Hall of Fame opens Hollywood-themed exhibit

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The NASCAR Hall of Fame has gone Hollywood with its newest exhibit, “Lights. Camera. NASCAR.”

The exhibit opened to the public Friday and shows how NASCAR’s influence on films.

Among the items on display:

— Cole Trickle’s No. 46 City Chevrolet from “Days of Thunder.”

— Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread entry from “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

— The 1962 Chevrolet built by Wendell Scott for “Greased Lightning.”

— The Hudson Hornet driven by Doc Hudson in Disney’s “Cars.”

— Herbie’s Volkswagen Beetle from “Herbie Fully Loaded.”

— Jeff Gordon’s Jurassic Park car “T-Rex” promoting “Jurassic Park: The Ride.”

The exhibit also contains movie posters, hoods, photos from filming and other artifacts.

“This exhibit has an incredible universal appeal because movies have an extraordinary ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“When you pair that fascination with the allure of NASCAR, it becomes an engaging representation of the sport’s reach that embraces five decades of entertainment. It includes movies that have captured the sport’s intensity, parodied its celebrities and benefitted from the type of national exposure that only NASCAR can provide.”

The Hall of Fame will host a kid-friendly “Lights. Camera. NASCAR.” premiere Party June 1, and the exhibit will be open through October.

The exhibit is the first that isn’t competition based for the Hall.

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