Record Crowd Revels in Batmobile-mania at Art Center Car Classic Street to Screen

Art Center Car Classic 2014 Street to Screen Award Winners:

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Pasadena CA, Oct 27 2014 - More fans than ever before attended Car Classic at Art Center College of Design, for the 2014 edition on Sunday, Oct. 26 -- Street to Screen -- celebrating the cars that star in the movies, on TV, in video games and in our lives. An estimated 2,500 attendees of all ages came to admire a diverse collection of iconic, classic and contemporary vehicles including several Batmobiles, the Scooby Doo-inspired “Mystery Machine,” the Bumblebee Camaro from Transformers: Age of Extinction, full-sized Hot Wheels® vehicles Darth Vader and Deora II, and a replica of the 1968 Dune Buggy Steve McQueen drove in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Chip Foose Firebird

The crowd listened closely when car collector and loyal Art Center fan Jay Leno interviewed celebrity car builder and hot rod expert Chip Foose, president and CEO of Foose Design. Later in the day, Foose and Jay Ward, Cars Legacy Guardian at Pixar Animation Studios, revealed the process of bringing vehicles from the award-winning Cars franchise to life in films, rides, theme parks and consumer products.


At Insights, an earlier invitation-only event, an exclusive audience was treated to a behind-the-scenes discussion about Batmobiles after a rare screening of The Batmobile, the 2012 documentary featuring many Art Center alumni and faculty who have developed numerous incarnations of the Caped Crusader’s set of wheels. A post-screening panel moderated by Tim Flattery, chair of Art Center’s Entertainment Design department and designer of the Kilmer Batmobile, included alumnus Harald Belker who designed the Clooney Batmobile, and the film’s director Roko Belic, the editor, Michael Fallavollita, and the producer, Tara Tremaine. Award-winning director and self-proclaimed comic book man Kevin Smith also joined the conversation, which will soon be shared on Smith’s Fatman on Batman smodcast.

George Barris in front of his 1966 Batmobile

Hollywood design aficionados packed the College’s Ahmanson Auditorium for one of many public events during Car Classic to hear a panel of insiders featuring special guests alumnus Syd Mead, visual futurist (Blade Runner, Tron, 2010, Aliens, Mission: Impossible III and Elysium); Daniel Simon, vehicle concept designer on the feature films Tron: Legacy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier; the legendary George Barris, King of Kustomizers; and Art Center alumni Alex Shen, chief designer at Toyota’s Calty Design Research Studio, and Takuya Asano, Gran Turismo Explore Director, who together collaborated on bringing Toyota’s FT-1 concept car for Gran Turismo to life in the video game and in real life.

Members of the Art Center Board of Trustees attended the event along with members of Blue Ribbon, philanthropic organization of The Los Angeles Music Center.

Clay Dean of GM presents donation to Art Center College of Design

Clay Dean, Design Director of General Motors Global Advanced Design, presented Art Center President Lorne Buchman with a donation of $110,000 from The General Motors Foundation.  The generous gift will support diversity and outreach for Art Center's Public Programs, a sponsored course through the College’s Educational Partnerships unit and other special projects.

Transportation Design

For the first time this year, several local families participated in a General Motors Foundation Family Day presented by the Public Programs team. More than 25 youth, ages 9 through 19, and their parents toured the field, explored classrooms, enjoyed lunch and then took part in a drawing workshop aimed at enhancing the youth’s creative thinking and hands-on skills, and encouraging them to consider pursuing a career in art and design. Participating families were from local nonprofit arts organizations Artworx LA and Ryman Arts as well as the Pasadena Unified School District.

2003 Hot Wheels Deora II

Generous sponsors of this year’s Car Classic event were 3D visualizer 3DXCITE, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company Fund, Honda R & D Americas, and Jaguar Land Rover. Additional support for the event was provided by First Republic Bank, Hot Wheels®, Bombay Sapphire, Everson Royce, Boxed Water and Spectacular Interactive.

Car Classic 2014 media partners included Los Angeles magazine, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times and KCRW Radio.

Art Center Hill Sign

About Art Center College of Design: Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design ( is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College's long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Source: Art Center College of Design

Photos: Randy Berg

Photos from show: Art Center Car Classic 2014: Star Car Power

Bold American Design Awards:
1932 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton V12
1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Cars of the Stars Award:
1956 Continental Mark II Coupe (formerly owned by Elizabeth Taylor)

Classic Design Award:
1936 Bentley 4-1/4 Litre

Competition Awards:
1967 Porsche 906
1969 Porsche 917K Racecar

Exotics Award:
2015 McLaren P1 Coupe

Hot Rods & Specials Award:
1949 Kurtis Sportscar

Movie Icons Awards:
1930 Packard 7-45 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton (Singin' in the Rain)
1966 Batmobile (Batman TV series)
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (tribute to Bullitt)

Sports & GT Awards:
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
1963 Corvette Split-window Coupe
1969 Lamborghini Islero S Coupe

Students' Choice Award:
1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S Teardrop

Designers' Choice Awards:
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham V16
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS MR
1976 Lancia Stratos Bertone
1956 Alfa Romeo CSS 3-window Coupe
1961 Mercedes 300SL Roadster

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