April 28, 2011
Pixar's 'Cars 2' stars are coming
Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and Finn McMissile to make
stop in Allentown.
Pixar's Lightning McQueen, his buddy Tow Mater and a
new friend, British spy Finn McMissile, will make a pit
stop in Allentown next week.
The life-size models of "Cars 2" characters will stop first
at Mack Trucks' Customer Center off Lehigh Street next Friday
for a viewing by Mack employees. They will then move on
May 7 to America On Wheels, the transportation museum, where
the public can see them for free 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The visit is one of more than two dozen stops on the promotional
tour, called "Agents on a Mission." It kicked off at the
Minneapolis Autos Show on March 10 and will end in Northern
California in late June. Its last stop before Allentown
is the New York City International Auto Show, where it's
now on display.
The "Cars 2" models are transported on the tour by a Mack
Pinnacle truck. Mack assembles all its trucks at its Lower
Macungie Township plant.
This won't be the first time Lightning McQueen and Mater
have been in Bulldog Country. They stopped by Mack Trucks
World Headquarters in April 2006 to promote the first "Cars"
movie and to help Mack celebrate its role in the movie.
"Mack," Lightning McQueen's trusted long-haul driver, is
a character based on a Mack truck. "Mack" is voiced by actor
John Ratzenberger, best known for his role as Cliff Claven
on TV's "Cheers."
The original "Cars" had another Lehigh Valley connection.
Nazareth's Mario Andretti voiced a character, a light blue
1967 Ford Fairlane, during the Piston Cup championship race
in "Cars" five years ago. Andretti is not listed in the
cast for "Cars 2."
Each "Cars 2" character model is about 15 feet long and
7 feet high and weighs between 1,760 and 2,700 pounds.
"Agents on a Mission" at America On Wheels promises to
be as family-friendly event as the Disney/Pixar movie, which
opens June 24.
"Kids are going to love this," said Linda Merkel, America
On Wheels' executive director. The "Agents on a Mission"
display will be outdoors in the museum's parking lot, surrounded
by Disney-themed activities outside and inside the museum,
including inflatables, games and giveaways.
Families will be able to take pictures with McQueen, Mater
and McMissile and go on a spy mission for a chance to win