Saturday, May 12, 2007

Day in LA

I had gotten an email about Bank of America's program "Museums On Us". For the month of May, if you have a Bank of America ATM or Visa, you can go to any of the museums on their list for free.
James and I wanted to take advantage of this, but we did not find any of the museums on their list appealing. We ended up going to the Petersen Automotive Museum, a museum not on their list but one that we've been wanting to go to for a while. There were the usual classic cars and customs.
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Some cars from a different time.
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And some fun ones...
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Then there was the Ferrari exhibit.
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This was the actual GTSi that Tom Selleck used in the Magnum P.I. show.
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James wishes...
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This Ford GT is nice. I wouldn't mind having one of these...
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The Otis Chandler Gallery displayed some very rare motorcycles and scooters. In his time, Otis Chandler was something of a thrill-seeker. When not performing his duties as publisher of the L.A. Times he went on safaris and raced cars and motorcycles.
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I was surprised to learn hat the museum have had an exhibit of the works Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. I remember putting models of the crazy cars and sculptures he created back "in the day". He was such an influence in the pop culture and the hot rod and motorcycle culture in the 60's and 70's that it was close to impossible not to have known of him in those days.
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Anything was fair game.
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Some of the things he envisioned are still being copied today.
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This was made using the original Mini Cooper platforms.
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The bubble canopies.
This hover craft was built using 2 motorcycle engines.
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1964 Road Agent
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This one never really worked right, the 1963 Mysterion (replica). Technology at the time didn't allow him to build a strong enough frame to handle 2 engines.
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I remember this car from the ZZ Top videos. The CadZZilla and HogZZilla.
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But one of my favorites is the Mach 5. Someone built a prototype. Too bad it didn't have the circular blades that come out from underneath.
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James and I were surprised to learn that there was yet a third floor. As it turned out it was kiddie land, where kids can play with some displays and an area for birthday parties and such. Though James did find something to play with...
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Drive down Wilshire
After the museum, we called Jim and Celia to see what they were up to and they told us that a friend, Jim Pascoe was going to be at a book signing for the book Los Angeles Noir, as one of the contributing authors at the Metropolis Books in downtown.
It was a nice day out so we decided to take a slow drive into downtown on Wilshire instead to the freeway.
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We stopped at MacArthur Park to look around.
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Metropolis Books
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Jim Pascoe, contributing author Los Angeles Noir, reading an excerpt from his short story. I bought my copy.
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