Museum exhibits host famous Camaros

Jacob Ryan

The National Corvette Museum will be transformed into a showcase for one of Hollywood’s hottest cars today until Oct. 27.

Bumblebee, Shia LaBeouf’s speedster-sidekick in the film,”Transformers,” will be parked at the museum as part of the Camaro exhibit, media relations coordinator Katie Frassinelli said.

The Camaro exhibit began on Oct. 1 and will be open until Dec. 31.

Other featured cars in the exhibit include a 1972 Camaro owned by John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s Pizza, and a 505-horsepower 1969 Camaro owned by WKU alumnus Kenny Perry, according to the website.

Bumblebee is a prototype 2010 Chevrolet Camaro but is powered by the structure of a 5.7-liter LS1 Pontiac GTO, Frassinelli said.

Scott Vokert, a certified Camaro and Corvette sales specialist from Cedarburg, Wis., said the car itself is almost like a movie character.

He said the car is touring the country to fuel fan excitement for the upcoming release of “Transformers 3”.

Nick Weber, a junior from Midway, Ind., said he wants to go to the exhibit to see the car that was so loyal to LaBeouf.

“I love to see celebrity stuff,” he said. “Camaros are sick, especially Bumblebee. It’s American made.”

The Camaro exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, said Karen Renfrow, events associate at the National Corvette Museum.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6 to 16 and free for children under age 6.