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Not long after the dawn of the new Millennium, a vacant garage in West Los Angeles caught the collective eyes of two long-time automobile enthusiasts. An idea began to occupy their collective minds: to fill that garage with classic automobiles and share their appreciation with the public . . . but with a twist. “Cars are moving art,” Stanley Zimmerman once told Old Cars Weekly. That premise is how he and Earl Rubenstein came up with a profound idea for a museum. Thus was formed the Automobile Driving Museum.
Now, a decade later, the Automobile Driving Museum will be having a 10th Anniversary Gala benefit supporting the ADM and helping to create educational outreach in the community. However, it is also about honoring Earl Rubenstein (curator as well as co-founder of ADM), his love of classic cars, and his devotion to the community.
For many years, the two would attend car shows and notice a “LOOK BUT DO NOT TOUCH” sign or perhaps the cliched “If you’re not naked, please don’t touch my car.” This inspired their mission to preserve automotive history, interpret the respective historical significance, educate visitors and guests, and provide them with the opportunity to take a ride in one of the museum’s historic collector vehicles. Ten years later, the ADM has become one of Southern California’s premier destinations for automotive enthusiasts. With a rotating collection of 150 classic, antique, and vintage automobiles on display, visitors and guests can experience automotive history starting with 1886 (with a Benz Motorwagen ) through the modern era.
Moving to its present location in El Segundo in 2007, the Automobile Driving Museum occupies over an acre of land and has 40,000 square feet for automobile display, storage, repair, and restoration so that any vehicle can be prepared at will for the Sunday Ride Program – the raison d’être of it all!
The Packard brand makes up the core of the collection, spanning from 1916 to the swan-song 1958 model year. The Automobile Driving Museum is also the only museum in the world that serves as the official registry for cars built by Howard “Dutch” Darrin, famous for his custom Packards plus the Kaiser that bears his name. And, this being Los Angeles, the ADM also has celebrity vehicles that have belonged to such “golden age of Hollywood” luminaries as Howard Hughes, Errol Flynn, and Jean Peters, and others like Ry Cooder and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Come join Earl Rubenstein as we toast his contributions to the old car hobby and help him continue to make a positive impact in the community.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Chicken, Beef, Fish, or Vegetarian
Dinner and dancing starting at 6 o’clock
1930s clothing encouraged
Contact Jodee Hulsebus at 310.909.0950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If unable to attend but are able to make a donation, please contact Jodee at the above phone number or email address.