Axes and Axles: The Art of Building Cars and Guitars

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 25, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Billy Gibbons Jeff Beck at NHRACars and guitars. It's a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven (see video below), and one embraced by musicians since the days of rockabilly and hot rods. Starting September 4, Automobile of Southern California will present Axes & Axles: The Art of Building Cars and Guitars, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster and to acknowledge the synergy between cars and guitars. The exhibition will be on view at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, in Pomona, California, and will run through June 30, 2011.

The exhibit will feature a vast collection of rare photographs, rock memorabilia, and personal cars and guitars from such auto aficionados and rock icons as Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Michael Anthony, Brian Setzer, and more. As part of the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Telecaster guitar, the exhibit will also illustrate the history of Fender and celebrate one of the most famous guitars ever built, the Telecaster.

"Guitars and cars have a great deal in common: both are means of expression, both generated fanatical fans and both offer a stairway to freedom," said Museum Director Tony Thacker, "This new exhibit will showcase the amazing connection of guitars and hot rod building. It's going to make visitors want to rock!"

A variety of educational programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition including guitar demonstrations and a panel discussion with hot rod builders and musicians. Visit for information.

The exhibit will open in conjunction with the 2010 Los Angeles County Fair, Sept. 4-Oct. 3, 2010. Museum admission is $1 with paid L.A. County Fair admission. Visit for L.A. County Fair admission prices.

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