These days, it’s hard to remember that once upon a time, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors were visionary heroes delivering space age dreams with driveshafts. If you feel like falling in love again with poetry in (loco)motion, check out the last weekend of The Space Age Hits the Road, a photographic exhibit of Fifties cars that run the gamut from the two ton+ premiere Lincoln with jet pod exhausts to the Airway, which eschewed all frills, traveled 45 miles on a gallon of gas, and looks like a large, brown, ugly bug.
The USC exhibit, in partnership with the L.A. Conservancy Modern Committee’s year-long celebration of “The Sixties turn Fifty”, features fab photos of cars with rear seat bars, in-dash T.V. sets, cameras instead of rear view mirrors,and “twin nose cones…that housed obstacle warning radar devices”.
Which were undoubtedly helpful if any of the other features were in use.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
The Space Age Hits the Road: Visionary Car Designs in America
Saturday, May 29, 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday. May 30, 12:00PM – 5:00PM
NOTE: The exhibit is listed as running through Monday, May 31st, but the updated library site states that the facility is closed on Memorial Day.
University of Southern California
Doheny Memorial Library
Ground Floor Rotunda
3550 Trousdale Parkway
University Park Campus
Los Angeles 90089
NOTE: Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. The closest parking available is at Gate #2 which has an entrance on Exposition Boulevard at Pardee Way.
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