So Long Mr Shelby

Sadly, Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, 2012. He was an enigma. Chicken Farmer, Race Car Driver, Car Builder, Heart Transplant Survivor and creator of the most recognizable car body style in the world. Very few people have ever achieved the level of success he did in the automobile world.

Carroll Shelby Signature

You will be missed by auto enthusiasts the world over.

We visited the Shelby museum/work shop a couple of years ago in Las Vegas. Check out the blog post and photo gallery.

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Happy Veterans Day

Thank You to all of those veterans and their families that served this country.

Thank You!

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Imperial Palace-A Car Museum You Can Shop

The Auto Collections at The Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada (@AutoCollection on Twitter) is billed as The World’s Largest Classic Car Showroom.  A significant number of the cars on display are for sale from the $14,500 Yugo to the multi-million dollar Ferrari’s and Rolls Royce’s.  If it catches your eye and your budget–just step over to the sales office and start the paperwork.

The last time I visited this museum was back in 2001 while on a business trip.  The museum appears to have been expanded and the collection has been turned over significantly.   A tip for those who plan ahead–you can visit their website and print a free admission coupon.

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This Cadillac convertible was located in the Grand Salon and appears to be suited for the Joker or Prince–who knows?  The purple on black color scheme was an absolutely amazing combination for such a stylish car.  The extensive use of chrome accented the lines and paint of this vehicle.
Imperial Palace

This 1946 Delahaye 135MS Roadster in a beautiful blue jumped off the floor with its flowing lines and classic styling.  This car has lived the life with time being spent in Hollywood and racing in Monterey.
Imperial Palace

I am willing to admit that I am getting older and my tastes are changing.  I used to hear my grandfather talking about the classic cars of the 1920′s and 1930′s and I just didn’t get it.  They lacked the flowing lines and big engines of the 1970′s muscle cars of my generation.

I can confidently say that I now get it! The workmanship, detail and materials were incredible and should be appreciated as a bygone era.  Of course this 100pt restoration of a 1931 Ford Model A doesn’t make it difficult to see all of those aspects.  You can take it home for $75,000 and impress the neighbor’s grandparents.  I am sure they get it.
Imperial Palace

If you find yourself in Las Vegas, don’t miss your chance to get out of the smoke filled casinos and make the journey over to the Imperial Palace Hotel parking garage to fill your eyes and noses (yes, oil and gas does smell better than smoke to me) with the Auto Collection.

Check out the full photo gallery here with more than 200 photos from my two different visits.

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Mr. Pappagiorgio, I presume?

Well, four slot machines and I won four cars. You know, I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car.

Who can forget that scene in Vegas Vacation when Rusty wins a car each time he drops some change in a slot machine. On a recent trip to Vegas my wife and I hit the casino floor after running the Vegas half marathon to try just that same feat. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay hotel and they featured a Corvette and a BMW 328 convertible on the casino floor.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

The Corvette stand even featured a Barrett-Jackson themed series of slot machines. Within a few minutes of sliding dollars into this slot machine the thrill was gone and my wife didn’t have a set of car keys in her hands. I guess the Corvette was not in the plans for this trip.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

A bit later I sat in front of the slot machines hosting the brand new BMW 328. A few dollars slid from my fingers into the slot and yet again I suffered the same fate of losing as my wife earlier did. The video displays touted the fact that a couple had won a 2007 BMW. Did they win the car in 2007 or did they win a 2 or 3 year old car. We started to remember previous trips to Vegas and went back through some photos.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

During a trip to Vegas in 2003 we tried to win a BMW Z3 roadster. That car was actually from 1998 and I had previously tried to win it in 2001. While I did walk away from that particular set of slot machines with a few coins more in my pocket than when I started I still did not get a set of keys.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

That Z3 is probably still sitting on the platform–except now it has made a million plus dollars for the casino over the many years. I tried to do some research on the odds of actually winning a car and it is like anything else in Vegas. I could not find any actual odds on winning a car but like the old saying goes, ” A fool and his money are easily parted.”

Win a Car--Griswold Style

The real question is:

  • Who wins these cars?
  • How often do they win them?
  • Why are they always sports cars?
  • I guess the casino’s know how to tap into our emotions with HOT cars and FLASHY lights and LOUD sounds.

    Win a Car--Griswold Style

    Next time in Las Vegas or any other gambling spot take a minute to drop a dollar in the slot machine and try your luck. You never know–you might pull the lever and take home a brand new (or few year old) sports car just like Rusty.

    Best of Luck!

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