Member Spotlight: Jean-Baptiste (J.B.) Hakim

I visited the museum and fell in love. It gives me tears of joy how beautiful this museum is. Cars and their history need to be recorded not only because of their significance in our everyday lives. But because cars are the physical evidence of what we can and have achieved when Art & Technology harmoniously amalgamate.

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Strange Tales of the Tropfenwagen

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? No, it’s the 1921 Rumpler Tropfenwagen. With its singular headlight, winged fins, and bizarre body, this car looked as if it belonged in another dimension, not on the sunny streets of Santa Monica, California, where Bob D’Olivo took these photographs of it in 1955.

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Shirley Muldowney: Woman, Mother, Driver, Champion

Shirley Muldowney, known as “Cha Cha” in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), is renowned for competing in a sport commonly dominated by the opposite sex. Muldowney originally “started drag racing in the late ‘50s after her husband taught her to drive,” became the first woman to be issued an NHRA license to drag race in 1965, then progressed through various drag racing levels.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 1967 Honda N600

It’s hard to imagine a time when Hondas didn’t dot American roads, but in 1966 there were no cars from the Japanese manufacturer built for the American market. They realized how important first impressions are, so they carefully crafted an image and engineered the perfect vehicle as a second car or as an affordable car.

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Exhibit Spotlight: 1964 Chevy Impala "Gypsy Rose"

The venerable lowrider Gypsy Rose checks all the boxes for automotive enthusiasts- it’s beautiful, historic, wonderfully unique, and now, legendary. In April 2017, Gypsy Rose was inducted into the Historic Vehicle Association’s National Historic Vehicle Register, an honor reserved only for the most iconic vehicles.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2015 McLaren P1

Since the beginning of motorsport history, innovations from British engineers, racers, and team managers have brought about paradigm shifts in how races are contested. A company that embodies the spirit of British ingenuity is McLaren, and the P1 is their crowning achievement.

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1957 Chevrolet "Black Widow"

You cannot buy a car today the way that you could during the height of the chrome era. In those heady, technology-conquers-all days, Chevrolet alone boasted three different series of passenger cars, all with jet-age styling and each with its own paint treatments and chrome trim to set it apart from the others.

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The First Ferrari Arrives To The Petersen

Arguably the most famous brand in history, a logo that needs no name, and can quicken the pulse of school children and the elderly alike, all started with a young man meeting an Italian Count flying a 180hp French biplane. The count was Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace of WWI.

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