The famed orange Maersk Alabama lifeboat in which Somali pirates held Tom Hanks hostage during a tense standoff in the multiple Oscar nominated blockbuster “Captain Philips” has docked at last.
The huge apparatus, one of two used in the film, is now part of the incredible growing collection of movie, TV and custom vehicles on display at the new Hollywood Cars Museum by Jay Ohrberg, located at Hot Rod City in Las Vegas. The museum acquired it from the Picture Car Warehouse in Los Angeles.
The museum was recently opened by Hot Rod City and Michael Dezer, owner of one of the world’s largest vehicle collections at The Miami Auto Museum. The partnering of Dezer, one of the world’s foremost car collectors, and legendary custom car builder Ohrberg has resulted in a 30,000 sq.-ft. (and still growing) museum housing 100 vehicles (originals and tributes/recreations) that have appeared in films, TV shows and videos.
The 2013 film was inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama Hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean. The owners of the real life MV Maersk Alabama donated the bullet marked five-ton fiberglass lifeboat to the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The Hollywood Cars Museum is home to five James Bond vehicles including the Lotus Esprit Submarine Car driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Batmobiles from both TV and film adaptations, Doc Hudson’s Hornet inspired by the animated Pixar film “Cars,“”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” from the movie of the same name, the “Back to the Future” Delorean, the “Knight Rider” pursuit car (one of two in the world,) the bullet ridden car from the newest “Green Hornet” movie, “Herbie the Love Bug,” “Bonnie and Clyde’s” death car, and vehicles from the first film in the “Fast and Furious” series, including one driven by the late Paul Walker.
Visitors can also see the Grand Torino from “Starsky and Hutch,” the coffin dragster from the “Munsters,” and the General Lee from “Dukes of Hazzard.” Ohrberg has also created tributes to three Flintstone cars including Fred’s family car, Fred’s sports car and Barney’s log car. There are also tributes to SpongeBob Squarepants, the Mater tow truck from the animated movie “Cars,” Bugs Bunny’s Rabbit Car and the Tasmanian Devil Car.
Wild masterpieces from beyond the realm of Hollywood and our imaginations include a bunk bed hot rod, the Red Baron, a piano car, surfbuggie car, and a 40 foot pink hot tub convertible limo, which was profiled on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Visitors will have the opportunity to actually see Ohrberg build his creations in his glass enclosed workshop, located on the premises.
Admission is $15 for adults. Children 16 and under are free.
Hollywood Cars Museum
5115 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89118