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Petersen Automotive Museum’s New Exhibit featuring 10 Seminal Race Cars from Motorsports History

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On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum will open its newest exhibit featuring 10 groundbreaking race cars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory, from the collection of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer. Titled “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” the exhibit will include exceptional competitors including Le Mans winners, land speed record setters, dragsters and road racers.

1965 Bizzarrini Iso Grifo A3C

1965 Bizzarrini Iso Grifo A3C

Visitors of the display will find the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, the 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa, which claimed first prize in more than half of the 50 competitions in which it was raced; the first production 1962 Shelby Cobra, CSX2001; the 1962 Greer Black Prudhomme, which was raced by drag racing legend Don Prudhomme who won 237 of the 241 races in which he piloted the car; the renowned 1952 So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank Racer, which was fashioned from a P-38 Lightning fighter belly tank from World War II by hot rod racing icon Alex Xydias; the 1979 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 that took first place overall at Le Mans; and the 1929 Ford “747” Bonneville Racer that Meyer ran 204 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats.  Although the 1929 Ford wasn’t the initial qualifier, Meyer is a member of the legendary Bonneville 200 MPH Club.

1962 Shelby Cobra

1962 Shelby Cobra

The exhibit represents the first installment of the three-part “California Collecting” exhibit series, which will focus on three prominent collections belonging to the region’s most revered enthusiasts.

1962 Greer Black Prudhomme Top Fuel Dragster

1962 Greer Black Prudhomme Top Fuel Dragster

“Bruce Meyer is perhaps one of the most influential ‘car guys’ in the world, and there is no better collection than his to kick off our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “He epitomizes true automotive passion, sharing his knowledge, fervor and immense love for the motorsports hobby with the next generation of enthusiasts. ‘Winning Numbers’ reflects his discerning tastes as a collector, gathering only the most compelling examples of race cars from each genre of the sport.”

1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB

1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB

Affectionately known as the “car guy’s car guy,” Meyer is internationally recognized for his passion for all things automotive—specifically for his dedication to preserving hot rod history and historic motorsports—sharing his zeal with fellow enthusiasts and using his connections to promote the hobby. He was a close friend and neighbor of Petersen Publishing founder Robert E. Petersen when he and “Pete” hatched the idea for the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1992—officially opening its doors to the public in 1994. Twenty-five years later, Meyer remains one of the museum’s biggest supporters.

1960 Chevrolet Corvette C2

1960 Chevrolet Corvette C2

To purchase tickets to “Never Lift: The Bruce Meyer Collection Exhibition Opening,” please visit https://www.petersen.org/events/2019/2/7/never-lift-the-bruce-meyer-collection-exhibition-opening.  For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum exhibits, visit www.Petersen.org.

1957 Ferrari 625 250 Testarossa

1957 Ferrari 625 250 Testarossa

1952 SoCal Speed Shop Special Belly Tank Racer

1952 SoCal Speed Shop Special Belly Tank Racer

1934 Ford Pierson Brothers Coupe

1934 Ford Pierson Brothers Coupe

1929 Ford 747 Boneville Racer

1929 Ford 747 Boneville Racer

979 Porsche 935 K3

979 Porsche 935 K3

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Alicia Rennoll

Alicia Rennoll is a former health professional who took to freelance writing after starting a family. She writes on a variety of topics, and loves the flexibility and work / life balance that freelancing brings.
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Alicia Rennoll is a former health professional who took to freelance writing after starting a family. She writes on a variety of topics, and loves the flexibility and work / life balance that freelancing brings.

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