Rae and Ted Segerstrom cast long shadows in Orange County, California. They are big game real estate developers and investors, and they are the title sponsors of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Their fingerprints are all over the South Coast Plaza, among America’s most highly-rated shopping and entertainment complexes. Lots of hard work, blended with considerable good luck and timing, have made the Segerstroms wealthy beyond words—so much so that grand-scale philanthropy now occupies a considerable amount of their time and attention.
The Story of the Segerstroms
Mr. Segerstrom’s first Shelby Mustang was a used ’69 GT500, back when Mr. Segerstrom was a much younger man (and when a secondhand Shelby was a still-special, but not yet outrageously-priced used car). As so often happens with such pursuits, he loved it—and one Shelby Mustang became two, then three, then several Cobras. You can see the pattern here.
Segerstrom soon owned nearly 100 cars, including Bosses, Machs, and other special high-performance Fords. The Segerstroms even became personal friends and platinum-level VIP customers of Carroll Shelby himself. It also wasn’t long before they had cars stashed here and there, in warehouses and garages. That’s when they were struck by an idea: to find a place their fleet of special Shelbys and Fords could live and be shared.
The realization of that dream is the Segerstrom Shelby Event Center—the culmination of five years of dreams, hard work, and continuous investment. To make it look and work the way they envisioned, they engaged the services of The Scenic Route (a creative and architectural company that builds big things like blockbuster movie sets). This is the same company responsible for the nearby Mullin Automotive Museum and the massive remodel of the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Inside the Segerstrom Shelby Event Center
The Segerstrom Center isn’t technically a museum, but it certainly has that look and feel. A few of the cars on display here are on loan from various friends or collections, but almost everything you see belongs to the people whose name is on the door.
The spaces are airy and permeable, with high-tech LED lighting and brilliant, elegant “museumcraft” (videos, vehicle placards, information walls, and multi-use spaces). Besides housing
By: Matt Stone
Title: NOW OPEN: The Segerstrom Shelby Event Center
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Published Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:44:36 +0000
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