Classic cars from Hollywood make a pit stop in Calgary

In celebration of Heritage Park’s 50th anniversary, Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park is displaying iconic cars from movies and TV until April 21.

The exhibit Cars of the Big and Small Screen is located on the lower floor of the museum.

This is the second temporary exhibit in Gasoline Alley since it opened in 2009. “Vintage to Volt” was the first in 2012.

“We’ve been discussing what we want to do for this exhibit for the past couple of years and spent all of last year putting it together,” media relations expert Barb Munro explained in an email interview.

A total of 10 iconic vehicles, most created or restored by loyal and devoted fans, are showcased. Included are recreations of Herbie, General Lee and The Back to the Future Delorean.

“It’s probably not in very good condition if it’s still around,” tour guide Doug Coats explained in an interview on Jan. 26 when asked why only the Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was actually from the movie while the rest were made by fans.

 Back in Time: Gasoline Alley tour guide Doug Coats explains the story of Herbie, the love-bug at Classic Cars of the Big and Small Screen, an event celebrating Hertige Park's 50th anniversary. The event runs until April. 21st. (Photo by Marc Rizkalla/The Press)
Back in Time: Gasoline Alley tour guide Doug Coats explains the story of Herbie, the love-bug at Classic Cars of the Big and Small Screen, an event celebrating Hertige Park’s 50th anniversary. The event runs until April. 21st. (Photo by Marc Rizkalla/The Press)

“These cars were used for a lot of promotional purposes,” Coats explained. “A lot of (the action cars do in movies) is done with models.”

Complimentary popcorn is served at the door and guests can vote for their favorite car, which is announced at the end of the day or on the event’s  Twitter feed.

For younger attendees, there is a stop-motion workshop and the chance to dress up and pose with the cars.

Parents who grew up watching the cars showcased can introduce their kids to the films through a special event on Tuesday night with a dinner and a movie.

“Guests can dine on a themed dinner in the Selkirk Grille restaurant and then watch a movie linked to a classic car in Gasoline Alley Museum,” Munro explained.

The event also marked the 35th anniversary of The Dukes of Hazard premiering on TV.

We wanted the celebration to kick off early in the year, and in order to do so, it needed to be something special in Gasoline Alley Museum, because the village isn’t open at this time of year.” – Barb Munro

Upcoming events at Heritage Park and Gasoline Alley tied to the exhibit include Family Quest on Feb. 13 to 17 and Spring Rally in the Alley from March 21 to 30.

Gasoline Alley is also providing Noteworthy Nights dinner and concert series in the museum for this year.  Guests dine on a historically inspired four-course dinner in the museum, followed by a live concert on March 21 and April 26.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Marc Rizkalla worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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