The Marconi Automotive Museum is located in a warehouse section of Tustin, California. Founded by Dick Marconi the museum’s main goal is to raise funds to support at risk children’s charities. According to their website his mantra is “learn, earn, and return.”
The museum has an interesting collection of super cars, race cars and a mix of classics. In addition they have a nice bike display (at least they did in 2012)
The Newport Sports Museum, located in Newport Beach, California, was one man’s collection of memorabilia. The museum had a great collection from football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf and the olympics.
Unfortunately the museum incurred a couple of burglary’s, prompting the owner to close the museum in 2014 and auction the rest off.
I really enjoyed this museum, it is sad to see it closed.
An eclectic collection of various Southern California scenes.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Carlsbad Flower Fields
My California trip brought the opportunity to go to somewhere I had always wanted to see in person, Santa Anita Park. Often regarded as the most beautiful horse race track in America, Santa Anita offers a view of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The grandstands, while old, are in immaculate condition. The March Southern California weather was perfect, temperatures in the 70s.
A perfect way to spend a Sunday
The Nethercutt Museum is a very nice automotive museum in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Assembled by the owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics, the Nethercutt offers a collection of classic cars, hood ornaments, and a fully restored train with a couple of cars.
The centerpiece is a ballroom with the finest of their collection. Upstairs is a collection of musical instruments, but I breezed through that because I was there to see the cars.
Griffith Park is a very large park just north of Downtown Los Angeles. The park includes the world famous observatory, as well as nice views of the Hollywood Sign and downtown.
My last day in California was spent wandering far and wide since I had booked a red eye flight and my conference ended in the mid morning.