The Petersen Automotive Museum brought a Beach Boys onstage and threw itself a celebration Saturday night to applaud a 20th anniversary, symbol a one-year shutting for remodeling and announce new partnerships and new fundraising advances.
After a cooking of filet mignon and Stags Leap wines, and before a one-hour set of Beach Boys car-themed tunes such as “Little Deuce Coupe” and “409,” Petersen Chairman Peter Mullin pronounced a museum would tighten Monday though would unequivocally giveaway on time subsequent year.
“I know you’re never ostensible to make predictions,” Mullin said. “But a museum will open again Dec. 1, 2015.”
Mullin also announced that a museum’s new efforts to lift a $125 million to finish a Wilshire Boulevard museum’s mutation — that includes a new extraneous hang and a top-to-bottom interior transform — had resulted in an $80-million remodeling fund.
Correction: An progressing chronicle of this post pronounced a extraneous hang was being assembled by a association that had a palm in building a Walt Disney Concert Hall. This was inaccurate.
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Saturday night was a fundraiser too. The $750-a-plate cooking and show, and deduction from an auction of equipment including guitars sealed by a Beach Boys and classical automotive art sealed by some of a biggest names in automobile racing history, garnered $650,000 for a account a museum uses to train schoolchildren to a museum for giveaway tours. That sum was double final year’s take, a museum said.
The museum also gave a hide demeanour into a future, announcing dual new Petersen features.
The remodeled museum will underline a Forza Motorsport Experience. Using Microsoft Xbox technology, a 1,500-square-foot Forza vaunt will capacitate visitors to collect a automobile from a museum’s collection, compare it to one of a world’s good foe tracks, and have a unnatural foe experience.
Real-world racing is entrance too.
The museum will horde a initial of a designed annual array of races, to be called Petersen Invitational, commencement in February. The races will be hold during a new privately-owned, members-only Thermal Club lane nearby Palm Springs.
The races will be singular to a 48-driver margin of professionals and will underline foe between selected foe cars from years past.