest to restore it via the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. » 4/27/15 7:48am 4/27/15 7:48am

'Luftgekuhlt 2' Brings Out Who's Who of Porsche Owners

Sunday's forecast called for rain in Los Angeles, lending a bit of drama to the area's regularly-scheduled weekend car gatherings. Yet the group of Porsches that decided to brave the rain and assemble in Culver City yesterday was far from regular. Assembled by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long, “Luftgekuhlt” was a… » 3/02/15 10:51pm 3/02/15 10:51pm