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Iconic Hollywood auto stars revving up for LA parade

LOS ANGELES, California – To celebrate Los Angeles’ love of both the automobile and Hollywood the Petersen Automotive Museum there is to host a President’s Day (Feb 18) festival that will feature iconic Hollywood cars.

The museum sees the parade as a “thank you” to the people of Los Angeles for their support over the previous 25 years.

The parade will pass several city landmarks – South Africans have probably seen them on movies – Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Walk of Fame – with a 20-minute stop at Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, near the beach.

CHRYSLER IMPERIAL PARADE PHAETON: Now THAT’s really going topless!  The car used by various US presedents as well as the Apollo 11 astronauts. Image: Petersen Museum

The cars will return to the Petersen at around 1pm for display, among them:

  • The 1951 Chrysler Camera Car (pictured above) owned by billionaire movie mogul Howard Hughes.
  • The VW Type 2 Microbus from the 2006 American comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine.
  • The 1998 VW New Beetle convertible from the second instalment of the Austin Powers franchise The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • The 2002 Jaguar XK-R stunt car used as the anti-hero’s car in the 2002 James Bond Die Another Day.
  • The Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton (pictured above) which belonged to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • The Honda S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Museum director Terry Karges told The Corner in a media release: “The Petersen would not be what it is today without the steadfast support of the Los Angeles community. For 25 years we have captured Angelenos’ hearts, igniting within them a passion for the automobile.

”The parade will serve as a fun tribute to the industry upon which Los Angeles was built.”

READ MORE about the Petersen Automotive Museum here.

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