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‘Quirky Rides’ exhibit features unique cars of all sizes



While you will always find exotic and unique cars, big and small at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno – you’ll soon be able to see some quirky rides that defy all rules of design.

“Quirky Rides” featuring cars created by British customizer Andy Saunders and others will open Nov. 4, 2010.

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:

  • 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 shorted 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.

Museum Hours & Contact Information

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. Parking is free. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.

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