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LA Classic Auto Show draws vehicles from SoCal museums


At least three Southern California car museums will participate in the second Los Angeles Classic Car Show, scheduled for March 2-4 at the LA Convention Center, where as many as 1,000 vintage vehicles are to be on display.

The Petersen Automotive Museum will exhibit a peek of “The Porsche Effect,” its major and current exhibition that celebrates the 70th anniversary and history of the German sports car maker.

The Mullin Automotive Museum will do a mini version of its major exhibition of Citroen vehicles.

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Citroens at the Mullin | Larry Edsall photo

The Automobile Driving Museum will present “Women ’n Wheels,” a special display of “female only classics,” as well as panel discussions featuring women who work in the classic car industry or in motorsports.

Also, the famed lowrider “Gypsy Rose,” which has been part of a major display at the Petersen, will be one of the cars in a special exhibit of “East Los Angeles” car culture at the show.

Also participating at the LA show is Autobooks Aerobooks with a full slate of book signings by authors on Saturday and Sunday.

Note to Midwestern car museums: You might get your turn at sharing parts of your collections later this year because the Classic Car Show organizers have announced a new event scheduled for September 8-9 in Chicago.

Shocking pink taxi joins Beaulieu exhibit

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A scene from the BBC’s ‘The League of Gentlemen’ | Beaulieu photo

The bright pink taxi seen on the BBC cult comedy The League of Gentlemen has joined the exhibit of television and film vehicles at the National Motor Museum, in Beaulieu, England.

According to the museum’s news release, the vehicle, a 2005 Citroen Dispatch, “is the transportation choice of cab driver Barbara Tattsyrup (nee Dixon), the owner of Bab’s Cabs in Royston Vasey… A favourite character with many viewers, transgender Barbara has only ever been seen in glimpses of her hands and legs as she drives.”

Special events this weekend

It’s the second and final “Hoods Up” weekend of the winter at the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island.

On February 28, the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Mount Desert Island Historical Society will host the “History Happy Hour: Two Truths & A Lie” presentations at the Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, Maine, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Conversations on Brock Yates” is the topic Saturday at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York, where the acclaimed automotive writer’s widow, Pamela Yates, and daughter, Stacy Bradley, will present “Looking at the World Through a Windshield.” The program begins at 1 p.m. Yates wrote 15 books, created the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, wrote the screenplays for “The Cannonball Run I” and “Smokey and the Bandit II,” and wrote for Car and Driver magazine for more than 40 years.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia stages one of its Demo Days displays Saturday. The theme is “The Great Rallys” with the museum’s 1950 Talbot Lago Grand Sport, 1954 Austin Healey 100/4, 1938 Jaguar SS 100 and 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupe all scheduled for exercising in the museum’s parking lot. A last-minute addition to that list is a 1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder, one of only 12 produced.

The museum also has announced that after the Demo Day runs, author John Nikas will lead a discussion of the post-war British automotive industry and its role in rebuilding the nation.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is closed from February 20-March 2 for maintenance work — for example, a mural and new lighting are being installed in the Train Room — but the museum is accepting through March 4 registrations for its one-day bus trip April 8 to the New York auto show. 

“Art, Architecture and the Automobile,” is the subject of a presentation by author David O. Lyon scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the Gilmore Car Museum’s winter lecture series in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

The “Drive the Blues Away” concert and gala is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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