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Automotive museum: A story on car museums in the June 21 Cars Commemorative Edition said the Petersen Automotive Museum was open Tuesday through Saturday. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. —
Nevermind that plane hanging from the ceiling. Race cars rule this 110-car collection — including a vintage midget raced by A.J. Foyt and a 1933 Smith Master Valve Special prototype.
Step in and check out the 200 or so sloganeering gas pump globes ringing the corporate headquarters for Justice Bros. Inc., an automotive additive company.
Co-founder Ed Justice never intended to open his car collection to the public. The many midgets inside what is now the museum entrance were intended only as office decoration. But one car became two, two became four, and before he knew it, his offices had been pushed to the side and the cars were front and center.
Today the cars continue to be decoration, in more varieties and in many more rooms than originally intended. An adjoining building shows the breadth of the collection. There's a 1955 Corvette, a 1957 T-Bird and a 1950 Crosley 4-cylinder station wagon that used to be sold out of the Sears catalog. There are also numerous vintage Fords, including a 1932 Phaeton once owned by Louis B. Mayer and the early roadsters that took the Justice brothers from Florida to California in the '30s.
It was during the '40s that Ed Justice and his brother Zeke first entered the racing industry, working for the famed builder Kurtis Kraft, in Glendale. Zeke built engines; Ed worked on the bodies. When they set up their own shop, their brother Gus joined in and ran the business.
Ed, the only surviving brother, is often at the museum, where he is known to give impromptu tours.
Location: 2734 E. Huntington Drive, Duarte. (626) 359-9174,
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marconi Automotive Museum
Caution: Speed thrills. And what a tempting entourage of speed-burners you'll find here: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Formula 1 racers.
There are about 75 vehicles in the space, valued at about $30 million collectively. All of them were donated by Dick Marconi, who came to California in 1959 with just $500 and went on to co-found the supplement company Herbalife. He is now so wealthy that in 1994 he purchased the building, moved in his cars and established the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids.
The foyer of this former warehouse showcases a dozen motorcycles, many of them Ducatis. And the main room is home to rare Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches, including a one-of-a-kind Ferrari FX built for the sultan of Brunei.