Peterson Automotive Museum

The Peterson Automotive Museum has been in the news a great deal over the past month or so. The decision of the Board to sell off approximately one third of its collection along with a drastic remake of the exterior of the museum building has left many fans of the museum in shock. The Peterson is more than just a museum; it is a collection of memories and tributes and is uniquely Southern California car culture.

Every museum is slightly different from the others. What makes the Peterson unique in my mind is that it was created by one of the most significant auto enthusiasts in the hobby’s history. The Peterson’s publishing company has touched everyone of us as we were growing up and continues to do so today. A large portion of the Peterson’s estate went to funding the museum.

I hope the museum never loses its strong Southern California flavor but I also understand that it must bend with the times and changing demographics to remain relevant. I am a muscle car and sports car guy; that is what I really like and what I grew up with. However, I still love looking at and learning more about all cars as well as the role of Southern CA in the car hobby.

Here are a few examples of how the Peterson Museum currently displays some of their permanent inventory. The dioramas are some of my favorite parts of the Peterson.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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