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HOT WHEELS® CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND ZOOMS INTO THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With the Greatest Spectacle in Racing (The Indianapolis 500) just around the corner, fans of all ages can experience Hot Wheels® like never before at the world’s largest children’s museum. As Hot Wheels® celebrates five decades of fun, the exhibit Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ returns to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Starting May 19, 2018, fans will get a firsthand look at the thrilling science, speed, and safety of motorsports with Hot Wheels® cars and tracks, positioned alongside full-sized race cars, artifacts and memorabilia. 

Throughout the exhibit, fans are offered a number of opportunities to take on any challenge with Hot Wheels®. First, families can compete in a timed pit stop challenge where they race to change tires and refuel a race car. They can also witness a real-life IndyCar, loaned by Chip Ganassi Racing, that has been cut in half so visitors can see the inner workings and how an IndyCar is engineered.

Families are able to bring their competitive spirit as they test the science of gravity and aerodynamics by racing Hot Wheels® die-cast cars on iconic orange Hot Wheels® track. They are encouraged to participate in activities that demonstrate how racecar designs, development and cutting edge technology result in the fastest and safest vehicles in the world. 

Taking center stage are two vintage cars that bear a resemblance to authentic Hot Wheels® cars. In the middle of the exhibit, visitors can admire the featured 1970 Dodge Challenger and 1968 Mustang Cobra Jet.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, there will be vintage and new Hot Wheels® toys on display from the permanent collection at The Children’s Museum. These artifacts will represent the scope of toy design and the Hot Wheels® brand through the years. Items include the Original Sweet16 original Hot Wheels® cars, a 1983 carrying case and a classic Hot Wheels® lunch box. 

“It is important for The Children’s Museum to be a venue for children to explore the wonders of science and encourage them to participate in STEM opportunities (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to prepare for life and careers in the 21st century and beyond,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “That is why The Children’s Museum, through its Heritage Group Center for Family Learning in STEM, consciously embeds STEM into many of its exhibits and events.”

The exhibit officially opens May 19, 2018, and will run through September 9, 2018, before traveling to another city.  

Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ is presented by Church Brothers Collision Repair. Supporting sponsors include Pepsi and Papa John’s Pizza.