Taking Metro to drive a car

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It’s ironic that I head the PR department at a major public transit agency and my autistic teenage son is obsessed with car museums. But I look at his latest obsession as an opportunity to teach him about getting around via Metro while indulging his interests.

And one of my son’s favorite places is the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo where docents on Sundays take visitors for rides in vintage cars ranging from a 1915 Ford Model T and a 1936 Packard convertible touring car that Stalin once owned to a 1982 DeLorean “Back to the Future” car. Each week they feature three different cars, but you can sit inside about 100 classic cars on display in the museum. Nothing against the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Wilshire District or the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar but God help you if you smear the polish on one of those beauties. It’ll be a short visit.

All three museums are accessible by Metro (see release). The Automobile Driving Museum is just a couple blocks from the Metro Green Line Mariposa Station or Metro Bus Line 232. Go to metro.net to plan your trip or check out the museum at automobiledrivingmuseum.org. A short Metro video on the museum is posted above.

I admit I’m an unabashed promoter of the museum, which is one of L.A.’s best kept secrets. My son drags me there at least one Sunday a month when we’re not exploring destinations such as Pasadena, Hollywood (Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a stone’s throw from the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail station), Thai Town, Long Beach or the plethora of shopping malls in the San Fernando Valley via Metro. I’ll be sharing some of our transit adventures in the future on The Source. They put the “S” in serendipity.

Categories: Metro Lifestyle