While I was in the US over Christmas, I made the trip to Graceland. I'm not an Elvis Presley fan by any means, but it is a place that certainly warrants a visit if you are nearby. I thoroughly recommend it. Across the road from the Graceland Mansion are the Graceland attractions, such as Elvis' own aeroplanes, parked oddly at the side of the road and exposed to the elements. You can actually board these planes and see how much Elvis spent in having them customised, with gold sinks & khazi etc. As I say, the place is definitely worth a visit. You can easily spend a day there and enjoy it without being a fan of his music.
Also opposite the mansion is the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum which houses a considerable number of the cars that Elvis owned over the years. It's great that these motors have survived and are now safely displayed inside the museum.
Here are a selection of photos I took that day. Unfortunately but as expected, the place was very busy (December 27th) so it was quite difficult to get shots without people getting in the frame.
I've remembered where I have come across the name Stutz before.
There was a TV series called Bearcats! that featured Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole. It was a western set in 1914 and the the two leads used a Stutz Bearcat. Not sure if it was shown in the UK as I was living in the Republic of Ireland at the time (1971) and it was shown on RTE.
“I thought my mother was a bad cook but at least her gravy used to move about".
Wonderful photos once again Gene, thanks for posting.
I'm not a fan of Elvis either but would certainly appreciate visiting his car collection.
Standout cars for me are the MGA and the Dino 308 GT4. Although not the most favoured of Ferraris the 308 GT4 takes me back to '73 - '78 when I used to see them where I lived at Thorpe. Maranello's at Egham had their workshops on the Thorpe Industrial Estate and I'd see them passing the end of our road. The father of one of Annie's friends worked for Maranello in their workshops so would often have a car on trial overnight. More than once I saw Annie and her friend being dropped off at school in one of those 308s, but that was in the days before seat belts when it wasn't unusual for two kids would squeeze into the passenger seat.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Feb 9, 2020 19:08:34 GMT
Many thanks Gene, excellent photos and much appreciated as I often have wondered what was in the Elvis car museum and which cars had been preserved. I have seen the red MGA and the white Lincoln Coninental 1956 at an Elvis exhibition in London end of 2015 along with many of the other artifacts.
I quite like the Rolls Royces and Mercs in particular myself and the rest are great to see too. Not a massive expert or devoted fan of Elvis although I'll always know his songs whenever they're played, don't mind a few of them and he was a new and very different, singer when he first burst onto the scene that caused a stir at the time along with his distinctive voice.