Where to Have a Wheel Interesting Time

By Michael Berick

truck events in Los Angeles

The Ice Cream Man looks to have a sweet time at Monster Jam. PHOTO COURTESY MONSTER JAM

Whether you are a fan of small cars or big trucks, gear up for fun this month. The Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; www.petersen.org) offers a new exhibit that spotlights a unique area of the auto world – kids’ race cars. “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars” features a cool lineup of child-size competitive cars. Although these cars might have started off as toys, they have become highly prized by adults and collectors. On display will be some truly vintage vehicles. A 1927 Bugatti Type 52 “Baby,” a 1931 Custer and a 1934 Cannonball Racer are among the oldest models, while the more modern cars include a 1995 Meyness Bentley, a 1977 Porsche 936 Le Mans Jr. and a 1968 Disneyland Autopia buggy. The Petersen also has other galleries of interest to young car buffs, including the Cars Mechanical Institute and the “Hot Rods And Custom Cars” exhibit. Admission is $16 adults, $13 students with ID, $8 ages 3 to 12. 

When talk turns to “big wheels” at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2000 Gene Autry Way) this month, people aren’t referring to the classic kids toy. These big wheels are attached to Monster Trucks with names such as El Toro Loco, Whiplash and BroDozer. They will be competing at the 2018 Monster Jam Jan. 13 and 27 and Feb. 10 and 24-25. The smashing and bashing will start at 6:30 p.m., with pre-Jam festivities at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$110, www.ticketmaster.com. 

If you aren’t tired out yet from all of these wheeled thrills, Angel Stadium will be the site of even more dirt-pounding action when revved-up motorcycles speed around a course marked by tight turns, fast straightaways and triple jumps as they battle it out for Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship glory beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and 20. Tickets for that event are S20-$130 and available at www.supercrosslive.com.

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