The Party In The Park...Full Throttle

On September 30th, the venue at the San Diego Auto Museum, Balboa Park, The Party in the Park...Full Throttle got underway with a festive cocktail reception, and heavy hors d'oeuvres with attendees dressed to the finest in their Rhinestone Cowboy attire. 

Guests were invited to savor the wealth of opportunities being offered during the silent auction, and thereafter enjoyed a sit down dinner on the outer lawn. A varied offering of live auction items were presented for bidding, followed by live entertainment by Shane Smith and the Saints inviting all to join in on the dance floor.

The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue and in 1980 they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted a long-term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego: Balboa Park.After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988 as San Diego's Premier Transportation Museum™. 

Since then, millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture. Mission Statement

The Mission of the San Diego Automotive Museum™ is to tell the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of motorized vehicles throughout its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Diversity and Inclusion: Automobiles are for Everyone

At the San Diego Automotive Museum™, we strive to be as diverse and inclusive as the vehicles we display. Be yourself. Every race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience is valued and celebrated here. Everyone is welcomed, accepted, and respected.

Photography by Gilda Adler