The best-looking cars are the ones with real substance as well as style. The #McLaren#P1 is a stunning piece of automotive design. Every surface has been designed to work, every part given the same aerodynamic consideration as if it was part of an aircraft or a #F1 car.
The bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ as tightly as possible over the mechanical hard points of the car and the cockpit sits right at the centre. This approach helps to reduce frontal surface area, but also makes it easier to manage airflow over the surface of the bodywork and into the engine’s roof snorkel intake and to the active aero components. It looks awesome, and it works very efficiently.
@sarapricemx is one of @thehoonigans who loves to burn fuel be it on two wheels where she won medals at the @xgames. 4 wheels where she has made cameos in movies for her skills behind the wheel, #UTV's where she crushes it in the dirt or now on Hill Climbs, where she tackles "street". @kylejhyatt and I were glad to get the chance to stop by the museum before her #baja1000 stint to tell us all about her need for speed, head over to the #CarStories site and download it! Link in our profile!
This 1998 Reynard 98i tells the story of one day Sunday, Nov. 1st, 1998. That day, at the Marlboro 500, racing legend Bobby Rahal lined up on the starting grid of a professional race for the final time. After two decades behind the wheel he would be moving on to full-time team management duties. Though he finished 11th, one would think he had crossed the line first based on the cheers and accolades given to him by the crowd and by fellow drivers. #CART#racing#legend
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Prince of Persia and future Shah of Iran, received this supercharged @Bugatti as a gift from the #French government for his first #wedding. The body was constructed by Vanvooren of #Paris in the style of Figoni et Falaschi.
In 1959 the Bugatti was sold out of the Shah’s Imperial Garage for a sum equivalent to approximately $275 US dollars!
Today, we honor those brave, honorable, selfless men and women who have honored our country with its highest form of service.
In 1952 Chrysler supplied custom-built Parade Phaetons to New York, Los Angeles and The White House for transporting dignitaries in parades and other special events. Chrysler built three of these grand Phaetons – two went, to the cities of New York and Los Angeles, and the remaining car – this car – was garaged in Detroit and “loaned” to the White House whenever President Dwight D. Eisenhower needed to use it.
From Presidents Nixon, Kennedy, Ford, and Eisenhower to astronauts from the Apollo missions – all could be seen riding in these parade phaetons.
Take a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the most unique cars in the collection that are not on display in the museum galleries. The Vault is home to cars representing over 100 years of automotive history, some of which have rarely been seen by the public. A docent will guide you through the Vault while sharing stories about a selection of the cars in our diverse collection.
This week in #CarStories@ryan_millen_ dropped by the museum to talk to us about the #rallyrav4 and being a rally Champion.
Kyle and James never to miss an opportunity even push for an invite to the #leadfoot festival.
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1979 Volkswagen Transporter
Driven by Greg Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine
This brightly painted #van is one of five identical vehicles used during the filming of Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy that followed the dysfunctional Hoover #family on a cross country trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Redondo Beach, #California.
During the three-day journey, the family had to overcome both emotional and mechanical break downs as they pulled together in order to get to their destination on time.
After filming, the bus was used for promotional events before being donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum.
1998 Gurney Eagle
Dan Gurney is one of the few people in motorsports to have been both a successful racing driver and racecar builder. As a driver, he was the first ever to capture wins in the four major motorsports categories; #GrandPrix, #IndyCar, #NASCAR, and Sports Car.
Bringing his driving experience to bear on racecar construction, he built a series of #Eagle racing cars beginning in 1964. A descendent of the earlier Eagles, this example was raced by Robby Gordon who drove it at Fontana at an average speed of 232.357 mph in 1999.
1992 ALUMA COUPE
Created by noted #hotrod designer Boyd Coddington, the revolutionary Aluma Coupe was one of the first modern hot rods to combine the look and feel of a 1950s custom with the engineering, comfort and refinement of a modern car. In stark contrast to even the most radical customs, the one-off body was built entirely from scratch as was virtually every chassis and suspension component.
Such painstaking fabrication work helped to insure that each part contributed to the integrity of the overall design. In another break with tradition, Coddington fit a stock #Mitsubishi engine, greatly enhancing its performance and drivability.