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California Automobile Museum & Photos

by Darcie Gore

One advantage of being a recent transplant is discovering the local attractions.    Such was the case last week when we went to the California Automobile Museum with our children, Laura and Jeff.

Located at 2200 Front Street in  Sacramento in a huge warehouse.  The size was deceiving from the outside and inside was Disneyland-ish.  Warning: If you go in the winter bring a warm coat, as the warehouse is not heated.

Automobiles ranged from horseless carriages and model T’s through each decade including beautiful low rider cars with dazzling paint jobs and hydraulics.   There was an Indy car driven by Andaati and a number of hydrogen and electric vehicles (Laura and Jim’s favorites).   There was even one of  only two remaining EV1 cars (not sure how they avoided being crushed when the others were destroyed).

If you like celebrity memorabilia, see one of Governor Brown’s famous blue Plymouths, (there were actually multiple cars located in different cities).  This one was pulled out for the recent campaign press photo shoots.

The motorcycle driven by “Ponce” in the “ChiPs” TV serie was there.    Speaking of CHP, displayed was a beautiful memorial chopper built by friends to honor a fallen officer.  Check out the Badge star for a wheel.

This Indy car was driven by Andretti; there was a Mustang owned by Ricky Nelson and a couple of others owned by the rich or famous.

RV’ers will be intrigued by the motorhome built by an aerospace engineer and used for over 100,000 miles.

Ferrari of San Francisco is sponsoring the current main exhibit.  An artist spent weeks painting murals of Italian scenes for the backdrop to the exotic cars.

There were a few bicycles powered by interesting motors, and two vehicles that you (or your grandkids) could climb in for photo opportunities.    One of my favorite non-auto was a radio flyer wagon for rich kids with the selling point of “safe for any little boy or girl, easy to operate up to  20 miles per hour.”

Of course I also liked looking at a model similar to my first car (1949 Desoto), the muscle cars, and the other exhibits.     Jeff’s favorite was the Jaguar XKE – (a car my dad lusted after his entire life).

The California Automobile Museum gladly accepts donations of cars.   Classic or unique cars are displayed and ‘regular’ cars are sold to support the museum.

Okay enough of this talk here are some more pictures:

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