Friday, June 24, 2011

Hooray for Hollywood!

After a hearty (and free) breakfast at the hotel this morning, we headed out for a day of sightseeing for the first full day of TACA Convention 2011.  Our first stop was the Reagan Presidential Library in nearby Simi Valley, CA,  The self-guided tour included several vintage vehicles from the presidential fleet, including a Boeing 707 that served at Air Force One during the Reagan administration (1981-1989).  Attendees were served a box lunch, which we enjoyed on our motorcoach en route to our next stop, the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Petersen is located in the "Miracle Mile" district of Los Angeles, CA, occupying a renovated former department store and surrounded by several other museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Petersen staff had graciously moved Tucker No. 1030 to a more prominent (and photogenic) location for our visit.  Tucker No. 1030 was one of the first acquisitions of the museum after its founding in 1994.  We also toured the museum's latest featured exhibits: "Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter" and "Supercars: When Too Much is Almost Enough."

We then bade "good bye" to the Petersen and boarded our motorcoach for a whirlwind tour of the sights of nearby Hollywood, CA.  Highlights included the HOLLYWOOD sign, Graumann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, home of the annual Academy Awards ceremony and American Idol broadcasts.  Returning to the hotel late this afternoon, we had a couple of hours for a nap, a dip in the pool and a quick meal before this evening's festivities.

(PS - See the TACA Facebook page for more convention photos)

(Post and photo credits: Kit Fox)

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