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What’s Up at the Petersen Museum?


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Work continues on the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles with the opening Gala Scheduled for December 5th.

On a recent visit, I toured the new lobby, which will have a Wilshire Blvd entrance (which was lacking before) as well as access for vehicle on the fourth floor, which wasn’t available before.  Bruce Meyer, who lead my walk through, mentioned that there will be much more space than before and will start at the top of the building and wind down.

Bruce Meyer Tour


The main lobby will include a new restaurant on the corner as well as a Mullin’s space as well as a Bruce Meyer space on one of the upper floors.  The museum will also benefit from a new Metro station next door due in a few years.   Bruce said, “the outside will have LED light that will make the whole building glow at night”.

Can’t wait for new opening in December.


Bruce Meyer “Not so Funny” moment….

With Friends Like This…Who Needs…Other Friends?

 From Vintage Motorsports Letter:


Salinas, CA — Last Thursday January 9th was going swimmingly for car collector Bruce Meyer, who was spending the day at a private track event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Surrounded by many of his friends, he was suited up in his black drivers uniform, helmet in hand, ready to track-drive his 1979 Porsche 935K3 for the first time.

It’s not just any Porsche 935 K3 mind you, but perhaps the most valuable in the world, because chassis 009 00015 won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979 with drivers Klaus Ludwig, and the brothers Don and Bill Whittington. As if that win wasn’t enough, 00015 also finished 1st in the ’79  Watkins Glen 6 Hours and 3rd at Sebring in 1980.

However, when its competitive days were over, the Whittington boys gave the car to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, where it sat for nearly three decades. Along the way the Whittingtons found themselves on the wrong side of the law regarding drug-running, and each spent time in the crossbar hotel. Once out, the brothers realized that their old 935 might just be worth seven figures and wanted it back, but the Indiana state courts ruled they had donated the car.

Meyer meanwhile, made a deal with the Foundation to become the rightful owner of the 935 in exchange for his 1952 Indy “500” winning Agajanian Special, then sent it to Bruce Canepa’s shop for a thorough restoration. Since finished, the 935 has appeared on the cover of Vintage Motorsport and won its class at Pebble Beach and the Amelia Island Concours.

Then comes track day at Laguna Seca, where Meyer finally gets inside the 935 to feel what 750hp is like in this monster 911. Yet just about the time he’s wiping the sweat off his brow, three DEA agents approached him in the race paddock asking if he was Bruce Meyer, the agents showing up in a black Suburban with government plates, a roll-back car hauler and a dark gray Dodge sedan. They were armed and badged, and very menacing looking, handing Bruce a U.S. District Court Search and Seizure Warrant for the aforementioned Porsche, “as proceeds and/or profits of an on-going criminal enterprise.”

What made this all the more believable to Meyer was the fact that the Whittingtons had been in the news lately about the government seizing and confiscating their assets due to a new investigation. As a crowd gathered in the paddock, with the help of Bruce Canepa’s crew the car was carefully loaded onto the car hauler and Meyer’s thoughts concerned what might happen to the car in a Fresno impound yard (where they were taking it) and how long it might take to get the car back. Considering what was happening, Meyer handled the situation very well, although he was churning inside.

The car hauler fired up and drove away with the immaculate Porsche perched on top, DEA agents following in their vehicles. Meyer was left holding the paperwork and thoughts of what to do now.

Fast forward about 15 minutes, and here comes the car hauler and DEA agents back to the paddock, Meyer making a last attempt to talk them into leaving the car.

And that’s when Bruce Canepa let it be known that the whole thing was a carefully orchestrated practical joke, and also in on it were Meyer’s pals Charlie Nearburg, Chip Conner and Al Arciero. The DEA agents were actors who flew in from Hollywood, and the entire episode was actually rehearsed beforehand.

Though initially very upsetting for Meyer, in the end it’s a day he will always remember. However, for the perpetrators, we’d be looking over our shoulders from now on… .  – D. Randy Riggs

Inspired Design – Art Center Weekend Part 1






Many of the leading collectors turn up for this congregation at the Pasadena Art Center to celebrate automotive designs at the fabled campus. It isn’t the quantity that counts at this event, but the quality.  On display has to be one of the most diverse collection of all types of cars from many eras.  From GM and Acura were design concepts, from Peter Mullins was a 1923 Avions Voisin Type C6 replica, a pristine Sting Ray Corvette, Ferrari Enzo to Bobby Unser’s Eagle Indy racer.  Spotted in the crowd were Peter Brock remembering his day’s at GM design, Aaron Weiss with his Marmon and finned Cadillacs,  as well as Sam Mann  and of course, Bruce Meyers with his lightweight 1963 Jaguar racing E type.

It is always interesting to walk through some of the class space as well to see what creative direction things are being taken by the next generation.  Students appear to come from around the world to work at this impressive environment in a variety of disciplines.

With the heavy clouds and possibility of rain, the event still carried on to a resounding success.

Dana Point – In Depth: Bruce Canepa

Had a few minutes with driver, restoration expert, entrrepreneur and owner of Canepa Design in Scott’s Valley at an event here in Dana Point.  Bruce had brought along his Le Mans winning Porsche  as well as a recently completed restoration for of another LeMans win Porsche for Bruce Meyer’s stable.

Both cars were impeccible as you can expect from Bruce and he pointed out that the restore for Bruce’s car was completed in an incredible 90 days.  I first saw the completed 935 on Rodeo Drive for the Father’s Day show, and Bruce told me that they had just finished the car days before.

The picture here is of the car at Dana Point.   Bruce is now off to Goodwood, where he will be driving the Toyota Pikes Peak car up the driveway/ hill climb there.  I think when I grow up, I want to be Bruce (either one!)