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Deuce Week Hits the Streets

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Occasional car nuts that we are, LAist couldn't be more stoked about the big event this weekend. Mid-Wilshire will be crawling with genuine hot rods all this weekend as part of the 75th anniversary of the '32 Ford, affectionately known as The Deuce. The Petersen Automobile Museum will be the focal point for all things Deuce-ish all this weekend, as 750 of the Fords are expected to turn out for what is certainly to be the largest such gathering in recent memory. Fords have been rolling in all week and many of them will be taking up residence on the second floor of the museum for an exhibit lasting through March 20th.

For those of you unacquainted with hot rod lore, the 1932 Ford Coupes and Roadsters spawned what are widely regarded as the first hot rods. Used examples, especially valued for their powerful V-8 engines, flooded the market following World War II. Cheap and easy fixes could turn what was once a utilitarian go-getter into a formidably potent street machine. Though the lowly Honda Civic can arguably claim to be the modern day equivalent to the Deuce, it hardly seems as though we'll be celebrating its 75th in 2047.