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Beat the Cold—Enjoy What’s Hot at The Children’s Museum—Hot Wheels For Real! ™ is Extended

Friday, January 25, 2013

Always changing, always new - two new life-sized hot rods roared into The Children’s Museum today as the museum announced its popular Hot Wheels For Real ™ exhibit will now stay open until May 27, 2013.  

“Hot Wheels For Real is extremely popular as multiple generations share stories about the cool cars they once owned or still dream of owning,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “We enjoy creating exhibits like this that provide intergenerational memories while also igniting the imaginations of families as they have the opportunity to design their own dream machines.”

Although the exhibit was scheduled to close this coming weekend, the museum extended its run while adding two new cars including a 1970 Pontiac GTO and a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda.  The two muscle cars, on loan until March 3 from the personal collection of Ray Skillman, are sure to excite road racers and car lovers of all ages.

Here comes da judge… a 1970 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” is an “Orbit Orange” hot rod which originally sold for about $3,600. It has a Ram Air III engine with 400/366 horsepower and a Hurst manual 4-speed transmission.  

And speaking of hot – how about a hot pink “Moulin Rouge” colored 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda. This beauty has a 340 Six-Pack engine, 340/290 horsepower, a Hurst manual 4-speed transmission and originally sold for around $3,200 in 1970.

In this exhibit, there is something to rev up everyone’s engine, from the rarely seen collectible Hot Wheels ® cars to the amazing life-size version of several classics.  Hot Wheels For Real invites children and families to create their own cool custom ride in the Hot Wheels Speedshop as they apply dynamite decals to a full-size car’s exterior, and try on a mechanic’s outfit. Then, it’s “pedal-to-the-metal” for youngsters who want to loop cars around some of the famous orange track in pre-designed layouts.

The Hot Wheels For Real exhibit was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Mattel, Inc. and is presented by TCU with supporting sponsors Church Brothers Collision Repair, Indianapolis Honda Dealers and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.