Petersen Automotive Museum

First off, I want to thank those of you who commented in my last post about what you wanted to see on the blog. It was so wonderful to get ideas from you, as well as receive support for the types of posts I already do. It’s your positive comments that really keep me going. I have many post ideas now and I can’t wait to start working on them. Also, keep the suggestions coming!

Now, to the subject at hand! Over the weekend Patrick and I went to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Some of you might remember that Patrick and I visited in spring last year, but only for the unveiling of the Back to the Future DeLorean, and were unable to explore the rest of the museum. So it was nice to return and see the amazing collection the museum has to offer.

I’ll kick off the post with what I wore, with photos and information about the museum after.

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“You built a time machine out of a DeLorean?”

I’m all about preservation. Especially when it comes to preserving movie history, which is often more fragile than one would think. When people make movies, the props, sets, and even costumes are not made to last, or even made well really. They are made well enough to be shot and often just tossed. And then some items are beloved enough to be saved, even if it isn’t very well. This is what happened with the “A” car or the “Hero” car of Doc Brown’s infamous DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future films.

First off, what does “A” or “Hero” mean with regards to movie props? Often there are more than one copy or version of props, and they are usually of varying quality. “A” means best, with lower qualities following the grading scale schools have, with “B” and “C” props being not as well done. “Hero” is another term used and means the same as “A”. “Hero” and “A” props are the ones used for close-ups and have the most detail.

The Back to the Future time machine sat on display at Universal Studios Hollywood for years. Eventually, John Murdy, the Creative Director at Universal felt like it was worth saving, and handed the task of restoring it to the beloved fans of Back to the Future, more specifically a team that had faithfully recreated Doc’s time machine with their own DeLoreans. Joe Walser was the head of the restoration, and his friend Steve Concotelli wanted in, and even though he had no technical skills to help in the actual restoration, he decided he would film it, and documented the process with his film, Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine, due out later this year.

But with a fully restored car, where should it go? Well earlier this week it found its forever home. No, not back on Universal’s backlot, but in a museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and Patrick and I were there for its unveiling!

Murdy, Walser, and Concotelli, along with Back to the Future writer Bob Gale, were there to unveil the car, as well as offer their insight on the film and the car in a panel (which you can view here).

It is always nice to be reminded that there are people out there who care so much about film and film history to go through such efforts. The restoration lasted over a year, and it was worth every second, the care is phenomenal, and I can’t wait until the film is released to watch how it happen!

Ciao Mi Amici, Luigi e Guido!

While we were in Palm Springs, Disney California Adventure welcomed a new attraction to Cars Land, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. And I recently finished a parasol that was very fitting for the attraction, so we visited the other day to take a spin and debut my new parasol.

Luigi and his close pal Guido are my favorite Cars characters, and my favorite moment in the film is when Lighting decides to race Doc on dirt, and Luigi and Guido arrived festively dressed for the occasion. Seriously, Guido’s Italian flag wig gets me every time. Drawing cars has never been a favorite of mine, and this one was on the more difficult side, (especially with the tiny Ferrari stallions), but I’m still pleased with how it came out.

The attraction replaced Luigi’s Flying Tires, a “redo” of sorts of Tomorrowland’s failed Flying Saucer attraction of the 1960s, think bumper boats but with hovercrafts. When they announced Luigi’s Flying Tires during the development of Cars Land I knew history was going to repeat itself. The attraction was difficult to get the hang of, and often Guests lacked the time to really ace the experience. So, after just three and a half years, Luigi’s Flying Tires deflated, and in a little less than a year, Luigi returned, and brought along some of his cousins, so Guests now “dance” while seated in cars of Luigi’s cousins. I won’t lie, the attraction is fun, a odd mix of the Mad Tea Party and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, another Cars Land attraction, but with varying songs and dances. Each little car is different, and some even had suitcases on their luggage racks, and they feature adorable luggage decals with cleaver puns.

I wrapped up a few more parasols, and can’t wait to share them! I also still have an ever growing list of ones I want to make!

Outfit
Top: Which is actually a child’s shirt. Disneyland
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix

Girls with Cars

Now, normally I just go hunting for pictures of fabulously dressed women when rifling through old photos, but photos of cars stand out to me as well, for reasons described in Boys and Their Cars. So today, I bring you photos of girls with cars.

Other Vintage Photograph Posts
Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends

Boys and Their Cars

Here’s another peek into my vintage photograph collection… Growing up with a hot rodder for a dad, I have a very strong passion for old cars.  Heck, my dad could be a series of posts, or even a whole blog. But right now, we’ll leave him outta the spotlight.  The point is, one of the subject matters I’m drawn to in pawing through old photographs is cars. Especially people and their cars.  I have a variety of photographs of people and their cars, but today focuses on boys and their cars.

Do you look for anything specific when sifting through old photos?

Other Vintage Photograph Posts
Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends

Race Days

One weekend that I look forward to each summer is the weekend spend at Portland International Raceway for the Portland Historic Races with my dad.  As odd as it may sound, the days spent at the track are some of the most relaxing.  We’ve been going to the Historics for over ten years, and the latter half of those years have been spent in the S-curves of the track under the shade of an E-Z Up instead of in the grandstands.  There is something about the smell of grass, gasoline and sun, combined with the roar of engines that I find so incredibly relaxing.

At the Historics you can see a huge range of cars, from American classics parked in the Hot Rod Corral to obscure European models to extremely rare early race cars.  It’s a feast for the eyes and the ears.  While I’m all for going green by recycling, bicycling and not wasting electricity, I can’t get over electric cars and how utterly lame they sound.

For several years now we’ve watched the races next to the same group of people, who have a pair of adorable dogs.  One, Pugsley, enjoys my company each year, even if it’s just because I rub his belly.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Days with Dad

When Patrick goes on business trips, I often decide to just go to my dad’s for the time he’s away.  I love spending time with my dad since we share the same passions.  The last few days were spent shopping, pricing inventory for the shop in Coburg, working on the newly acquired Cadillac hearse, and car cruise.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!