Do you have a dream car? Is there a car you’ve wanted for as long as you can remember? Is it vintage, or maybe still on the showroom floor? Are you looking for speed, or is it all about appearance? A visit to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA could be just what you need to rev those fantasies back to life. And getting there? It’s just a quick five-minute drive from our art-filled bed and breakfast in Atlanta, Stonehurst Place.
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
“Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” is the latest exhibit at the High Museum, and it runs until September 7, 2014. The exhibition features 17 concept cars by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors, and Porsche. According to the museum’s webpage, “Dream Cars will feature cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century that pushed the limits of imagination and foreshadowed the future of design. The exhibition will pair conceptual drawings, patents and scale models with realized cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities. “
Atlanta’s Stonehurst Place
Stonehurst Place Innkeeper Paul Worrell puts it more simply. “There’s a WOW factor that’s indescribable for anyone who has an appreciation of cars.” When guests inquire about sites to see in Atlanta, Paul is quick to point them to the Dream Cars exhibit.
Paul’s favorite, the Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X ‘Gilda’, caught his eye because it was designed and built in the year he was born. For this car, Chrysler partnered with Italian firm CarrozzeriaGhia and designer Giovanni Savonuzzi, who nicknamed it “Gilda” after actress Rita Hayworth’s character in the famous 1946 film. (Fun fact, an original silver gelatin Columbia Pictures publicity still of Rita Hayworth as ‘Gilda’ hangs in the Farnsworth bedroom at Stonehurst Place!)
But 16 others cars battle for being a favorite with Paul, including the 1942 L’Œuf électrique (Electric Egg), the 33-inch tall 1970 Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero, and the 2010 Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Car.