Thursday, August 11, 2011

She's a Sweet Ride

Thank goodness I looked at our tickets before leaving the mansion tour, because I had completely forgotten that the admission price included entrance to some of the other exhibits on the grounds. We decided to visit 3 of them – a tour of Elvis’ custom jets, Elvis Presley: Fashion King and the Elvis Presley Car Museum. (There are a few more that we just didn’t have time for - Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story, '68 Special Exhibit and Elvis Lives: The King and Pop Culture Exhibit.)

The absolute sweetest man was working the door of the Elvis Presley Car Museum. When he found out we were from Brooklyn, he and I proceeded to chat about the Sons of the American Revolution (Dan REALLY enjoyed that!) and the various Revolutionary battles that took place in Brooklyn. As an aside, not sure if it’s a Southern thing, but pretty much EVERYONE in Tennessee and Arkansas asked where we were from. And when we said New York, the response was always ‘what are you doing down here?’ Give yourselves some credit! Both Tennessee and Arkansas are beautiful places. Why wouldn’t a Northerner want to come and see them?

But anyway, I digress. The museum itself houses some of Elvis’ most iconic cars and vehicles. The first 2 that we encountered were a pair of 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Clouds in black and white. A man after my own heart – you like it in one color, you buy it in another. I wouldn’t be able to decide either, Elvis.

Maybe you’ll recognize this 1960 MG MGA Roadster from the Elvis classic, Blue Hawaii. Oh you don’t? Yeah, I didn’t either.

Elvis owned not one but 4 Stutz Blackhawk III’s. The one pictured below is perhaps the most famous, as Elvis was driving it in the last photograph taken of him on August 16, 1977.

But of all the cars in the museum, the most recognizable was the pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60. Even though his mother, Gladys didn’t have a license, Elvis gave this car to her as a present. (Trivia: Elvis’ neighbor painted the car a customized pink color which Elvis dubbed ‘Elvis Rose.’)

There are over 33 vehicles in this museum including motorcycles, dune buggy, motorized 3 wheelers, snow mobile, golf cart and a John Deere 4010 tractor.

Up next, Elvis’ planes! But on the way to that exhibit, I somehow ended up in 2 separate gift shops and blew $100 bucks on Elvis stuff. How that happened, I still don’t know.

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