“(Sandy) comments on the photo saying, ‘you guys had a pedal car! My brother had one of the those but girls were not allowed to ride in it,’” Ralph said Wednesday. “That is what got this whole thing started.”
Ralph bought Sandy her first pedal car, an antique fire chief’s car, more than 25 years ago, and 18 collectors’ items later, the Sparks couple stood inside the National Automobile Museum in Reno reflecting on the journey to gather enough pedal cars to complete an entire exhibit. The display features famous replicas, like the Roy Rogers Nellybelle Jeep from the popular 1950s TV show, unique tractors and fire engines and even a couple Hot August Nights commemorative pedal cars.
While the Theiss’ discussed the variety of their collection, they said hustling from pawn shop to antique store, finding the perfect car was not their way of doing business.
“We are not the ‘go-getter type’ when it comes to bouncing from store to store,” Ralph said Wednesday while pointing out a few of his favorite collectibles. “We go to antique shops very casually and it has been a really fun, casual thing. If we