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Car Museums and other car buff destinations in the LA, California Area

We’re all at some point we all depend on a set of wheels, attached to a motor, to get from point A to point B, so that we can get to our destination in a timely manner. It might be a bus, a Trolly, a motorcycle, a bike with a motor or the good ole’ fashion personal car. The fact that we just get in our car and take off without the thought of “what was it like then” is a reminder that most of us have forgotten where this all came from, who got us here, and where it all started.  If you’re a car enthusiast reflecting, on the past is something you tend to work into your travels. Listed are several museums in the LA area to think about visiting if you have not already. Take a gander at all the car designs, the engineering from its time, and the model’s paint and color that represent a classic, elegant, or branded meaning. We’re all known to reflect and take on some of the characteristics of our car. We are what we drive, or at least that’s what some say.

If you’re not in the mood for a casual museum tour and looking for more car and motor action, there are other places to visit including speedways, exotic car driving adventures, and kart racing and more. Wanting to say in the know about car shows? Click here.

Here are some of the Auto Museums

Peterson Automotive Museum

This museum is packed with anything from film and television cars to Motorsports Racing. It houses rare cars, motorcycles, and trucks built more than a century ago. It also has a nice alternative power area featuring steam, gasoline and electric cars from the 1900’s. It offers guided tours ranging from 75-120 minutes. If you’re bringing the family, take the kids to the Car-crazy kid’s area and let them loose! It’s a fun time for everyone and a learning experience along the way. For tickets and information please their website.

Automobile Driving Museum

Located in El Segundo, CA this museum’s mission is to preserve and collect historical vehicles while making it an adventure, as well as a learning experience. Take a look at some famous historical vehicles we all know and have heard about. Enjoy rides in these historic vehicles and go back in time. If you are looking for fun for the kids, as about scavenger hunts and the kid’s area where they can play dress up and enjoy arts and crafts. For tickets and information please visit their website.

Wally Parks NHRA

If you are into dragsters, land speed vehicles, race cars, customs, hot rods and a changing array of one-of-a-kind vehicles that tell the story of American hot rodding, this is where you should visit. The museum holds several events for those car enthusiasts who are looking to go back in time and mingle with racing legends. Read and learn speed record stories and much more regarding the motorsports on American culture. To learn more, visit the website.

Macaroni Automotive Museum

This museum definitely has a wow factor and houses one of the largest Ferrari collections.  Located in the heart of Orange County, the Macaroni Automotive Museum was started by Dick Macaroni’s donating his car collection in 1994 which also founded the Foundation for Kids. The Marconi is a class 501(c)(3) nonprofit that donates a portion of net proceeds from hosted events to local children’s charities. For more information about this museum and tickets visit the website.

The Nethercutt Museum and Collection

This is two related attractions in Sylmar in the north San Fernando Valley full of over 130 antique, vintage, and classic cars. This is an experience of going back in time with not just cars, but the antiquities that would have accompanied them during that era. It gives you the full experience and visual effect of actually being in a room during that time period. Guided tours are available so please visit for times and tickets here.

Other Auto Museums and Family Auto Events

Studio Tours

These are very tourist driven museums because we all relate to Hollywood in some way or another. Visit the Universal Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros Studios to get a look at some of the most famous cars in movies! It’s pretty cool to see these cars in person instead on the screen. Some movie cars including Jurassic Park, the Dark Knight, Scooby Doo, and more! Plus, there is a lot more to do while you are there. It’s a great place to get away and make it a full day of play!

Irwindale Speedway

For starters, tickets are a good place look and to see what Irwindale speedway auto events are going on because that is what this place is all about! For an action-packed night full of adrenaline and loud racecar motors, this is the place to go. For more information on all the speedway has to offer visit the website.

Kart Racing

Adults and kids both love to get in a kart and see who has the skills! If you and friends or family feel the need for speed, LA has several kart racing tracks you can choose from including: K-1 Speed, Speed Zone Las Angeles, Go kart Word, MB2 Raceway Sylmare, and Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting. Visit this website to get all the information on these family/friend fun kart racing experiences.

Exotic and Stock Car Driving Experiences

Adrenaline is just a phone call away! Book your sports car racing experience with Dragster Driving Opportunities in Fontana with a dragster, side by side Camaro, or an extreme drive experience. Exotic Car Autocross Experience in Los Angeles. Take the wheel and experience pure speed because we all have to do this at least once in a while to get it out of our systems. Drive an exotic car in a real racetrack!

You should be able to find something to fill that automotive craving you have in the Los Angeles, California and surrounding areas. Whether it’s a staycation, a vacation, or just a weekend get-a-way, LA is full of fun and exciting automotive related things to see and do.

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