Classic Cars and more in Laughlin Nevada USA
For some it will be a trip down memory lane, for a few of us it will be the chance to view up close the vehicles that we wanted to own, and for others it will be an opportunity to admire the restoration of beautiful machines. Browsing through the Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum Auto Exhibit is an undeniable feast for the eyes.
Over 30,000 square feet of hall space houses the exhibition located on the third floor of the Riverside Casino south tower. There are over 100 vehicles here, mainly cars and motor bikes. Each one is well labelled with the year, type and details of the vehicle, and who it is owned by. A lot of the displays here are on loan from private collectors. It was a pleasure to not just be able to admire the pristine condition of the displays, but also to learn some information about each one.
Whether an antique, a classic or a collector’s vehicle, there is something here to attract most car enthusiasts and admirers. Don Laughlin, the owner of the casino and the man whom the town is named after, is an avid automobile collector.
Looking at the 1904 Holsman 2-cylinder motor, it makes you realise how far the automobile industry has come in just over 100 years. Could the early designers of the Holsman has conceived of electric vehicles? It also makes me wonder what people will be using for transport one hundred years from now.
Anyone who has seen the move Back to the Future will recognize the 1981 Delorean on display. I remember watching the movie and wishing I could be seated next to Michael J. Fox in this futuristic looking machine.
If a vehicle is available for purchase, there is a for sale sign and price noted on its information board.
Some of the machines have a fascinating story attached to them. The 1980 Honda Gold Wing motorbike on loan, is owned by Emilio Scotto. From 1985 to 1995 he travelled the world on this bike, having circled the world clockwise and counterclockwise consecutively. He covered 735,000 kms (460,000 miles) and visited 232 countries. Emilio is listed in the Guiness book of world records as the King of the Road. The bike is estimated to cost $3.5 million dollars.
There are also tow trucks, children’s pedal cars, Star Wars costumes, toy cars, space station badges and antique gaming tables on display in the hall. As you exit, there is a giftshop selling souvenirs and food items.
For a $3USD entry fee, it is a small investment to wander through and admire the displays. It takes around an hour to walk through the hall. As I left, I could only fantasize about owning and driving one of these fabulous dream machines.
There are a few more ever-changing vehicles located in a small show room on the ground floor near the north tower, as well as a collection of antique slot machines. This is just the start of the amazing things to see and do at the Riverside Casino in Laughlin Nevada USA.