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April 10th, 2014 by Temple City Tribune
A small cadre of rock legends, critically acclaimed film directors,
famous actors, and world-renown race car drivers all have one thing in
common – a passionate relationship with the automobile. The Petersen
Automotive Museum has invited twelve of the world’s most well-known car
collectors, drivers and designers to each choose what they consider the
best two-seat, fixed-roof high performance car of all time for The
World’s Greatest Sports Coupes, a new exhibit opening on April 10.
With impeccable performance and designs from America, Italy, Great
Britain, Germany and Japan, the list of chosen sports coupes will be
revealed at the gallery opening event, Wednesday, April 9.
“With a location at the hub of car culture in Southern California and
with partnerships from major automotive brands, the Petersen offers
opportunities to bring together unique automotive collections and
delivers a meeting place for aficionados from around the world,” said
Petersen Executive Director, Terry Karges. “Our goal is to present an
exciting exhibit unlike anything ever done in an automotive museum, and
it was a natural fit to work with Jaguar after our successful
collaboration at the Los Angeles Auto Show featuring the Steve McQueen
XKSS and the new Jaguar F-TYPE. The finest sports coupes on earth may
have been built in Maranello, Coventry and Stuttgart, but they were
purchased and driven here. This is an exhibit we expect to resonate
with the people of Los Angeles and of the world.”
With such an expansive history, narrowing the greatest sports coupes
ever down to twelve choices was no easy task. The exhibit will also
feature photography by Scott Williamson, which will highlight important
sports coupes that were not included by any of the celebrity curators
but deserve recognition. The exhibit will also include short videos
featuring each curator and their choice of vehicle.
“Every automotive enthusiast has their list of all-time favorite cars,
and for many that list is dominated by high performance sports coupes
like the Jaguar E-TYPE,” said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President, Jaguar.
“To mark the arrival of the all-new F-TYPE Coupe, we are very pleased
to help the Petersen present this expertly curated collection of coupes
answering the question, ‘what is the greatest sports coupe of all
timeA!X’ and we hope to challenge every enthusiast to answer the question
Guest curators include Patrick Dempsey, Francis Ford Coppola, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and others
Exhibit will highlight the greatest sports coupes of the past century, ranging from European legends to American muscle cars to modern Japanese supercars
Made possible by Jaguar in celebration of the launch of new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe
We want to know: what car do you think is the great sports coupe of all
timeA!X Tell us on our social channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
using hashtags #ThePetersen and #GreatestCoupes.
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax)
in Los Angeles, California 90036. Admission prices are $15 for general
admission adults, $10 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, $5 for
children ages 3 to 12. Museum members, active military with ID and
children under three are admitted free. Vault tours are available for
an additional $25, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30
minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $10 or more in the Museum
Store or Johnny Rockets located in the museum lobby. Museum hours are
Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum
information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at:
www.petersen.org. Remember to like us on Facebook, and follow us on
Twitter and Instagram.
Beacon Media was there and we’ll share with you next week, the results.