The Movie Cars

As you can tell by my last post, I really like cars. A lot. So when I heard that some of the Fast and Furious cars were on display at the Gold Strike Casino in Jean, Nevada, I was thrilled.

Obviously, Fast and Furious is my favorite movie series. (The seventh is my favorite, but the second one is really close behind.) So we went to the casino on the way out of Nevada. It was magnificent.

They had cars from Fast Five to Furious 7, including Tej’s Jeep, Dom’s Camaro, and Bryan’s Challenger. They also had the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and the Batmobile. The casino itself is pretty far out of town and honestly not quite as exciting as any of the casinos on the Strip, but it was definitely worth the stop, and I would recommend it as a must-see for any car or movie lover.

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Shelby American and The Auto Collections

Las Vegas is home to many iconic things like slot machines, David Copperfield, and losing a bunch of money, but did you know that Vegas is home to something even better?

The Shelby American headquarters, where they make the Cobra and Super Snake Mustangs, lives right off Las Vegas Boulevard.

The headquarters is a huge building where, not only do they make the cars, but they have a major collection of everything from the original car that Carroll Shelby built himself, to the GT500 Super Snake that sits at the top of Ford’s Mustang lineup today. They had a couple 1965 Daytona coupes and a 1963 Cobra LeMans, built to compete against the Ferrari roadsters of the day.

This was definitely a huge highlight for me, being a Mustang guy myself. It was so much fun I almost didn’t want to leave, but leaving kinda panned out because next up on the to do list was the Auto Collections at the Linq casino. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge them)

The Linq is a slightly smaller casino, but very high end and, for lack of a more lavish word, fancy. It claims to be the home of the world’s largest classic automobile showroom. Almost all of the cars were for sale, including a 1972 Lamborghini Espada, a 1971 Bradley GT coupe, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, and a 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud that is one of two in existence being sold for $1,950,000. But the coolest part is, we saw its twin at the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina!

They also had cars that were too priceless to sell and were being stored away, safe from rock-chips and fender benders. These cars are beautiful, rare, stunning, and are worth such a ridiculous sum that if you owned them you wouldn’t want them anywhere but a climate controlled auto collection, either. These beautiful pieces of history include the cars of John F. Kennedy, Johnny Carson, and Marilyn Monroe. Other cars that are not for sale include:

A 1994 Jaguar XJ 220, a 2002 Rolls Royce, pre-production Phantom prototype, a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC prototype, and, you guessed it, MORE! Almost all of these cars cost as much as a comfortably sized house and are in better condition than most cars that have never left the dealership. Its was pretty amazing. So next time you’re shopping for a birthday present for that special blogger in your life, make sure to check out The Auto Collections.


Las Vegas 2016

First off, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and welcome back! You may remember last time we went to Las Vegas. It was almost three years ago, and one of the first places we went on this huge adventure. So now, as the TurtleTells Trip comes full circle, with only six states left to see, here we are again.

It’s funny, isn’t it, how you can get used to almost anything? Last Las Vegas, for example (I don’t use months and years to remember things so much as places anymore), my maximum driving time per day was two and a half hours, maybe three if I was feeling especially cheerful. But now a standard moving day is 3 to 5 hours, no big deal. It’s business-as-usual to pack up all the fragile stuff in my room, unhook from the water and electric, “stow” the kitchen while Mom and Gordon put the car on the tow dolly, and snuggle up with a fat book for a few hours (not that I’m not constantly reading some big book or other anyway.) I’m even getting over my motion sickness.

But enough reminiscing. 186 words already, and I haven’t said a thing about what we’ve done in Las Vegas this time around! For starters, we had an, er, eventful first night. We were driving back from our Grandparent’s house, where we had spent Christmas and New Years, and we were going to have to stay the night in a hotel. See, we had left our motor home in storage, and we had started so late that morning that we couldn’t complete the six hour drive before the storage place closed. After a lot of searching for a hotel, we got one. It looked pretty nice when we got there, and we were all looking forward to collapsing in bed as we opened the door to our room. One minor problem, though: There weren’t any beds to collapse in. There was a low-definition TV on a dresser, an armchair, a swivel chair, and a half-ripped up carpet. Uh oh.  So Mom and Dad went down to sort it out, and it turns out that some of the rooms were being remodeled, and that happened to be one of them. So no big deal, we got another room and it was fine. But that’s one new experience, and those are getting rare.

At our Las Vegas Church, Central Christian, we saw a mini Elvis impersonator show!

We also went to The Mentalist, a show that’s full of mind tricks so crazy you’re sure they’re set up: but they’re not. The Mentalist is a man named Gerry McCambridge, who plays serious tricks with your brain. He chose three random people from the front row, and had them each in turn choose  a side of a die, one particular number, without letting him see it. Then he would guess what number they chose, and each time he got it right.

The thing that sets this apart from “magic,” is that Gerry McCambridge tells you how he does things, and they’re still amazing! He tells you what technique he used each time to influence the people to choose one number, so that he could guess the number correctly. For example, he kept pointing, but used four fingers instead of one, to influence one guy to choose four. And it worked! It’s incredible.

He had someone draw something, and he guessed, blindfolded, what it was she drew. He could tell just by listening!  He also knows statistics of everything, which helps. He knew most women of her age would draw a wheelchair, for whatever reason, and so when he heard her drawing he had hints. It was, in fact, a wheelchair, and he did get it right.

imageThen, with his blindfold still on, and silver dollars taped over his eyes so he couldn’t see at all, he proceeded to guess initials of people in the room and then guess their full names, their occupations, and all sorts of things about them. It was a little unsettling. I’ve got to go now, but if ever you’re in Las Vegas and get the opportunity, it’s absolutely amazing to see The Mentalist at work.