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Petersen Automotive Museum’s Legendary Cruise-Ins
Sunday, December 14, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join us at the Reagan Library for one of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s legendary Cruise-Ins.  Drive directly to the Reagan Library for the 9:00 a.m. Cruise-In, or meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Petersen on their 2nd floor garage and rally to the Reagan with the Petersen. Following the Cruise-In, stop by the Reagan Library Museum Store for a book signing with Peter Nye (The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, An Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal), and make sure to visit the Reagan Library’s Amazing Automobile exhibit (Museum admission applies to visit the exhibits). For more information on the exhibit, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/cars.

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Book Signing with Peter Nye
Sunday, December 14, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Please join us in the Reagan Library Museum Store on Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m. for a book signing with Peter Nye on his latest book, The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, An Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal, the first biography of the short but exciting life of Albert Champion—record-setting bicyclist and motorcyclist, daredevil racecar driver, early automobile innovator, charismatic ladies’ man, and celebrity of the Jazz Age. Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.  Following the book signing, make sure to visit the Reagan Library’s Amazing Automobile exhibit (Museum admission applies to visit the exhibits). For more information on the exhibit, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/cars.

Though most Americans have heard of the companies Albert Champion founded—ACDelco and Champion Spark Plug—few know much about the charismatic man behind them. Like a Richard Branson of the early 20th century, or an Evel Knievel with a business degree, Champion was a powerhouse whose life was defined by both speed and success.

Champion rose from poverty in Paris to great wealth and fame in both his native France and the United States. As a bicycle racer, Champion set more than a hundred world records. When the urban speed limit was 8 mph, he was the first ever to drive a motorcycle a mile under a minute. A car-racing crash snapped a leg bone that kept him in traction for eleven weeks. Undeterred, he hobbled out of the hospital on crutches and recovered to win the French national cycling championship.

Champion invested his prize money to become a tycoon in the new and revolutionary American auto industry, working closely with the leading players and amassing thirty US. His contemporaries included Charles Lindbergh, who endorsed Champion's product by saying, "AC Spark Plugs kept my engine running perfectly.”; Louis Chevrolet, whom Champion backed financially until it came out that he was trying to seduce Chevrolet's wife, which led to a fight and the end of their friendship; and William Durant, founder of a "new holding company" called General Motors.

A notorious ladies’ man, Champion’s many dalliances were fodder for the papers and finally ended in a love triangle that resulted in his death under mysterious circumstances.

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“Saxophone Christmas” Concert
Sunday, December 14, 2014

10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday, December 14th, the Reagan Library will present a free holiday concert with its fifth annual “A Saxophone Christmas.”  Students, alumni and music directors from Ventura County will participate in two free concerts celebrating the holiday spirit, playing only saxophones.  Each of the two concerts lasts 45 minutes and begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The concerts will include a variety of holiday favorites in a variety of styles.   

Following these events, visitors are encouraged to tour through the Reagan Library’s winter wonderland featuring 23 trees decorated to showcase the great state of California!  To a young 20-something Ronald Reagan, California was a “place of unlimited opportunity, a golden dream for all who have the courage to dare.”  It is with this spirit that the Reagan Library created this extraordinary exhibit that represents not only tourist attractions such as the cities of San Francisco and nearby Los Angeles, but also historical landmarks and national parks like Yosemite and the Redwoods.  Your holiday season won’t be complete until you visit A California Christmas and marvel at the true uniqueness of the Golden State.  Although the concert is free, regular Museum admission applies to visit the exhibits, including the Reagan Museum, the Air Force One Pavilion, A California Christmas¸ and the Library’s current exhibit, Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit.

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New Year's Eve Celebration
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Join us to celebrate the arrival of 2015 at our 6th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration under the wings of Air Force One! Ring in the New Year at the Reagan Library, the only place to be this New Year’s Eve in Southern California.

Enjoy an elaborate night of celebration, extensive hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight with all of the party essentials hats, horns, streamers and more! Dance to live music played by the top notch dance band, The Platinum Groove. Enjoy the classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and 50’s through the 90’s top hits played by our fabulous DJ.

There will be something for everyone at this extraordinary celebration. View our amazing Air Force One Pavilion from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Watch the ball drop and more as you welcome in the New Year! Tours of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit and our holiday tree exhibit A California Christmas will not be available on this evening.

General Admission (21 and over only): $145.00 per person (tax and gratuity included), includes general seating at tables of 10. VIP Package (21 and over only): $170.00 per person (tax and gratuity included), includes preferred seating with a private table for your group and wine for your table. Reservations must be made by December 26, 2014. Cocktail attire is suggested. This is a perfect occasion to bring your employees to show your appreciation during this holiday season.

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Movie Night!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tours of the Ultimate Car Exhibit, the Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Screening of “Batman”

“To the Batmobile! This could be the break we've been looking for!”

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, in conjunction with the Petersen Automotive Museum, will be hosting a movie night at the Reagan Library in honor of the Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit.  Come enjoy a special screening of “Batman” as well as private tours of the Amazing Automobile exhibit, as well as the entire Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Air Force One Pavilion on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Tickets are $14.99 and must be purchased in advance – no tickets will be sold at the door.  Food will be sold at the concession stand throughout the movie.  To purchase tickets, please click here or call 805-522-2977.  

Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit includes Hollywood and Heads of State vehicles, on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum, including the Batmobile, the cars from Grease Lightening, Thelma and Louise, and 2 Fast, 2 Furious, as well as cars owned by Elvis Presley, Elton John, Steve McQueen, Pope John Paul II’s Cadillac Papal Parade Phaeton, the 1942 Lincoln Limousine used by President Roosevelt which was ordered the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and so much more.  For more information on this exhibit, please visit click here.

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