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Old 10-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

I'm planning on taking the SMB to the LA area for the NHRA finals (Nov. 10th) and while there I would like to meet as many forum members as possible and take in several well know automobile museums.

Any SoCal members want to meet up for either the drags or any of the museums? Any SoCal members have suggestions for places to camp? For the drags and the NHRA Museum there is either the Fairplex KOA or Puddingstone Reservoir. For other museums it is possible to drive back and forth, but I'd rather stay closer to Tustin, El Segundo, LA, and Sylmar when I visit those museums.

Dates are open, but the NHRA Museum makes sense to visit on Thurs/Fri before the races.

The Marconi Museum in Tustin is the only one open on Monday, so that date is sorta fixed.

The rest are open.

There are two more museums in Oxnard that I might visit on my way out of town, if I have been burned out looking at cars.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Museums and hours:

Petersen Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
http://www.petersen.org/Tues - Sun | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Nethercutt Museum 15151 Bledsoe Street Sylmar, CA 91342
http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/ Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Auto Driving Museum 610 Lairport Street El Segundo, CA 90245
http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/ Tuesday Sunday 10am 4pm

NHRA Museum Fairplex grounds - Gate 1 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A Pomona CA, 91768
http://museum.nhra.com/ Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marconi Auto Museum 1302 Industrial Drive Tustin, CA 92780
www.marconimuseum.org/ Monday thru Friday, 9A - 4:30P

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Old 10-09-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

I work in Tustin.....I'll make sure to be around on that particular Monday.

There isn't much in terms of camping around here. There's El Moro......right on the beach just north of Laguna. I'm sure it books up a ways in advance....but if you can get a spot that would be pretty nice.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/C ... kId=123400

Also, Oneill Park in Trabuco Canyon would be fairly close to Tustin. It's about a 25 minute drive but fairly scenic. It would let you see the nice, "remote" side of Orange County.

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Old 10-10-2013, 02:48 AM   #3
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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

If you're here on a Sat you must check out Cars and Coffee in Irvine. Sounds and sight of old and new exotics, customs, rare finds etc.

In terms of camping, there's a bunch of sites along the beach areas. Everything in OC is 20 minutes away. Should be easier to find spots on weekdays and now that we're out of summer. Check reserveamerica.com.

If you firm up a date/location I'm sure you could at least get a half dozen smb to roll out.
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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

On a closer look, the Nethercutt Museum has an adjacent Nethercutt Collection only open Thu - Sat (reservation only). So, Thursday the 7th looks like the date I should show up there. Do the Collection in the AM and the Museum in the PM.

Where is a good place to stay near El Segundo? I suppose I could go to the long term lot at LAX and spend the night. Not the best idea. Probably some beach camping available during the week.

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Where is a good place to stay near El Segundo?

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I would head North along the coast and stay in one of the parks north of Malibu. There's some nice places right along the beach.

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On a closer look, the Nethercutt Museum has an adjacent Nethercutt Collection only open Thu - Sat (reservation only). So, Thursday the 7th looks like the date I should show up there. Do the Collection in the AM and the Museum in the PM.

Where is a good place to stay near El Segundo? I suppose I could go to the long term lot at LAX and spend the night. Not the best idea. Probably some beach camping available during the week.

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Boy, I messed that up. The Nethercutt is in Sylmar. I have a reservation for the 1:30 tour. Not much camping nearby, especially since I really would rather have a shower.

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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

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I work in Tustin.....I'll make sure to be around on that particular Monday.

There isn't much in terms of camping around here. There's El Moro......right on the beach just north of Laguna. I'm sure it books up a ways in advance....but if you can get a spot that would be pretty nice.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/C ... kId=123400

Also, Oneill Park in Trabuco Canyon would be fairly close to Tustin. It's about a 25 minute drive but fairly scenic. It would let you see the nice, "remote" side of Orange County.

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Trabuco Canyon looked good on the website, so I booked Sun (10th) and Mon (11) nights. Visitors welcome. 2 vans/8 people per site ok. Marconi Museum on Monday.

I expect it will take until 7pm or so to get there Sun night. Come by and say hi. Or, on Monday I will be in closer to 5. The more the merrier.

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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

I have firmed up my schedule.

Nov 6 - Camp in a forum member's driveway
Nov 7 - Nethercutt Collection and Museum
Camp in a forum member's driveway
Nov 8 - Petersen Museum
Frank Bonelli County Park
Nov 9 - NHRA Museum
Frank Bonelli County Park
Nov 10 - NHRA Finals Drags
O'Neill County Park
Nov 11 - Marconi Auto Museum
O'Neill Count Park
Nov 12 - Auto Driving Museum
Faria County Park No reservations

Should be a great time.

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I'm not to far from bonelli and can meet up for dinner one night. Lots of good places in the area.
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Re: LA Area Auto Museums and NHRA trip

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I'm not to far from bonelli and can meet up for dinner one night. Lots of good places in the area.
Sounds like a plan. In NorCal weeknights are always much better than too busy Fridays for eating out. Same in SoCal? If so, plan on Thursday?

In retrospect, I'm at Bonelli Fri/Sat, so Thursday is out

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