Art meets automobile

Art meets automobile at the Scottsdale International Auto Museum — located at the Pavilions at Talking Stick. It’s near the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery, and it’s open Sundays so you can stop in while checking out the new Scottsdale Street Fair.

I took a spin through the museum with my son last month, and enjoyed the nostalgic feeling that comes from seeing cars similar to those once owned or wished for. For most of us, automobiles are just one more way of getting from here to there.

But once we let a particular car go, we realize just how filled it was with memories. We lost our Volvo station wagon one day when I had our kids had three nearly overlapping recitals. We let go of our tiny Toyota the year our first child was born. We went from Honda minivan to Honda sedan once carpooling days were behind us.

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Several vehicles we spotted at the Scottsdale International Auto Museum reminded me of days past — and I had fun sharing snippets of personal and cultural history with Christopher as we spied them. The Camaro that reminded me of a car my dad passed down to me the day I earned my master’s degree. The trucks that reminded me of his family’s implement business in South Dakota.

Also the cars that hearken to earlier days in music or pop culture. The museum includes an homage to hometown musician Alice Cooper, and a vignette of Elvis memorobelia. Also a car decorated with Jerry Lee Lewis fare, a lovely reminder that the musical “Million Dollar Quartet” makes its way to the Valley this year.

The museum houses all sorts of trucks, old-fashioned buggies, souped up motorcycles, vintage automobiles and cars with an eco-friendly spin. Also automobile paraphernalia and driver mementos. Even artwork — including paintings, posters and photographs.

It’s also home to a gift shop with eclectic offerings from vintage bench seats bearing graphics like flames to poodles skirts dotted with the obligatory pooches. Need a pair of big furry dice for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Now you know where to find them. Just promise me you’ll leave my name out of it.

Let me know, if you go, what your kids enjoyed most. Maybe the pink car with cattle horns? The black and yellow pirate theme car? The museum is open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm and Sun noon to 5pm. Admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors and free for kids. Click here to learn more.

— Lynn

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