Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates The Spirit Of Adventure

The Petersen Automotive Museum and Motorcycle Arts Foundation have announced a new exhibit titled “ADV:Overland,” which celebrates the spirit of adventure through “off- road” and “off-world” adventure motorcycles and related vehicles. Located in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, the new exhibit features 23 vehicles including record-setting motorcycles, Hollywood sci-fi vehicles, and spacecraft models on loan from NASA’s JPL.

 Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates The Spirit Of Adventure

Opened last weekend July 3, 2021, “ADV:Overland” with support from Harley-Davidson, will include 23 adventure-touring motorcycles and race vehicles from 1930 to the present, as well as sci-fi and NASA off-world exploration vehicles, to tell a comprehensive story about adventuring on wheels on Earth and beyond

Motorcycles and off-road racing vehicles on display include an example of the 1903 California that was the first motorized vehicle to travel coast to coast; a 1912 Henderson Four as used in the first motorcycle trip around the world; a 1915 Harley-Davidson 11-F with sidecar as used by Effie and Avie Hotchkiss became the first women to drive across the United States; the 1932 Douglas “Mastiff” which inspired Robert Edison Fulton Jr.’s novel “One Man Caravan”; the 1933 Puch 250SL that was the first motor vehicle to overland from Europe to India; a 1964 Honda CL72 Baja Scrambler homage to Dave Ekins’ first timed run down Baja; the 1969 Ford Bronco “Big Oly” in which Parnelli Jones dominated Baja racing; the 1969 Honda N600 Baja that was Honda’s first factory race car in the USA; a 1974 BMW R60/6 which inspired the book “Lone Rider” by Elspeth Beard; a 1906/2019 Contal Mototri veteran of the Peking to Paris rally; a 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America; a 2007 KTM 690 Rally Factory ridden and raced around the world by Lyndon Poskitt; a 2019 Harley-Davidson Livewire from the “Long Way Up” television series; a 1948 Indian 348 Chief and 1962 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper ridden round the world by ‘RTW Doug’; a 2002 BMW 1150GS A round the world bike; and the 1966 Triumph T120 that won the Baja 1000.


Real and imaginary space vehicles on display include a 2021 Tardigrade concept electric Lunar motorcycle; a replica of the 1965 chariot from the “Lost in Space” television series; a chariot from the 2018 remake of the “Lost in Space” television series; a model of the Opportunity MER-1 rover, the robotic spacecraft that holds the long-distance record in off-world overlanding; and a model of the 1996 Sojourner rover.

“We are proud to partner with Motorcycle Arts Foundation to gather this impressive display of vehicles in the spirit of adventure,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Coming on the heels of a global pandemic, ‘ADV:Overland’ is an important retrospective of the freedom of exploration, to go where no one has ever gone and accomplish things that no one has ever accomplished. This visionary spirit drives innovation in transportation and has inspired this exhibit.”

Exhibit curator Paul d’Orléans explains, “This exciting, first-ever collection of Round-the-World, overland racing, and off-world overland vehicles is the perfect pandemic escape hatch. Most of these extraordinary machines have never been publicly displayed, and absolutely radiate the spirit of adventure: some even retain their original accessories, 90 years later.  These are must-see vehicles, on display in the best motoring museum on the planet.”

“ADV:Overland” opened July 3, 2021. The exhibit is produced by Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF) and Sasha Tcherevkoff with support from Harley-Davidson. Guests who would like to visit the museum must purchase tickets in advance on the Petersen Automotive Museum website. Health and safety guidelines are being followed: face coverings are required for all guests (single-use face masks will be provided to those who do not have one).

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