Scooter lovers, mark your calendars. The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, already one of our favorites, is opening a long overdue installation of one of our favorite modes of transportation.
"Scooters: Size Doesn’t Always Matter will take museum visitors through a fascinating chronological tour of motor scooter development beginning with the simple Autoped of the mid-1910s to the alternative power vehicles of today.
Over 90 vehicles will be on display in this colorful and quirky exhibit of miniscule motoring. The exhibition opens June 18, 2011, and runs through May 28, 2012.
Smaller, more affordable, and easier to maneuver than motorcycles, motor scooters offer an efficient and stylish means to run quick errands and travel short distances. Scooters will show how this genre of motor bike has evolved from simple tube frames with motors to the sophisticated, comfortable, aerodynamic vehicles of today. The exhibit will also illustrate how scooters have been adapted to business and industrial uses, how they have been utilized by the movie and television industry, and how Southern California was once a major scooter manufacturing hub.
Wild or tame, foreign or domestic, old or new, scooters continue to offer a viable and economical alternative to other more traditional vehicles in our motoring landscape and provide a desirable means for free spirited motorists to boldly express themselves without saying a word."
Scooters form around the world will be on display
CURATOR'S TOUR (We'll be attending this)Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gordon R. Howard Gallery
Join Petersen Museum Curator Leslie Kendall as he guides you through Scooters to explore the unique two-wheeled vehicles that have spawned cult-like followings in some countries and mobilized others. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP.
1958 Rumi Prototype photo courtesy of Mario Artavia
1955 Allstate, sold by Sears, manufactured by Vespa
1962 Fuji Rabbit