Don’t miss this summer sizzler! For a very limited time, the Virginia Museum of Transportation presents Hollywood’s Star Cars, a never before seen exhibit of some of the baddest moonshine-running, bad-guy-chasing, paranormal-busting racing cars to ever scream across the screen. Come see this collection of unforgettable vehicles that opens with the Star City Motor Madness 10th Anniversary Celebration Party on Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m. and continuing through July 31. Special cars on display include:
· The moonshine-running General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger, driven by Duke cousins Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott.
· Boss Hogg, a Cadillac driven in hot pursuit of the Dukes by Burt Reynolds in the 2005 movie The Dukes of Hazzard. When not racing through Georgia, the General Lee also provided a perch for sexy cousin Daisy Duke (Jessica Simpson). Also featured in the movie are A.J. Foyt, IV, Willie Nelson, and Lynda Carter.
· 2000 Ford Crown Victoria — the taxi driven by Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon as they recklessly chased criminals through the streets of New York in the 2004 movie Taxi. Jeff Gordon—married in real life to one of the actresses playing a sexy Brazilian bank robber—also made an appearance.
· Jeff Gordon’s 1993 Dupont-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo (reproduction) featured in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes Back in Action. The live and animated cast included Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear, Joan Cusack, Roger Corman, Jeff Gordon, and the whole Looney Tunes gang on a mission to save a mythical diamond from the clutches of The Acme Corporation. The Monte Carlo is on loan from Warner Brothers Studios.
· Sylvester Stallone pursued a serial killer with an army of psychopaths in a souped-up 1950 Mercury in the 1986 Rambo-style movie Cobra. The ruthless, leather-jacketed LAPD lieutenant is the “strong arm of the law.” Cobra also starred Brigitte Nielsen.
· The 1959 Cadillac ambulance Ecto 1 used in the promotion of the 1984 movie Ghost Busters. Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray careen through the streets of New York in the Ectomobile in search of pesky poltergeists, ghosts, and other spirits. They save not only the desperate metropolis, but also Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and William Atherton who also star.
· The distinctive red and white 1974 Ford Gran Torino from the second season of the crime-fighting TV drama “Starsky & Hutch,” which premiered in 1975. The popularity of the two streetwise cops’ signature ride led Ford to market 1,000 special edition Gran Torino hardtops with the Starsky & Hutch paint job during the 1976 model year. In addition to the Gran Torino, David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Bernie Hamilton, and Antonio Fargas had starring roles.
The exhibit is courtesy of The Lindisfarne Collection and is sponsored by Grand Home Furnishings.
The Star City Motor Madness 10th Anniversary Party on Saturday will be held on June 25 at 6 p.m. with entertainment provided by Departure, the Atlanta-based Journey tribute band. Departure replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80s rock super group Journey, delivering an incredible high energy stage show from start to finish. The 21 & over party will be held at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Tickets are $10, with a buy one/get one free admission provided for each car registered for the Saturday car show. Proceeds benefit the Virginia Museum of Transportation and CHIP of Roanoke Valley.
For more information, visit www.vmt.org.