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“Not Worth the Trip”
Review of Hot Rod City

Hot Rod City
Ranked #285 of 461 things to do in Las Vegas
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

After i heard that Dezer was connected to Hot Rod City I was looking forward to visiting here after my excellent visit to his museums in Miami. Boy was I disappointed.

First problem, I saw the Hot Rod City sign and went to turn but realized that I was turning into the parking lot for another business. I then took the second entrance but neither the business on the left nor the right looked like a museum. The museum is actually in a building (one of several) in the back that I only recognized due to the cars for sale outside.

Second problem, I go inside and the lady informs me that she can't check us in because the guy who works there isn't there right now and locked things up. She tells me to pay on the way out.

Third problem, she informs me that their air conditioner is broken. Great because this is Las Vegas and the temp is approaching the mid 90s.

My wife and I check out a few cars and scooters in front and then decide to head into the other larger room of the museum. I open the chain and my wife and I go into the museum.

Fourth problem, right after we go into the museum a guy who works there quickly approaches us and asks in a somewhat accusatory tone if we paid admission fees because only people who paid were supposed to be back there. I was somewhat surprised by his tone and I explained how we tried to pay but were told to pay on the way out by the lady who works there. He then changed his tone, mumbled something about her not wanting to do her job, and said it was OK to pay on the way out.

The fifth problem, and the biggest problem, was the collection itself. It's just not worth it. The museum cost is $15. The collection itself is rather small. If you look at the pictures from the previous review you will see the highlights of the collection. Other than that, there were a half dozen cars for sale out front, some tiny cars (which Mr Dezer seems to love to collect), some Vespa scooters, a few ordinary cars and about a dozen project cars (they were filthy and tightly parked together so you couldn't even look at them).

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This one's not on the strip, but not so far that you have to drive. I walked, turning onto Tropicana between New York New York and Excalibur, crossed the motorway (Interstate) on Tropicana, then took the next left onto Dean Martin Drive. If you are walking, it's worth crossing the road here at traffic lights before taking that left turn. Walk ahead for a few minutes, and it's just past a motel on your right. As well as having the car museum, they also have a fully functioning business with most aspects of repair and sales of (classic and boutique) cars, so you'll likely spot some beauties even before you reach the museum (which is on the right near the end).

I'll admit here that I'm not an expert at all on cars. I have a friend who owns a classic car in the UK, and as this was one of the attractions included on the Las Vegas Power Pass I thought it would be worth taking a look. I'm glad I did. At that stage, it wasn't listed in tripadvisor, and the Hot Rod City website wasn't very clear on the detail of the museum part of their business in Las Vegas, so I wasn't sure what to expect. In case they're still not, admisson fee would normally be $15, and they're open office hours (9am - 5pm, I think).

Onto the cars... They have a lot from the Dezer collection. I wasn't sure what this was, but there are some pretty impressive cars there. As well as the classics, there's a more fun selection of vehicles (or replicas of) familiar from tv and film (like Beverly Hillbillies, Knightrider - that one's funny because of the cut out Hasslehoff head :-), Back to the Future, Bat Man, A-Team, plus many more), as well as an array of bikes and army vehicles.

I can't really do it justice with description. There were many vehicles that didn't hold my interest at all, but some that made me say 'wow' out loud, and it was those that would make me recommend this place. It's a bit like art, and there's something there for everyone. I wasn't so keen on the little bright ones or the film ones, but some of the classic cars had been so well looked after or renovated, and just the shape and face of some of the cars was beautiful to see. I've added a selection of photos (ignore the times on them, the camera was on UK time) to this review, but they have so many more than this so just take the photos as a sampler.

The collection was obviously built up by people who have a love of classic cars, and it shows. They've mixed in a few more with commercial appeal, but this doesn't detract at all from the others. I'd say that if a family went, there would be something each of them would like.

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