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‘Quirky Rides’ exhibit features size-shocking custom cars



andy-saunders-picasso-citroen1-300x200-4233406-6319094At the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, in downtown Reno you’ll always find exotic and unique cars, big and small–but soon you’ll be able to see quirky rides that defy all rules of design.

“Quirky Rides,” featuring cars created by British customizer Andy Saunders and others, will open Nov. 4 at the National Automobile Museum on the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in downtown Reno.

The Masterpiece Exhibit will feature a couple of Saunders’ creations that will have visitors wondering if they really are cars or if they’re art. Then they’ll wonder if they’re real.

“Quirky Rides” will feature these cars:

· Picasso Car was inspired by the artist of the same name. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Pi-car-so.” It’s colorful, out of balance and unforgettable. Saunders took a Citroen and created an asymmetrical and abstract car after seeing Pablo Picasso’s paintings, Three Musicians and the portrait of Dora Maar. This Picasso’s Citroen is fully roadworthy and capable of hitting 65 mph.

· The miniscule Mini Ha Ha redefines “economy of sale,” and the itty bitty car can actually perform a wheely in reverse. The Mini Cooper was cut into three pieces and shortened two feet, seven inches. It has a 1300cc engine.

· Plus you’ll see a car fashioned from a pile of mismatched wood and a taxicab that didn’t have collecting fares in mind.

National Automobile Museum Executive Director Jackie Frady is inviting visitors to “Come share a laugh with us.” And laugh you will. Right after you pick your jaw up off the floor.

Costs and Contact

The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Family memberships are available for $70 per year, which includes parents, their children and grandchildren under the age of 19.

Free parking is available in the museum’s parking lot, off Mill Street. For more information, call 775-333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.

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