On Saturday, November 6, the MPG revived in-person events for its members by hosting the 2021 Power Tour. Some 30 MPG members and guests attended the event. The group met at Motivo Engineering in Gardena for coffee and donuts and took a personal tour of the facility. The company is actively involved in several cutting-edge engineering projects, several with automotive applications. The MPG event proved members the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the firm’s projects.
Following the visit to Motivo, the participants were provided with detailed route directions that took them on a scenic drive through the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The route traveled along the coast, went through San Pedro, then over the Vincent Thomas Bridge and through Long Beach with the final destination the Lions Drag Strip Museum in Rancho Dominguez. The expansive museum was founded by Rick Lorenzen in December of 2019 and includes nearly 100,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits, and show vehicles highlighting Southern California’s famous (and occasionally infamous) car culture and motorsports history.
The participants enjoyed a tasty lunch that was served in the museum’s 50’s-style diner exhibit area and they were able to tour the museum at their leisure. The collection of vehicles and exhibits was truly impressive, and participants enjoyed the opportunity to experience the museum.
The MPG would like to thank MPG member Dean Case and Kat Azarian with Motivo Engineering as well as Lana Chrisman and Rick Lorenzen with the Lions Drag Strip Museum for hosting our group. MPG Board member and treasurer Larry Rusznak was instrumental in putting the event together and deserves special thanks.
The next scheduled MPG in-person event is the MPG Drive Day and 2021 MPG Awards ceremony including the Dean Batchelor Award that is slated for February 16, 2022. The twin events on a single day will be held at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu so be sure to mark your calendars. Registration and event Info will be published soon. Vehicle manufacturers who are interested in participating in the event should contact Michelle Suzuki, Aaron Gold, or Larry Rusznak for more information.