I’ve lived in the greater LA area for over 20 years and for some inexcusable reason, I’ve never made it through the doors of the Petersen Automobile Museum. Being an avid car lover and of course a motorcycle nutcase, I jumped at the chance to attend the media day before the newly renovated museum reopens December 7th. The Petersen has been closed 14 months and undergone $90 million in dramatic changes. It now features an additional floor and 12,000 square feet of gallery space. There are multiple galleries that feature displays of 100 automobiles, 23 motorcycles, four scooters and one bobsled. Yes, a bobsled. Whether you love it or hate it, the exterior design is not something easily missed!
The second floor is home to a gallery of motorcycles, representing the best of every decade, like a 1903 Thor Camelback, a 1922 Brough Superior, an L.A. built 1936 Crocker V-Twin, and even a supercharged, 300-horsepower Kawasaki Ninja H2R. The museum’s goal was to showcase a significant bike from every decade in motorcycling’s 100-year history. For more info check out the Petersen Automobile Museum.
- The exterior of the Petersen Museum is not something easily missed.
- The goal of the motorcycle exhibit was to have a representation from every decade.
- More motorcycles on display at the Petersen Museum.
- The 2003 Dodge Tomahawk is powered by a 500-horsepower Dodge Viper V-10 engine. Estimated 500 horsepower and price when new, $555,000.