Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
June 11, 2010
Wayne Lensing shops hard so the rest of us don’t have to.
We talked with the automobile/pop culture collector after learning that he’d just bought the Dallas taxicab that Lee Harvey Oswald hopped into after he (allegedly) shot JFK.
“But I’ve already got the tombstone on display,” Wayne said. The tombstone? He told us that last month he purchased Lee Harvey Oswald’s original tombstone. It’d been stolen from Oswald’s grave in 1967 and only recently rediscovered, hidden in a crawlspace under the house of Oswald’s long-dead mom. Now it’s part of Wayne’s extensive JFK assassination collection in his museum, joining Oswald’s ambulance of death, the hat and shoes worn by Jack Ruby (who shot Oswald), and, soon, the taxicab.
But of all of his recent acquisitions, Wayne sounded most excited about another purchase from the Pate Museum, a 20-foot-wide wingspan model of a Boeing 707, “exactly like the one that JFK flew in.”
“It’s huge!” Wayne said. “I want to paint it up like Air Force One and maybe have miniatures of Jack and Jackie walking down the ramp onto Dallas Love Field.”
Historic Auto Attractions
- 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL
- I-39/I-90 exit 3. West on Rockton Rd, then after one mile look for the small oval Historic Auto Attractions sign on the right. Turn right onto Metric Drive. At the end of the street, on the right.
- Summer Tu-Sa 10 am - 5pm, Su 11 am - 4 pm (Call to verify)
- Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students (ages 6-15) $7, Under 6 free
- RA Rates:
- The Best