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This President’s Day (February 18, 2019), the Petersen Automotive Museum will parade some of history’s most famous cars throughout the streets of Los Angeles, celebrating the city’s storied love affair with both the movies and the automobile.
The event is being thrown as part of the museum’s 25th anniversary celebration. “The Petersen would not be what it is today without the steadfast support of the Los Angeles community,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “For 25 years, we have strived as an organization to captivate the hearts of Angelenos, igniting within them a passion for the automobile. Because Hollywood is such an important aspect of our community, the parade will serve as a fun tribute to the industry on which Los Angeles was built upon.”
As an added bonus, museum visitors who buy a ticket from now until 6 p.m. Saturday, February 16 will automatically be entered to win a ride in a Petersen vehicle during the parade.
The tour kicks off at 10 a.m. in Playa Vista and will be led by President Eisenhower’s Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton, which was used many dignitaries including the Apollo 11 astronauts after their historic return to earth.
The route cruises by landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, providing multiple opportunities to photograph the cars in Insta-worthy locations.
There will be a 20-minute stop at Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, where Angelenos can get up close and personal with such star cars as a 1922 DuPont Model G Speedster, the VW Microbus from “Little Miss Sunshine,” an incredible 1951 Chrysler camera car owned by billionaire movie mogul Howard Hughes, Green Hornet’s 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty,” the 2002 Jaguar XKR from “Die Another Day,” and many others.
The cars will return to the Petersen around 1 p.m. for display on the third floor of the museum parking garage.
Publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen opened the museum in 1994. Over the years, it has grown into a important center of history that celebrates the culture, industry, and artistry of the automobile.
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