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Disney celebrated its Cars franchise on Father’s Day weekend with a two-day car show

By Steve Turner

Our friends at SEMA run a promotion called Take a Kid to a Car Show, and on Father’s Day weekend we found the perfect show for young enthusiasts—Disney’s fourth-annual Car Masters Weekend. Held on the grounds of the popular Downtown Disney entertainment district, the Car Masters show is based around the Cars movies and their spin-offs, so it is definitely kid-friendly.

Even the shrubbery was decked out in Cars movie regalia during Car Masters Weekend. Not only was Lightning McQueen represented in vegetation, but his pal Mater was also right across the sidewalk. There were also life-size Cars characters on hand for the kids (and big kids) to take photos with.
Even the shrubbery was decked out in Cars movie regalia during Car Masters Weekend. Not only was Lightning McQueen represented in vegetation, but his pal Mater was also right across the sidewalk. There were also life-size Cars characters on hand for the kids (and big kids) to take photos with.

While the Cars movie theme is prevalent at this event, it does attract plenty of cars and activities from the real world. Over 100 cars turn out for the show portion of the event, and they are lined up in and around the Downtown Disney property for fans to enjoy. And, anyone can come enjoy them because the event and parking are free.

In addition to the real cars, the Cars movie stars Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Finn McMissile were on hand to take pictures with all that wanted to endure the line. There were also appearances by designer Chip Foose, who helped design Ramone in the film, and Cars creative designer Jay Ward. There was even a discounted marathon of Cars and Cars 2 at the on-site theater.

Given that GM was a big sponsor of the show, we weren’t sure how strong the Ford representation would be. It was quite a relief when the first car that greeted us with this bad, black GT500 KR owned by Larry Beach of Orlando, Florida. He purchased the rare Shelby from Karl Flammer Ford back in December of 2008 and has kept it in pristine shape since then.
Given that GM was a big sponsor of the show, we weren’t sure how strong the Ford representation would be. It was quite a relief when the first car that greeted us with this bad, black GT500 KR owned by Larry Beach of Orlando, Florida. He purchased the rare Shelby from Karl Flammer Ford back in December of 2008 and has kept it in pristine shape since then.

All told, it was great day to take the family out and enjoy some automotive entertainment.

The Disney folks have not officially announced a fifth-annual Car Masters Weekend for next year. It’s a safe bet that the show will return on Father’s Day weekend, so if you plan on being in the Orlando area around June 20-21, 2015, you might want to pencil this one onto your calendar. It is a fun show.

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