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Old 12-29-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default The Motorama

From 1950 to 1955, Robert E. Petersen (founder of Hot Rod Magazine) hosted an annual car show in Los Angeles, CA. Sharing names with a GM series of shows, the "Motorama" featured hot rods, customs, race cars, motorcycles, and other automotive wonders...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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Wow..........how cool is that. Thanks Ryan.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:17 AM   #3
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Praise the Lord, Ryan's back. And with a tonne of cool stuff to read! Thanks dude
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:32 AM   #4
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Scanned in at a decent size? Fantastical!!!! Cool find Ryan.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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Very cool artwork on the programs! Was this held at the Pan Pacific auditorium?
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:58 PM   #6
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Thanks Ryan. Those sure show,the amazing parallel development,of the various motorsports,since their conception.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:04 PM   #7
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Interesting to see a turbocharged diesel was the 1952 Indy pole sitter...traditional
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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My uncle took me to the '53 Motorama. I had the program for years. Even as an 8 year old, the race cars made an impression on me.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:21 PM   #9
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I heara rumor at the Autorama in Houston that it would be called the Motorama next year
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:07 PM   #10
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Well, there goes the rest of my free time today. Great!
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:41 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up, way cool indeed!

This reminds me of the picture in the last issue of Hot Rod magazine of the Motorama/Autorama (whatever you want to call it) in '48 (the show program that spawned Hot Rod magazine). Their mention of re-enacting sounds like a fabulous idea, one I'm sure the HAMB would be behind!

The caption says to see their blog for more photos but I haven't found any yet
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:53 PM   #12
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Oh yea almost forgot to thank Ryan for posting really cool stuff all the time
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:09 PM   #13
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I see you got past your writers block. Nice read Ryan
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:20 PM   #14
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I just want to follow ryan around with my camera to shoot half of the stuff he gets to see lol
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #15
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Ryan I can imagine your delight at finding that Mal Hooper pic in the 52 centre spread, it's curious the Mabee Spl with Ray's engine was quicker than the tank that year.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:38 PM   #16
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Great find!! Allot of good reading in those programs! The artwork on the cover is also really bitching!!
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:40 PM   #17
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nice stuff, very nice!

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Old 12-29-2008, 04:53 PM   #18
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Quite by coincidence, I was cleaning my desk today & found the 1955 Motorama token that I got a long time ago. It was before my time, but I always thought those shows were pretty cool.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:17 PM   #19
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To all those who think fibreglass isn't traditional, Tell that to Bill Burke.
This is his Ardun Powered (Back Yard made in San Gabriel) Cistalia copied from Robt E. Petersens original. Story goes that Bill borrowed Bob's car for a few hours and splashed mold. Thats how good he was. This car had Ford underpinnings and could run with best of em. I'd say that it's traditional. I'm sure that Bill woud too.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:35 PM   #20
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Thanks for the "motorama" post Ryan!!!----You mention Greg Sharp, I know him well, I guess he still is at NHRA Museum in Pomona. He is indeed, a walking encycopedia on hot rods, customs, & race cars.
I started attending the Petersen "Motorama" in 1953, where GM had the first Corvette displayed on a 3/4 tilted angle with the hood open so all could see the 3 pot manifold & 6 cyl. engine. The color was white, with bright red upholstery!! This annual event was held at the Pan Pacfic Auditorium across from the old Gilmore Stadium of Midget car racing fame!!-------------Don
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