One of the better ways to attract members of the opposite sex, many believe, is to cruise around in a fly ride. Strapping on a curvy, rad guitar and rockin’ the paint off the walls is another time-tested method, especially for those lacking the green for a quality driving machine.
Guitar Center and the Petersen Automobile Museum, institutions that understand the allure of power steering and power chords, have joined forces to present an exhibition devoted to these ubiquitous 20th-century phallic symbols.
“Cars & Guitars of Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be on display June 15 to December 31 at the Petersen Automobile Museum in Los Angeles. The show features more than 35 hot autos and 40 axes lent by such artists as Madonna, Blink-182, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Flea, Creed, Coolio, Eric Clapton and Melissa Etheridge.
Standout wheels include Elvis Presley’s 1971 DeTomaso Pantera, Jeff Beck’s 1932 Ford Roadster, Elton John’s 1949 Delahaye, Morello’s 1971 Dodge Demon, Slash’s 1936 Ford custom and ’66 Lincoln convertible, Clapton’s 1940 Ford coupe and Rod Stewart’s 1983 Ferrari 400.
Beside the high-style vehicles, “Cars & Guitars” will exhibit memorable autos from music history such as the 1966 Monkeemobile from the pop group’s TV show, the 1932 Ford gracing the cover of the Beach Boys’ 1963 album Little Deuce Coupe, the 1932 Ford Phantom seen in Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” video and the Lincoln limo Madonna used onstage in her February Grammy Awards performance.
Event organizers opted not to include the limo in which the Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in 1997 while departing a Soul Train Award party at the Petersen Museum.
While the cars may prove the highlight of the exhibit, the show’s axes are nothing to spit at. Prized guitars on display will include the only all-rosewood Fender Stratocaster made for Jimi Hendrix, a white Mosrite guitar owned by Johnny Ramone, a Paul Reed Smith signature model from Creed’s Mark Tremonti, Flea’s Music Man bass, Brian Setzer’s 6120 Gretsch with hot rod flames, a custom Jack Daniels bass from Michael Anthony of Van Halen and the Martin acoustic guitar once owned by Ricky Nelson on which Jeff Beck first learned to play.