VOLO – It’s been 14 years since the heroes in a half shell hit the big screen in a live-action feature, and excitement for the Aug. 8 release continues to build.
“There’s something about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that just grabs people,” said Brian Grams, Volo Auto Museum director. “I heard the audience at a special preview at the Comic-Con in San Diego went nuts for it.”
The Nickelodeon film produced by Michael Bay features heavy Hollywood hitters Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.
“Not everyone can go to San Diego for Comic-Con, but we want our visitors and fans to get in on the fun,” said Grams, adding that on the film’s opening weekend, Aug. 8-10, any museum guest dressed like a ninja will be admitted free. Yes, that’s anyone, of any age.
“TMNT is not just a kids’ thing,” Grams said. “I’m 38, and they were around when I was a kid; adults can get in on the fun of their childhood, too.”
So, why run a special in conjunction with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, because among Volo’s many Hollywood and Star Cars is a particular 1957 four-cylinder, four-speed Volkswagen van specially modified by Hall of Famer and Guinness World Record Holder Jay Ohrberg for Mattel.
“It has a turtle-shell roof, an exposed chromed engine under ‘Pizza Power’ lettering, fold-down windshield armor and a bunch of other props,” Grams said of Volo’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vehicle. “The van is a life-sized, functional version of a toy. It was used globally to promote Mattel’s toy line, and it is an absolute fan favorite with the kids.
“We hope families will take us up on it,” he continued. “Dress like ninjas, get in free – and don’t forget to snap pictures in front of the van.”
The Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum features about 400 classic, antique, muscle and Hollywood cars. Regular admission is $13.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Information: www.volocars.com, 815-385-3644 or find Volo Auto Museum on Facebook.