The Petersen Automobile Museum in Los Angeles, CA will honor John Lasseter at their annual gala, Comedy and Cars, taking place on October 4, 2012.
Autoweek noted, “In the past, we have honored automotive icons who have improved our lives through motorsports and industry innovation,” said Steve Young, chairman of the board of the museum. “We felt it was time to recognize those who have used the gift of humor to promote the enjoyment of the automobile as a creative outlet, and the call to use it to explore the highways of America.”
John Lasseter will be awarded The Petersen Automobile Museum 2012 Automotive Visionary Award. An award that is well-deserved, since Lasseter was one of the visionaries who brought us, Lighting McQueen, Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure, and was given a “Cars” alter-ego of “John Lassetire” in Cars 2.
“The Petersen Museum has the same passion for cars that we at Pixar have for animation, and our great friendship extends back to the early days of research for the first “Cars” movie. We are kindred spirits, and I’m honored both as a filmmaker and lifelong car lover to receive this award.” – John Lasseter
UPDATED: The event took place last night, a summary from Autoweek can be read here.