National Automobile Museum & Campo Restaurant

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
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Trip End Oct 02, 2013


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Sunday, August 25, 2013




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We got most of our shopping done yesterday so we thought we'd do some sightseeing.  We decided to go to the National Automobile Museum, which is considered one of the top automobile museums in the country.  The museum was started with a donation from Harrah's of nearly 200 cars from the Harrah Collection, which numbered over 1,000 cars at the time of Bill Harrah's death.  The rest of the cars were sold at auction..

I was impressed as soon as I walked in the door and saw the 24kt gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12, one of three made.  They have many other extremely rare cars in their collection.  One that I was surprised to see was Buckminster Fuller's only surviving Dymaxion car.  The car they're most proud of is their 1907 Thomas Flyer, which one the 1908 New York to Paris auto race.  That might sound like an impossible race since the Atlantic Ocean is in the way but the original plan was for the entrants to drive to Alaska and then drive across the ice on the Bering Straight to Russia.  Things didn't go as planned and the cars wound up getting to Asia by ship.

After the museum we did a little shopping and then headed for Campo for dinner.  My friend's daughter had heard that the chef had won some awards and had made the reservation for us.  We had a fine dinner and then wandered into a casino. My friend and his daughter played blackjack for a while.  Then we wandered back to our hotel and went to bed.
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