Memories, Built for Speed

Art Goldstrom has a wheelchair, which is not unusual for a 77-year-old. What is out of the ordinary is that Goldstrom’s wheelchair is powered by a 400-horsepower Cadillac Northstar V8 engine and has wheelie bars on it. He drag races it. He also has a Radio Flyer wagon just like the one you owned as a kid (except his sports dual jet engines) and a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine repurposed to carry dancing girls and a margarita bar.

And then there’s Goldstrom’s collection of some 160 cars and trucks, from a gleaming white 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible to 1910 Sears Wagon. He’s got dragsters, minibikes, old gas pumps, rare bicycles and toys, all jumbled together in a nostalgic vehicular pastiche on display in several nondescript warehouses on Cameron Street. Add in his wife Shirley’s own 5,000-square-foot collection of sports and musical memorabilia—things like guitars autographed by Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and the members of Led Zeppelin—and you have the coolest museum you’ve never heard of.

The Goldstroms are happy to show visitors around by appointment. But this weekend, for the 10th year running, they’ll open the gates for a car show and fundraiser to benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association of Southern Nevada. Art’s mother had Parkinson’s, and the couple believes in giving back. Las Vegas has been good to them.

Art made his fortune with Art Goldstrom Enterprises, a demolition business that tore down icons such as the Dunes and Hacienda. In a city that loves to blow up the past, it’s lucrative to be the guy with your finger on the button. “We did a lot of work in this town,” he says. “I did really well.”

He’s retired now, and the family business is managing the storage facility at 5375 Cameron St. that houses the collections. Stop by Nov. 5 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and tour the collections for free, and check out the additional 200 classic cars on display along with vendors, raffles, food and entertainment.