Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars Now Open at the Petersen
Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars is now open at the Petersen Automotive Museum. My son and I got a sneak preview of the exhibit – and he even got to scoot around in a very cool electric go kart by Actev Arrow called the Smart-Kart that kids can safely drive while parents control the ride through a mobile app.
This special exhibit is dedicated to children and their longstanding fascination with fast cars. Showcased in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery at the Peterson, and presented by Lucas Oil, the display features a diverse range of child-sized race cars—from old to new, electric to gaspowered, some clearly hand made, others quite sophisticated, and ranging from affordable to luxurious.
’Sidewalk Speedsters’ will mark a playful change of pace for the museum, said Petersen Chief Historian Leslie Kendall. “I had so much fun choosing the vehicles on display, as I grew up racing similar cars. The whimsical selection will perfectly juxtapose the more serious presentations, adding an exciting element of surprise to the museum’s overall atmosphere.”
Key vehicles that will be featured include a 1927 Bugatti Type 52 Baby, a 1995 Meyness Bentley and a 1977 Porsche 936 Le Mans Jr. The exhibit will also showcase a 1968 Disneyland Autopia buggy, a 1931 Custer, a 1945 Plexiglas Lucas, a 1938 Maytag, a 1955 Homemade a 1939 Motokar, a 1934 National Junior Racer, a, The Lad’s Car, The Junior Automobile, a Chevy Jr., a 1934 Cannonball Racer, a 1954 Vanguard Sidewalk Racer, and a 1955 Viking Craft.
To learn more about this exhibit and the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.petersen.org.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com.