Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Big Scooter exhibit at the Peterson Auto Museum!

Below are several Press Releases from the Peterson Automotive Museum, in Los Angeles, CA. There will be a year-long scooter exhibit that will highlight the history of scooters, showing different models throughout the last century. Many of these models have come from local scooter collections (including mine!).

There will also be a Scooters & Supercars Day at the Peterson, on July 9th. This will be a show of scooters and cars. To be a part of the show, you will be able to join one of three L.A. county rides going there that morning. Details for the rides, below the press releases from the Peterson

For Immediate Release: Contact: Chris Brown, cbrown@petersen.org, 323-964-6320

Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 3rd Level Petersen Parking Structure

In conjunction with its summer feature exhibitions “Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough” (3/5/11-10/16/11) and “Scooters” (6/18/11-2/5/12), the Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting "Scooters and Supercars Day." The highlight of Scooters and Supercars Day will be the public super car and scooter show. Only at the Petersen will you see vehicles by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Vespa, and Honda all proudly parked next to one another! Guest of Honor Steve Saleen will speak about his racing and manufacturing endeavors and technical how-to sessions with Griot’s Garage, The Official Car Care Product Provider of the Petersen Automotive Museum throughout the day will have you polishing your vehicle of choice like never before.

You can PRE-REGISTER your scooter for the show. Price will be $15 pre-registered, $20 the day of the show. To pre-register, go to this link, fill out the form, and either call, e-mail or fax your info to the Peterson (info on how to do that is at that link).

For the SHOW, please aim to arrive between 9-10 a.m. to ensure everyone is in place and the area is safe for pedestrians when the museum opens at 10 a.m. I am aware of some folks traveling long distances that morning, so just do your best to arrive as early as possible, we won’t turn anyone away.

Because the show area is open to pedestrians, we ask that you not move your vehicle once you arrive until the “official” end of the show at approximately 2:00pm. But the museum is open until 6pm, so feel free to stay all afternoon.

The show will be held on the THIRD LEVEL of the museum’s parking structure. The entrance to the parking structure is on Fairfax just south of Wilshire. If you are taking the 10 freeway here, exit Fairfax, go north for a couple miles (past Olympic/San Vicente) and the entrance will be on your right just north of the 8th St stoplight. Our address is 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Scooters: there is a 3 or 4 foot gap around the parking gate, if you feel like you can slip through, do so. If not, simply push the button on the parking machine and take a ticket. You will all receive an exit ticket if needed. Then proceed to the THIRD LEVEL of the parking structure.

Staff will direct you where to park. The third level is covered so the show will be in the cool(er) shade. Once you have parked your vehicle, proceed to the Petersen booth (bright red table cloth) to check-in and/or pay registration (if not pre-paid) and receive your admission wristband(s) and information kit for the day. With your admission wristband on you will be able to explore the museum car show and exhibits throughout the day! Johnny Rockets at the Petersen will be fully staffed for a quick and tasty lunch; you can even order to-go and bring it out to the show area. At 11:30, Steve Saleen will be speaking about his S7 supercar and racecars, winners of multiple Grand Am and Le Mans-series races in the early 2000s as well as his involvement in the Ford GT project. Be sure to catch his talk! The Auto Gallery will have a display of their vehicles as well and Griot’s Garage Car Care Products will be offering car and scooter detailing clinics for free all day.

This is a non-judged show, but you may choose to participate in the “People’s Choice” contest, a category for both scooters and cars. Just pick up an identification sign from the Petersen Booth. Car show participants and the general public can vote for “People’s Choice” at the Petersen booth until 1:30pm. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. The lucky winners in each category will receive a special Griot’s Garage detailing package from the Museum Store.

We will accept registrations day-of, but earlier is always better, no one like lines!


There will be three scooter rides leaving for the "Scooters and Supercars Day" on July 9th. Pre – registration is $15 per vehicle and includes free parking for the vehicle and admission for two to the museum and all it's exhibits. To pre-register, fill out the form at this link and send it in with your payment. There is contact info at that link if you prefer to give your payment details over the phone.

One ride will be leaving from Kai Sushi Sports Bar, in Torrance, at 9am. Kai Sushi Sports Bar is located at 24215 Crenshaw Boulevard (cross street Lomita Blvd), Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 325-7979. There is a ride that will be going to meet-up with this one in Torrance. That will leave from the CVS Drugstore parking lot in Lakewood at 8:15am. The CVS is located at the intersection of Del Amo and Paramount Blvds, in Lakewood.

Another ride will be leaving from the Trails Cafe, near Griffith Park, at 9am. The Trails Cafe is located at 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, California 90068, (323) 871-2102.

The third will be leaving from the Cock 'n' Bull Pub at 9:30am. The Cock 'n' Bull is at 2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 399-9696.



Scooters form around the world will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum

(LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2011) The Petersen Automotive Museum’s latest exhibition Scooters: Size Doesn’t Always Matter will take museum visitors through a fascinating chronological tour of motor scooter development beginning with the simple Autoped of the mid-1910s to the alternative power vehicles of today.

Over 90 vehicles will be on display in this colorful and quirky exhibit of miniscule motoring. The exhibition opens June 18, 2011, and runs through May 28, 2012.

Smaller, more affordable, and easier to maneuver than motorcycles, motor scooters offer an efficient and stylish means to run quick errands and travel short distances. Scooters will show how this genre of motor bike has evolved from simple tube frames with motors to the sophisticated, comfortable, aerodynamic vehicles of today. The exhibit will also illustrate how scooters have been adapted to business and industrial uses, how they have been utilized by the movie and television industry, and how Southern California was once a major scooter manufacturing hub.

Wild or tame, foreign or domestic, old or new, scooters continue to offer a viable and economical alternative to other more traditional vehicles in our motoring landscape and provide a desirable means for free spirited motorists to boldly express themselves without saying a word.

1958 Rumi Prototype: scooter and photo courtesy of Mario Artavia

1955 Allstate, sold by Sears, manufactured by Vespa

1962 Fuji Rabbit, Ferrari F-40, Ferrari F-50


The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $10 for general admission adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for active military and students with ID, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $2 per half hour with an $8 maximum for Museum visitors. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at: www.petersen.org.