• Jul 7, 2011
Peterson Automotive Museum CARS 2 exhibit – Click above for high-res image gallery

We recently attended a screening of Disney's CARS 2 at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The movie was both fun and entertaining. We particularly liked the racing scenes as the studio nailed the sequences with the proper sounds and eye-catching details. The others in our clan enjoyed the action scenes and storyline – the three twelve-year-old critics we brought along rated it a solid 8.5 out of 10 and ate every drop of popcorn during the viewing.

After the show, it was time to head over to a Peterson Automotive Museum exhibit across the street where the curators had brought over a few real-life vehicles representing some of CARS 2 most noted characters. Protected in a tent, with real shoddy bluish lighting, we found "Acer" (1976 AMC Pacer) and the "Queen" (1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon) parked alongside a very nice 1968 Lamborghini Espada and a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2. Also on site were full-size replicas of "Finn McMissile" and "Mater" the tow truck, inspired by a 1952 International Harvester.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone know when this exhibit is leaving the peterson? I'd like to take my nephews, but not promise life size cars 2 characters and lose my status as worlds greatest uncle when they aren't there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sure that Finn McMissile is a BMW 507
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody gave you a bum tip. Mater is based on a 55-57 Chevy truck. I know because I used to own one.
        Michael Harley
        • 3 Years Ago
        I refer to the Wiki page again (not saying it is correct): "He was inspired by a 1951 International Harvester tow truck but bears more of a resemblance to a 1955–57 Chevrolet or GMC; the actual inspiration may be the 1955–56 version since the hood which Mater recovers at the end of the film after a twenty-year absence lacks the "gunsights" of the 1957 model." - Mike
          top monkey
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Agreed with Mike- as an owner of a '55 3100. Got to talk to one of the guys at Pixar around thier Motorama event and he said that the Task Force trucks were indeed an inspiration,
      • 3 Years Ago