The Petersen Automotive Museum, in partnership with the Velocity Invitational, will host “The Future of Motorsports Panel Discussion and Auction” at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on November 12, 2021. The event will be headlined by a panel discussion from some of today’s most influential figures in the automotive industry including McLaren Racing’s Zak Brown and Ford’s Jim Farley.
The event will feature a panel of several high-profile figures in the motorsports world, including Jim Farley, CEO of Ford; Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing; Richard Varner, CFO of MotoAmerica and chairman of the Board of Directors at the Petersen Museum; Jay Frye, President of INDYCAR and Jacob Hawksworth, Founder and CEO of Hypercraft. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to these legendary automotive personalities discuss the future of motorsports through their respective lenses.
Alongside the panel discussion, a live auction will feature a number of high end, motorsports-themed items available to bid on. The auction includes a racing suit worn by Dan Gurney at the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix, a ride-along with Bruce Canepa in one of his personal race cars, a signed painting by ex-Formula1 driver and painter Stefan Johansson and an ESP LTD James Hetfield Signature Iron Cross electric guitar signed by the Metallica frontman himself.
“We are honored to be a part of the first Velocity Invitational event. One of our goals at the Petersen is to educate people about the history of racing and we are proud to offer a long list of vehicles and exhibits that have highlighted different moments in motorsport history.” – Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges
As part of the Velocity Invitational event, the Petersen will bring the Hetfield Collection which features James Hetfield’s personal collection of custom cars. Cars on display include his 1936 Packard “Aquarius,” 1936 Auburn Speedster replica “Slow Burn,” 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe “Iron Fist,” 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “Voodoo Priest,” 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl” and 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper.”
The Future of Motorsports Panel and Auction takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Turn 1 hospitality pavilion at the track, giving guests views of the “Mini vs. Mustang” Enduro Challenge race at 5 p.m. that evening. Dinner attendees receive access to VIP parking on Friday as well as dinner and a selection of local fine wines. Event and live auction proceeds will be donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Velocity Invitational takes place November 11-14 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. with back-to-back races held daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the Velocity Invitational and to buy tickets for The Future of Motorsports Panel Discussion and Auction, please visit VelocityInvitational.com. For more information about exhibits and events put on by the Petersen Museum, please visit Petersen.org.