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Mullin Automotive Museum B&W

This past Saturday, July 14, 2012, I had my first opportunity to visit the Mullon Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. Dedicated to the display of French cars from the pre-World War Two era (with a few exceptions like the Czech-built Tatra). The private museum is open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

The collection is housed in the building that once housed the famed Otis Chandler Collection and the facility has been redesigned with an authentic Art Deco look to give the appearance of a Paris Auto Salon from the period between the wars. To say that the collection is stunning is an understatement to say the least.

I would like to note that while restored cars are the main focus of the collection, especially Bugattis, the Schlumph Reserve Collection (image 3) is a group of cars that have been purposely left in unrestored condition to preserve their originality, a movement that is gaining in popularity.

As the museum displays artifacts and photos of the era, I have taken the liberty of taking a black and white photo of the 1931 Paris Auto Salon as a reference (image 2), then I transformed all of my images into black and white (color photos can be found at http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/mullen-automotive-m/) and hope everyone enjoys viewing these photos, which for the most part have been captioned and identified (a few need to be captioned and I plan to upload some detail photos shortly).

Personally, I prefer the black and white photos to the color photos as I feel that the truly evoke the wonderful era before the Second World War when France was at the forefront of automotive design.

I would like to note that while photography is allowed at the Mullin Automotive Museum, photography with a tripod is not. This required that I shoot the collection hand-held using an exposure index of 640 or 1000 instead of my customary 100-200. This results in photos that are grainy (looking a bit like they were shot with Kodak Tri-X film) and do not print out well larger than 11 x 14 so please keep that in mind if you are purchasing any photographs from this folder.

Please feel free to leave comments and to view the rest of my albums posted at http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ and visit the Automotive Traveler homepage at http://automotivetraveler.com

Photos copyright 2012 by Richard Truesdell, all rights reserved.

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