In 2 days Liberace’s autos will be together again. This will happen, appropriately, at the Hollywood Cars Museum at Hot Rod City in Las Vegas. In the February 2016 Where, a magazine about Las Vegas attractions, editors listed the 10 things they currently love about Las Vegas and “Getting up close and personal to our favorite movie vehicles at the Hollywood Cars Museum, just west of the Strip on 5115 Dean Martin Drive,” was #10. I would rate it less enthusiastically, but if your idea of a great time is to go to Graceland or see a James Bond Lotus Esprit submarine car, you will probably love the Hollywood Cars Museum.
Jay Ohrberg has created many cars for movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. He has also collected them, been a stunt car driver, and built unusual custom cars. However, this is the 1st museum to showcase his career and collection, and Las Vegas is the perfect town to have it. Jay’s vehicles have been featured in such movies as Back to the Future, Robocop, Batman Returns, etc., and this museum’s website says that it houses more than 100 cars. Jay didn’t design all of them. For example, on display is a car that Paul Walker drove in the first Fast & Furious film. Looking a bit like a demolition derby combatant, it has a poster over it broken windshield showing Walker slouched against a hot car with the words “Live Fast, Die Young” over his head. I personally could have skipped seeing this and Herbie the Love Bug and the Flintstones family car, but I must admit I got frissons seeing the actual car shot up for the movie Bonnie & Clyde, the brilliant yellow DeSoto taxi with suicide doors reconditioned for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, etc. Wandering through this collection certainly brought home the fact that, along with humans, cars actually star in many movies and shows.
Once called Mr. Showmanship and a flamboyant entertainer who lived by the motto “Too much of a good thing is wonderful,” Liberace would drive a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V onto the stage when performing at the Las Vegas Hilton. The actual vehicle was featured in the recent film about Liberace’s life and career called Behind the Candelabra. That vehicle and several others associated with Liberace will be reunited for the first time in 8 years in one room in the Hollywood Cars Museum. This will be open to the public on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 10 am.