I was going through pictures on my aging iPhone last week, trying to cut back to no more than two or three hundred of our two photogenic cats, when I happened upon this batch that I had taken late last year. Mrs. Working Stiff and I had gone to Raleigh, NC, to visit my brother and sister-in law at their cool pad – a Boylan Heights bungalow.
We had a great time as always. One fun thing in particular that we did was to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art to see a temporary exhibit of beautiful classic cars. I’m sorry that I’m just writing this a few weeks after the exhibit has ended, but it was really something to see and at least I have these pictures to share!
The exhibit was called “Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ‘40s”. I had originally intended to capture a shot of the plaque listing the name of each car and giving a description, but I must have gotten caught up in all the automotive beauty and lost track of that mission. In the pictures below I note the name of the car if I happen to know it. This is just a small sampling of the cars that were there, with one amazing motorcycle thrown in. I like to think that I’d always recognize a Bugatti when I see one, and in fact I did from across the room on that day. I got one good picture of it.
I did get a few great pictures (below) of the 1938 Talbot Lago, an absolutely lovely work of art in rolling steel and rubber. Some of us who have read the best-selling thrillers by prolific author Clive Cussler, (Raise the Titanic, Sahara, many others), may recall that his hero Dirk Pitt owned a Talbot Lago. I think this is somewhat of an auto-biographical reference as Clive Cussler himself is a noted collector of rare and classic cars.
If you find yourself in the Raleigh area and want to visit a very nice (and not overwhelming) museum, give this one a shot. My brother and I saw the special M. C. Escher exhibit there the year before that was also really cool. (Though looking at more than a few Escher works in quick succession can tire the brain!)
Enjoy the pictures. Note the close up of the “hood ornament” on the Avions Voisin. Yikes! I don’t want to get hung up on that. Looks like something that could be mounted on one of the killer cars from that cinematic masterpiece “Death Race 2000”.
The Working Stiff