The secret Honda Museum in Torrence was one of the places we wanted to visit during our stay in L.A. Prior to us flying to the States, Simon was in talks with the museum's PR team. However, the emails replies stopped shortly after we landed and we never heard back from them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
On the last week of our trip, at breakfast, Simon found our plan B- the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids in Tustin.
( From the official Marconi museum website: http://marconimuseum.org/about-the-museum/ )
The Marconi Automotive Museum is all about style, and class, with a touch of adrenaline. Our museum, formerly a salad oil manufacturing facility, was purchased by founder, Dick Marconi and opened to the public in 1994. Initially, the museum building was purchased to house Marconi’s open-wheel race team. Simultaneously, he moved his entire car collection into the building and the Marconi Automotive Museum was born.
The goal of helping to raise a million dollars annually for various at-risk children’s charities has been achieved by using the car collection as a special event venue, as well as producing annual events on behalf of the Marconi Foundation for Kids. Mr. Marconi donated his vast car collection to the Marconi Foundation for Kids in an ongoing effort to give back. Thus, it continues to be his and the Foundation’s goal, to continue doing good work in our community and beyond, in honor of his dreams and goals to help children in need.
Founder, Dick Marconi, came to California from Gary, Indiana in the late 50’s. Armed with an MBA and a young family, he made the trek across the US to arrive in Southern California where he embarked with passion, on a career developing and manufacturing custom made vitamins, weight loss products, and food supplements. Along the way, Dick developed his life’s mantra which is to “learn, earn, and return.” Throughout his life, he has maintained that belief and in so doing, founded the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids in 1994. Always a great car enthusiast, over the years Dick amassed an impressive collection of high-performance street cars and race cars.
Dick’s wife, Priscilla “Bo”, has been integrally involved in the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids since its inception. With her own unique love of cars and racing cars in the mid 90’s, she continues her daily efforts to preserve her husband’s dreams and goals for the museum & foundation.
Anything to do with cars and profits going to charity, to help kids in need, IS ALWAYS A YES from us. We headed east, 30 mins on the 405 from Longbeach to Tustin. We wanted to go show our support and donate whatever American dollars we had left in our wallet.
The thing that made this place special was the Marconis were racecar drivers (husband and wife). Seeing their old Ferrari racecars on display was damn cool and more importantly reassuring that they were not just successful businessmen, showing off their wealth but real car enthusiasts just like us, wanting to contribute back to the community.
We left the museum on a high, inspired and talking about how we could and should also better ourselves.