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Old 01-19-2009, 03:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo California

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Today I visited the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo (a city in Los Angeles next to LAX airport) :

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We invite you to see the spectacular restored antique, classic and special interest cars displayed at our El Segundo Museum. The 28,000 square foot facility puts you up close to more than 70 cars on display. Our collection of automobiles dates back to a 1904 2-cylinder Schacht that has been restored to its original factory condition.
Here are some of the cars I saw. I picked most of the cars based on the wheel skirts. But, it's the car at the end that I think you will be really impressed with.


















This is the big find, a Fageol SuperSonic :



Fageol Supersonic Home Page
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The fabulous Fageol 'SuperSonic' used many aircraft parts (the Fageol Company made P-80 Jet Fighter parts during WWII). Super-Streamlined, it had no doors - entry into the cockpit was by pop-out step plates. Just push a button and the fighter plane type, electro-hydraulically controlled roof rolled back - then step up and into the 2 passenger cockpit. Made of Duraluminum with Torsalastic Suspension (the wheels leaned into a curve motorcycle style), much of the awesome dreamcar was modeled after wartime fighter planes.
The SuperSonic in this museum has doors and "conventional" headlights. It caught fire many years ago, so the interior is gutted. Right now they're looking for a sponsor to restore it.

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We should so have a field trip
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We should so have a field trip
Oh yes, that would make for a great meet-up. They request a $5 donation.

There is also this museum, near the La Brea Tar Pits :

Petersen Automotive Museum

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ADMISSION PRICES
Adults $10.00 [me]
Seniors (62 and over) $5.00
Students with I.D. $5.00 [you]
Active Military with I.D. $5.00
Children (5-12 years) $3.00 [also me sometimes]
Children under 5 Free
Museum Members Free
It has a Red (ha ha) EV1 which I am guessing is on the floor (as opposed to being in storage).

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I live like 10 blocks away from the peterson automotive museum, I haven't been there in AGES! It was pretty interesting when I first went, but hasn't changed much (i guess) since I've been there, they charge a lot though, i think its 15 or 20 bucks a pop...
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You've got some nice pics there, thanks for sharing!


I'm gonna be searching online to see if there are any auto museums around here (mid TN/Nashville area) to go check out.


and.....I absolutely love that vehicle in the ad for Treasures of the Vault... cropped out the wording and now I have a new wallpaper...what kind of car is that anyhow?......ROUND DOORS FTW
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Another museum is in Las Vegas at the Emperors Palace. Lots of really cool cars: My fave was the '86 Ford RS200 a supercar even by todays standards.

As of last April they had an Alfa Romeo BAT5. Google it, they are extremely aerodynamic. It was a pretty advanced aerodynamic study they did back in the '60's. None were made with any significant production numbers.

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