Orange County Auto Museums
Astor Classics Auto Museum
Art Astor is the owner, President and CEO of the Inland Empire’s KSPA AM 1510 (softer side of the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s) and North San Diego’s KFSD AM 1450 (classical) and KCEO AM 1000 (financial news and talk). Art is a veteran of over 50 years in Southern California broadcasting.
Mr. Astor is a California native, born in Fresno to Armenian-immigrant parents who came to this country to escape the genocide. Art has been a Southern Californian since his father, an attorney, relocated his young family to Los Angeles when Art was only 5 years old. Art’s education included graduation from Los Angeles High School and, after a tour of duty with the Air Force, he returned to attend the University of Southern California and earned a degree in communications.
Art’s automobiles are his second passion, radio being the first love of his life, with some 270 cars now in his collection. The classics range from Packards to Pontiacs, Morgans to Mustangs, several Jaguars, Rolls Royces, and Howard Hughes’ 1940 Cadillac Formal Town Sedan, to name just a few. Each of Art’s cars is special in some way: perhaps it is a rare vehicle, or has an interesting history, or reminds Art of some special event in his own life. Every car is a “driver,” and Art takes each one out for a spin every few weeks.
Additionally, Art has created a museum which houses the world’s largest collection of working and beautifully restored antique telephones and radios. He has wonderful collections of model trains, gas pumps, antique slot machines, pedal cars, movie memorabilia and other interesting “stuff.”
The Astor Classics Event Center is dedicated to advancing education and knowledge through the preservation, restoration, and presentation of a living collection of automotive and communication technologies. It is here at the Astor Classics Event Center and Living Automotive and Communication Museum where this dream assemblage has become a reality.
Marconi Auto Museum
First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the Marconi…Host your next event at Orange County’s only Automotive Museum dedicated to raising funds for at risk children. Together we can make a difference! http://www.marconimuseum.org/