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THE MOB MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE RETURN OF FORMULA 1 LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX WITH HISTORY OF RACING AND RACKETEERS IN LAS VEGAS
Oct. 26 Program Spotlights Auto Racing in the Neon City
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LAS VEGAS (September 2023) –The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is celebrating the return of the Las Vegas Grand Prix with a public program about the history of auto racing and racketeers in Las Vegas.
The program, titled “Racing and Racketeers: Motorsport and Organized Crime in Las Vegas,” will feature two local experts: racing historian Randy Cannon and retired casino executive Bill Weinberger. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Fittingly, as the elite international racing circuit returns to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years, this program will explore the history of auto racing in the entertainment capital of the world – and the Mob’s role in making it happen. Cannon and Weinberger will look back at the Stardust International Raceway in the 1960s and the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in the early 1980s. They also will discuss the ties between organized crime and past eras of Las Vegas racing glory.
The hosts certainly are experts in this field. Cannon is author of “Caesars Palace Grand Prix: Las Vegas, Organized Crime and Pinnacle of Motorsport,” while Weinberger is former president of Caesars Palace.
The program is free for Museum Members or with Museum admission and can be livestreamed by visiting the webpage here.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums;” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History” and “Best Museum” by its 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards; one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas;” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada,” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” in 2021, “Top Five Best History Museums in the United States” in 2021 and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits;” named “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.
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