Popular Media And The Car

The Automobile as an Iconic Symbol

“Get your kicks on Route 66.”- Bobby Troup

The cult of the car has been associated from the beginning with many different forms of popular entertainment, such as music, film, television shows and comic books.

Hollywood not only glamorized the automobile in classic films such as Bullitt and American Graffiti, but also gave us many famous actors and actresses who were keen car enthusiasts, such as Mary Pickford, Gary Cooper, James Dean and Steve McQueen.

California rock ‘n’ roll artists and groups, such as Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, continually celebrated in song the teenage rite-of-passage and love affair that came with owning a car.

California State Capitol Museum – The Road Ahead Exhibit

This is a website specifically for the “The Road Ahead: The Automobile’s Impact on California” Exhibit. Dates: May 23, 2018 – April 29, 2019 at the California State Capitol Museum.

For Museum-related information such as contacts, hours and location: Visit capitolmuseum.ca.gov.