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(Los Angeles, CA June 6, 2000)


Dave Linden, Public Relations Manager 323/964-6344

From James Dean to James Bond Hollywood Star Cars: Great Cars of the Movies Takes the Spotlight at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Thursday, June 15, 2000 6 p.m.

Lights, Cameras, Cars! The Petersen Automotive Museum will play host to the 3rd Annual Cars & Stars Gala, a celebration of Hollywood's ever-changing influence on the history of the automobile in Southern California and the nation. Proceeds from ticket sales ($175 per ticket) will benefit the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization, its educational programs and the May Family Children's Discovery Center. The benefit brings together many of yesterday's biggest screen legends along with today's most recognizable stars. Celebrity attendees have included Jay Leno, Connie Stevens, Charlton Heston, Tim Allen, James Garner, Robert Stack, Van Halen's Michael Anthony, and KISS' Paul Stanley. The Cars & Stars Gala will kick-off the Petersen Automotive MuseumÕs newest exhibit Hollywood Star Cars: Great Cars of the Movies, from June 16 to September 24.

Featured Cars:
Batmobile I (Batman)
Batcycle (Batman)
Batmobile II (Batman Returns)
Flintmobile (The Flintstones)
Oldsmobile Jalopy (Beverly Hillbillies)
Munster Koach (Munster: Go Home)
1966 Thunderbird convertible (Thelma & Louise)
1959 Thunderbird Macabre-mobile (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark)
Lotus Submarine Car (James Bond 007)
Mustang (Gone in 60 Seconds--original)
Shelby Mustang (Gone in 60 Seconds--2000 remake)

Where: Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact: Dave Linden---323/964-6344
Please R.S.V.P. by June 9

Now in Exhibition

The Art of Flame, the latest images by famed automobile photographer Scott Williamson, are now on display indefinitely in the Bruce Meyer Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Williamson's skill as a photographer is evident in his technique which entails no retouching or computer manipulation of any kind. His images are entirely the result of meticulous studio work. In The Art of Flame, Williamson focuses on the form and design of his subject, capturing the lines, curves and fine details.

Williamson of Santa Ana has enjoyed a diverse career with commercial and industrial clients. His commercial clients include Toyota, Lexus and Mercedes Benz. Selected pieces are included in the automotive art collectionof the Behring Auto Museum in Danville, California. In addition to The Art of Flame, Williamson also has a long-term display of automotive photographs in the escalator corridor at the Petersen Museum.

New Exhibition

Hollywood Star Cars: Great Cars of the Movies First-Hand Look at Some of the Most Famous Cars in the World Premieres at the Petersen Automotive Museum June 16, 2000

Lights, Camera, Cars! Twenty of the most recognizable automobiles ever to appear on the silver screen will premiere June 16 through September 24, 2000 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Hollywood Star Cars: Great Cars of the Movies will include the 1955 Chevrolet convertible from American Graffiti, Batmobiles I & II and the Batcycle from Batman, the Flintmobile from The Flintstones, and the 1966 Thunderbird convertible from Thelma and Louise.

Other automobiles include the 1949 Mercury driven by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder from The Gumball Rally, 1964 Hannibal 8 from The Great Race, and the 1977 Lotus Submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me.

Long famous for their work on movie cars, artisans like George Barris and Dean Jeffries will be featured for their ability to transform ordinary vehicles into pop culture icons. Customizers, like Barris and Jeffries, worked with film companies to determine how such cars were modified for their starring roles and how they were prepared for stunt work or specially set up for unusual filming requirements.

In another behind-the-scenes look, the exhibition shifts its focus to the directors and producers whose vision and ability to coordinate the variety of details bring these films to life. Hollywood Star Cars explores the role of automobiles in movies by explaining how they are chosen, how they are used on camera, and how moviegoers respond to them.

In addition to cars, motorcycles, and other artifacts, a Museum sponsored film festival will round out the chronological and cultural aspects of the parallel histories of the car and the cinema. Film screenings at The Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood and Los Angeles County Museum of ArtÕs Bing Theatre will explore broader cultural issues, including how race, gender, and class figure into Hollywood's portrayal of those great cars of the movies.

General Information

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $4 per car. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum's website address at www.petersen.org.

Dave Linden
Public Relations Manager
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036