Whether cruising up CA 1 along the Pacific Coast, carving canyons on Mulholand Drive, blazing trails through the Mojave, or rolling in style down the Sunset Strip, if you are a car enthusiast, The Golden State is the the place to be.
When I was growing up in Eastern Pennsylvania in the 80s and 90s I was obsessed with cars. I toy cars that ranged from matchboxes & Hotwheels to 1/43, 1/24, and 1/18 scale die-cast models. I knew avery line of a Ferrari F40 a decade before I saw one in real life. There was a guy who lived about ten minutes from my house who owned a Countach, and I would hound my parents to take me to the neighborhood on a regular basis just to check to see if the garage door was open so I could sneak a peek. While hot rods and muscle cars were a frequently in an eyeshot, exotic cars were and still are a rare site in most American towns. Wealth, along with weather and roads contribute to the drought of supercars in most of the country. Where there is not, nor will there ever seem to be a lack of amazing cars is in California, specifically Southern California. I can’t help but believe that I was subconsciously drawn to Los Angeles in part due to the abundance of great cars that I could see and interact with on a regular basis.
Commercials for California Customs Hotwheels were being played during my favorite shows, and icons like James Dean from generations ago still appeared in pop culture.
California is THE car state. Below are some of the reasons why, along with some of the many things for a car enthusiast to see and do inSouthern California. Below are just a few:
Take a VW camper to the beach:
Woody’s with surfboards on the roof: Nothing more iconically CA than the Woody wagon with some longboards on top and stickers on the window.
If you are more the type to venture off of the beaten path, Southern California as hundred of miles of trails through the Mojave Desert.
Car Shows & the Peterson Auto Museum:
The Peterson Museum on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles.
Every Friday night in LA there are several cruise nights where hot rods and classic cars meet to relax and talk shop.
Every Saturday morning there is the original Cars & Coffee in Irvine.
Every Sunday morning is Supercar Sunday in Woodland Hills.
Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down is one of the experiences that everyone should do at least once in their life:
How many states in the Union have cars named after them?
- Chevy Bel-Air & Malibu as well as the amazing Ferrari 250 GT California & it’s modern counterpart, the hard-top cabriolet called the California.
This iconic stretch of road that twists and turns across the top of the Hollywood hills has views of the city and Valley, and is one of the most fun & (at times) challenging roads to drive on a Sunday afternoon. This is a great place to also just sit watch some amazing cars.