Southern California has been a vacation destination for the rest of the world since its earliest days when missionaries first offered wines vinted from locally grown grapes to thirsty travelers in search of a refreshing beverage to wash away the adobe clay of the El Camino Real. In the 21st century, California's missions are still a tourist attraction, and for the folks who consider themselves hardcore gearheads, or even persons mildly interested in the history of the automobile there's an attraction that shouldn't be missed. It's called the Petersen Automotive Museum, and get ready to clear some space in your brain because the place will leave you with a thousand great memories you'll never forget.

Our tour was led by Chris Brown, the Petersen's Information and Marketing Manager who CCT readers will recall as the Art Center-trained designer who penned CCT's ongoing project Dodge: High School Custom. A good indication we were in for a classic truck lover's treat was the collection of interesting old trucks displayed in front of the Petersen's lobby, and it only got better from there.