Today was cars, cars and more cars. I started off the day at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to see the temporary exhibit “Sensuous Steel – Art Deco Automobiles”. It’s an exhibition of Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States. The exhibition is inspired by the Frist Center’s Art Deco Post Office building and features automobiles and motorcycles in the Art Deco style from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Art Deco period was a time of elegance and was influenced by the Art Deco movement that began in Paris in the early 1920’s. Automakers built sleek new streamlined shapes with aircraft-inspired materials. There were 18 automobiles and two motorcycles in the exhibition from some of the most important collectors and collections in the United States. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoyed the exhibition.
Nashville is a honey hole for DDD’ so after the Frist I went to one for lunch. Arnold Country Kitchen was featured in “Old Time Attitude” in Season 9. It’s a small place in an old industrial section of Nashville that has been partially reclaimed. I entered the front door and saw a line that stretched back to the door. It’s like a cafeteria. You pick out you food on the serving line and then find a place to sit. I struck up a conversation with a couple from Austin, TX who likes to visit DDD’s too. I ordered brisket, green beans, and collard greens which were pretty good, but the best was the home made peach pie with whipped cream. After we got our lunch we sat together and I found out we had a lot in common. They are retired and have a motorhome, a big diesel bus, but used to have a Winnie. They had just come from the Antique Archeology store here in Nashville. I forgot the American Pickers had opened their second store here a year or two ago. I had to get there before leaving town. Their trip was headed north, but they thought they might be go to Disney World before retuning to Texas.
After lunch, I headed to Lane Motor Museum. With my ticket from Sensuous Steel and my senior discount, it only cost me $3 to see more than 150 cars and motorcycles. This is the Eclectic Europeans part of the title of today’s post. The Lane Museum specializes in cars from every where but the United States with a focus on European Marques, one of the few in the US to do so. The Museum has been developed in a well-known Nashville landmark, the former Sunbeam Bakery. It was built in 1951. The 132,000 square-foot facility was the largest and most modern bakery in the area at the time of its opening. The bakery building has been outfitted for the museum’s needs but they left many of the original characteristics like high ceilings, lots of natural light, and brick and maple wood flooring. The cars are displayed on the 40,000 square foot main floor. Notable collections within the collection are micro-cars and 3-wheel cars. Jeff Lane established the Lane Motor Museum in 2002. He has been an automotive enthusiast since he began restoring his first car, a 1955 MG TF, when he was a teen. His personal collection was the donation that began the foundation. One of the more interesting of his collection was a 1974 Volvo 142 called “Big Orange”. He bought it with the intention of making it a race car, but it turned out it was the wrong year for the class he wanted to race in so it sat in his yard gathering moss for 2 years. He eventually got it running and used it in his business, drove it to Florida and Michigan a couple of times, and still drives it a couple of times a year. Lane Motor Museum unveiled its collection to the public in October of 2003 which has grown to over three hundred cars since then.
After the tip at lunch, I had to visit Antique Archeology. It’s located in an old factory that housed the Marathon Motor Car Company that made cars from 1914 to 1918. It a small shop that is jam packed with items from picks and branded stuff to buy. I recognized a few things from the shows like the big fiberglass pig head that Frank wore. The place was packed, but it seemed like people were looking and taking pictures rather than buying. The prices were consistent with what you see on TV for the retail price. I assume there is bargaining room built into them. I bought a T-shirt for $25, full retail.
To top off a nearly perfect day for me, what else but a DDD for dinner. I headed to the Vanderbilt University neighborhood for some Italian at Savarino’s Cucina. It appeared in “Gone Global” in season 10. I had rigatoni, sausage, and meatballs. It was good, but a tad salty for my taste. With a full belly, I headed back to Winnie to get ready to leave tomorrow.
It's too late for the pictures from the Lane, so I'll post them tomorrow. Good night.