The Petersen Automotive Museum Inspiration in Motoring Award for the Most Fascinating Vehicle goes to
1970 Porsche 917 ‘Hippie Car’
The Petersen Automotive Museum’s Inspiration in Motoring Award is awarded to the 1970 Porsche 917 LH ‘Hippie Car’ of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. This is a car famous not just for finished second in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours and for leading the 1971 Le Mans for 11 hours, but also for its wild, psychedelic paint scheme. The long-tail format of this car made it even faster than its short-tail 917K stablemates, and in 1971 it clocked its highest ever speeds of around 240mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
The characteristics that define a fascinating vehicle are broad and inclusive enough to be evaluated by virtually any legitimate standard, yet effectively narrow the range of potential winners to those standouts that select well-informed judges truly believe deserve a second look.
The Petersen Museum
American automotive museums have come and gone, but until publishing magnate and philanthropist Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum, there was no central location in which to celebrate the entirety of automotive history, industry, culture and artistry in Los Angeles, the most car-centric city the world has yet known. Even the Petersen Automotive Museum building represents aspects of automotive history as important as the vehicles displayed inside. Its architecture, user friendly parking facility, and central location make it a living example of automobile culture in Los Angeles.