The Petersen Automotive Museum (above, David Zaitz photo) is the recipient of the 2016 International Historic Motoring Award for Museum or Collection of the Year. The award was presented to Petersen Board Chairman Peter Mullin at the Guildhall in London last Thursday, November 17, given in honor of the facility’s transformation into one of the world’s greatest automotive museums. Mr. Mullin was also presented with an award of his own for Personal Achievement of the Year.
The International Historic Motoring Awards are based on nominations from the automotive industry and its enthusiast public, then selected by a panel of judges featuring well-known automotive names like Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, Nick Mason, Dave Kinney and Jay Leno. The awards began in 2011, seeking to honor the people, cars and institutions that best exemplify the classic car hobby.
“We are humbled and honored to receive Museum of the Year,” said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “The other museums nominated for this award are all groundbreaking and world-class, so to be named alongside them is an honor. This recognition validates all the hard work our team has put in over the last two years on this massive undertaking.”
Since the museum reopened in December of 2015, the Petersen has taken its place on the world’s stage as one of the top automotive museums, featuring cutting edge design and unprecedented displays of cars that have never been displayed elsewhere. Mullin’s award was given in honor of his role in the Petersen’s transformation, as well as his own personal commitment to car culture and elevating it in the eyes of the public.
“I feel very privileged to have been asked to accept this incredible award on behalf of the Petersen Museum,” said Mullin. “Everyone at the museum has put in an astounding amount of work to make the Petersen what it is today, and they truly deserve this award. I’m also honored to have been singled out for a Personal Achievement award by these prestigious judges.”