The Petersen Automotive Museum was already a must-see for any car enthusiast visiting Los Angeles, and it’s about to get a little better should you also be a James Bond fan. Opening Sept. 25 in the museum’s appropriately named Grand Salon gallery will be the “Bond in Motion” exhibit of more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale models used during the creation of the 24 official James Bond films. The timing corresponds with the Oct. 8 release of “No Time to Die,” the upcoming 60th anniversary of the first Bond movie … and hey, the release of our “All 24 James Bond movies ranked only by their cars.”
Opening on July 24, “Pole Position: The Juan Gonzalez Formula 1 Collection”, includes F1 racers from the 1980s through to 2018.
Ten cars owned by Juan Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board of Mission Foods, will be accompanied by an immersive 180-degree video experience.
Taking pole position
Two of the cars on show at the Petersen Museum will have a link to the late Ayrton Senna.
The bright yellow Lotus 99T took the Brazilian driver to two victories in the 1987 season. This included the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
The 1994 Williams FW15D is one of the last Formula 1 cars driven by Senna before his tragic death.
Video: Lewis Hamilton takes
Depending on which era defined your teen years, your ideal supercars might have been the Porsche 928 from the movie Risky Business, the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (which Ferris says is “so choice”) or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. The Petersen Automotive Museum has dedicated a whole floor to the history of the supercar to re-fuel your dreams, and the new exhibit finally opens to the public on March 25.
It has been a year since the Petersen closed, and the staff has come up with an impressive number of virtual events and online insights that have attracted 22 billion viewers worldwide. Meanwhile, they’ve been preparing for the eventual opening with three new exhibits, one of which is “Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed” that takes over the entire third floor of the museum and showcases