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(San Francisco )    Lori's Diner 

Welcome to a San Francisco tradition...For all of you nostalgic diners out there, here is a time machine to take you back to the good old days! Back to the neon lights, flashy architecture, and rock 'n' roll of the fabulous 50's! Designed to pay homage to the most American of icons: the Hamburger, French Fries, Coca-Cola, Malts and Ice Cream Sodas. We are the most classic of diners! 

(Danville)           Blackhawk Museum 

The Blackhawk Automotive Galleries. Like no place you've ever experienced! Located an hour southeast of San Francisco in Danville, California, the facility encompasses nearly 70,000 square feet with four exhibition galleries, an Automotive Reference Library & Museum Store, Special Events Area, Board Room and state-of-the-art catering kitchen. 

(El Segundo) The Automobile Driving Museum 

The Automobile Driving Museum exists to preserve automotive history, interpret the historical significance, educate our guests and provide them with the opportunity to take a ride in one of the museum’s historic collector vehicles. 

(La Mesa)     Horseless Carriage Foundation

The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation was established in 1985 with the primary purpose of recreating the pioneer automotive research libraries of W. Everett Miller and Dr. Alfred S. Lewerenz. Our goal was, and still is, to make automotive research and restoration information readily available to hobbyists, restorers, and scholars worldwide. Prior to June, 1995 the Automotive Research Library shared space in the San Diego Automotive Museum. In August, 1995 the Library opened its own facility in the San Diego area. 

(Los Angeles)   Petersen Automotive Museum 

Take our journey through one of mankind's greatest achievements...The Automobile. Explore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture. Experience the last 100 years of automotive history at our museum and here on our web site. There is always something new to discover for the whole family. Explore our web site and enjoy. 

(Oxnard)                                                     The Murphy Auto Museum 

The non-profit Murphy Auto Museum is a new collection of over 50 cars displayed by many collectors from the tri-county area. It houses a wide variety of classic, milestone and special interest vehicles, including a large collection of Packards from 1927-1958. Many great cars have been tucked away in garages throughout the area. These cars seldom see the light of day and are, therefore, infrequently seen by admirers. When Dan Murphy retired from his neurosurgery practice in Ventura, he set about to form a non-profit museum that would be frequently open to the public and house many of these great cars. Collectors were notified by word-of-mouth and extensive advertising until a significant group of vehicles was assembled. Several locations were considered until the Palma Drive property was found. The building was new construction in a secure neighborhood with sufficient space to hold a large collection. The museum opened on August 2, 2002. That property proved to be a wonderful place to launch the museum but was deficient in two important areas - visibility and cost. The new location, 2230 Statham Blvd. in Oxnard is easily found, spacious, and affordable. We began with 16000 sq. ft. one year ago, then expanded another 2400 sq. ft. to include an "old car showroom" area in February of 2006. On September 15, 2006, we took over the adjacent vacant suite of 26,400 sq. ft to bring us up to our current size of 45,000 sq. ft.! Because of the assistance of Holley Gene Leffler, the museum now has an extensive vintage clothing display representing all decades from the 1890s to the 1970s. The museum auto collection continues to vary as we add new collectors to our family of supporters. Because of our new expansion, we currently have room for another 15 cars to display. 

(Sacramento)   California Automobile Museum 

Explore the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives – past, present & future. Enjoy the California Automobile Museum’s exciting collection of over 160 classic cars, race cars, muscle cars, hot rods and early models displayed throughout 72,000 square feet of museum space. Buy an auto-related souvenir in our gift shop, enjoy a soda in our 50’s style Vic’s Ice Cream vignette and take a few pictures next to your favorite cars! 

(San Diego)                                                            
 The San Diego Automotive Museum 

The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979 the San Diego City Council first considered the issue and in 1980 they gave unanimous approvel to the museum and granted a long term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego - Balboa Park. After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988. Since then millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture 

(San Diego) The San Diego Firehouse Museum 

The San Diego Firehouse Museum is located in the Little Italy section of downtown San Diego. Inside the museum, visitors will see firefighting memorabilia dating back 100 years. Everything from fire buckets to early firefighting apparatus is on display. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children/seniors. There is a gift shop with firefighting apparel for sale. Credit cards, cash and checks are all accepted. The museum is also available for private rental. Please contact us at (619)232-3473 with any questions. 

(Sylmar) The Nethercutt Collection and Museum 

The Nethercutt Collection is world-renowned for its assembly of fine vintage automobiles. The Mascot Collection includes more than 1,100 hood ornaments, many of Lalique crystal. Assembled by J.B. Nethercutt and his wife Dorothy, the collection is a result of a lifetime dedicated to a love of beauty in design. It is the philosophy of the Nethercutts, that beauty should be preserved, enjoyed and shared with the public. In addition to a grand total of more than 200 cars - of which 30 are on a rotating display in the grand salon - the collection also includes early mechanical musical instruments, musical pocket watches and antique furniture. Tours of the Nethercutt Collection are personally conducted and require two hours. Due to the great demand for tour space, visitors should call or write (fax) well in advance and make a reservation. 

(Vista) Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum 

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, a nonprofit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity. Acknowledging the past provides direction for the future. 

(Byron) Red Barn Hotrods

The bay area's leader for custom built hot rods and muscle cars. At Red Barn we build only the finest looking and driving hot rods of our time. Our in house fabrication shop can customize any hot rod you can imagine. Every custom car is built to perfection ensuring your investment will last a lifetime. Hot Rods are our passion, and combining the latest components with custom fabricated parts we will deliver you a one of a kind hot rod. Contact us and you will see why we're the first choice for serious Street Rod builders.