Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney

This past weekend was the second annual Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. This is a classic car show, with several additional elements thrown in for good measure. 

All the classic cars are here, but perhaps more than most car shows, the vehicles displayed are museum quality. Many are brought in by truck rather than driven, so it's no surprise that the motors, when displayed by raised hood, look pristine and spit-polished. That's because they are.

There are other exotic cars here, even if they aren't vintage. Want your picture taken with a Rolls-Royce? This is your chance.

Speaking of exotic, the Richard Petty Speedway brought out stock cars and a Ferrari from their Exotic Driving Experience. They also set up a Go-Kart track (a simple oval), selling rides of 40 laps for $20.

But the standout for me was a different kind of exotic. Think quixotic. Who would dare to imagine a scaled up version of a Red Flyer Wagon (the kid's toy) turned into a street-legal car?

There were food trucks available, offering their own exotic wares. I didn't try it, but I was certainly intrigued by the cheeseburger that replaced regular buns with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Again: who would have imagined it?

Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Finn McMissile were on hand as well for photo-taking, though the line was over an hour long.

Some vendors set up tents and gave away merchandise and coupons. These were no ordinary coupons, either! The Hess tent handed out several coupons per person, and it's likely each person walked away with at least one free $3 drink the next time they visited.

The presence of cars in Downtown Disney was a bit odd. There's nothing thematically that suggests a car show would be a good fit here. But it certainly does no harm, and it definitely drew crowds. I hope it continues into its third year and beyond.

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.