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Immerse Yourself in SoCal Car Culture

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On: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 5:23PM | By: Gary P Garry

Immerse Yourself in SoCal Car Culture

They say that you should write about what you know. After doing this kind of thing for a number of years, I do know a little bit about cars, so I guess everything is right in my tiny universe in that regard.

This week, I know a little bit about something else: the city of Los Angeles. I used to live in L.A. a number of years ago, and I made some good friends. This past weekend I hooked up with one of them, and I stayed in Venice.

Los Angeles is a world in and of itself, and there are many different areas that are all a bit distinct from one another, but strangely similar. To me, Venice is less of a place and more of a state of mind, and you have to experience it to truly understand what it's all about.

Car culture has always been huge in the city of Los Angeles, and I saw a lot of really cool vehicles while I was there. Some of them were custom-crafted, some of them were stock, there was a lot to take in. (Admittedly, while I was there, I let other people do the driving while I did the imbibing, but that's a different story.)

If you like classic cars and you live anywhere in the vicinity, Los Angeles is a great destination, and Venice is only one of the options on the menu. There are some great classic car events there to lure you in, and some of them take place on a regular basis. The SoCal Car Culture website is a great source of information if you want to find out what is going on in the City of Angels.

In addition to the many different events that take place in the greater Los Angeles area, there are some permanent shrines to the automotive mindset that are always there for you. Any conversation about Los Angeles automobile museums will begin with the Peterson Museum, but they are closed for renovations. That's the bad news; the good news is that the museum will come back stronger than ever when it reopens in December 2015.

Another very cool LA automotive museum that you could visit in the meantime is the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. It's located in Pomona, about 35 miles from downtown L.A., and it serves as a shrine to speed, style, history, and innovation.

I can't think of a better place to visit if cars are your thing. Spring has sprung, and it feels more like summer in SoCal, so pack your sunscreen and indulge your automotive urges.



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