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1933 Packard 1001 Coupe Roadster

1933 Packard 1001 Coupe Roadster

I worked out that it wasn’t so much jet lag as simple lack of sleep that was making me feel decidedly odd after the return trip from Las Vegas.

Between getting up on Wednesday morning and going to bed at home on Friday night, we’d had precisely four hours sleep out of fifty-five!

But we are getting back on an even keel after a very long sleep and I’m starting to realise some of the things I didn’t mention about our trip, so this is by way of a catch up, starting with the Imperial Palace Auto Collection.

1961 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1961 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

The world’s largest classic car showroom can be found at the Imperial Palace Hotel and is one of the best value for money attractions in Vegas.

We’d read about it in our Rough Guide to the city and when we called at Tix4Tonight to book our tickets for KÀ, we bought a couple for the auto collection for just $4 each which proved to be a bargain.

Whether you’re into old cars or not, you can’t help but smile at the beauty of the lines of the classic designs, but if you’re a photo freak and a petrol head, it is heaven.

1950 Cadillac Series 61 Rick Dore Custom

1950 Cadillac Series 61 Rick Dore Custom

I took around 200 shots of the $100 million dollar collection in the ninety minutes we spent there and could have taken more and spent longer there if we hadn’t had other places to visit while on The Strip.

The collection was built by Ralph Engelstad, the owner of the Imperial Palace before his death in 2002. That he was controversial probably goes without saying and his collection included cars previously owned by some of the world’s worst dictators.

Engelstad was fined $1.5 million in 1989 after he hosted a Nazi themed party at the hotel amidst revelations that he also held a large collection of Nazi memorabilia.

1957 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop

1957 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop

The Nevada Gaming Commission imposed the fine ‘for actions that damaged the reputation and image of Nevada’s gaming industry,’ and you have to be pretty extreme to do that.

In any event, there were no Nazi limousines on display when we visited, although we did see JFK’s 1962 Lincoln Continental.

I’ve included  just a few of the photos I took that day in this post and there are more on my Flickr page, but if you happen to be in Vegas and can tear yourself away from the gaming tables, I recommend a visit.

That’s assuming the collection remains after the site is redeveloped as was announced by Caesars Entertainment Corporation last year. The demolition began on the day we arrived on The Strip.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Polite Pudding 13th May 2012

    Glad to hear that sleep is befriending you once more and thanks for the information about the Imperial Palace car collection. Have a nice day. You have my personal permission to have Yorkshire puddings with your Sunday dinner.

  • Mr Parrot 13th May 2012

    Thanks YP, Yorkshire pudding sounds like a plan, assuming we go for the Sunday roast rather than the humble pie if City win this afternoon.


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