35th Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards
November 11, 2003: WDIFL was
invited to attend the Mattel's 35th Anniversary Hall of Fame
Awards. John Ewald and Kenny Youngblood carried the ball. Jay
Leno was the MC and being the gearhead he is this was a perfect
venue for him... did a great monologue. John sat with him for
a while and showed him the shots of the BankAmericar and his
1958 push car. John suggested we do a Cacklefest on the Tonight
Show... told him we could push start him in the parking lot at
NBC and his eyes lit up... gave him a card and told him to let
us know. Kenny did some drawings for some of the many stars there,
he was also one of the celebrity judges who picked the honorees
for the new Hot Wheels Hall Of Fame.
The event was held at the Peterson
Automotive Museum and was a first class event. They even closed
part of Wilshire Blvd. so we could use the red carpet act getting
out of classic cars in front of hundreds of hard core collectors
and TV cameras. The entertainment (other than Leno) was the music
group "America", they played many of their hits and
were great. The inductees were Elliot Handler, founder of Mattel
(Lifetime Achievement). The 1932 Ford V-8 Roadster (Greatest
Rides). The 1964 Pontiac GTO (Greatest Rides). Jan.16, 1963 Corvette
Introduction (Milestone Moment). Wally Parks (Legends), and Richard
Petty (Legends). Reps from Ford, Pontiac, and Chevrolet were
on hand to collect their awards. King Richard told the crowd
he represented Dodge to even it out. Here are some shots from
Jay Leno was in his "zone"
joking about men and our cars.
Mattel founder, Elliot
Mattel CEO - Bob Eckert
Wally Parks receives his award
from Mattel. Is there any award Wally doesn't deserve? Well,
maybe one for good judgment when it comes to NHRA board members?
Thousands of Hot Wheel
cars marketed over the last 35 years.
Another guest was actor Chris
Titus. By all accounts he was quite funny.
1970s super group, America, performed,
"Horse With No Name" and their other hits.
John and daughter Ashley
arrived in a Hummer Limo... by Ford?
Where John goes, so do
And autograph seekers.
People showed up in everything
from an Amish buggy to these - things. Can you say Lamborgini
No Hummer for "King Richard"
and his Queen. They arrived in a Dodge SUV - go figure.
Kenny Youngblood was delivered
to the front door in a classic Model T. Hummm, something older
This is a "full
size" Hot Wheel. The model kit must cost your mortgage!
Ashley Force, Richard Petty and
John Force - like we have to put names to these faces!
What's wrong with this picture?
Jay Leno, Tom Compton (a surprise), Wally Parks and John Force.
Force kept his comments clean
as he introduced Wally... a far cry from his routine at Tom Pock's
birthday party the previous weekend.
Here's a threesome to draw to...lots
of gears turning here...Kenny, Jay and John Ewald. (Every once
in awhile he gets in front of his camera).
Prudhomme's first Hot
Wheel Funny Car.
Snakes third Hot Wheels
Blood points out the head lights
on Purdhomme's Hot Wheels funny that he painted.
Kenny Youngblood doing what he
does best as the evening went on... sketch very cool, on the
fly, "Blood Did It" drawings.
A cartoon for Wally Parks also
came off Kenny's drawing book...of course it was of Force and
had John sign it before giving it to him.
shows off his new "Blood Did It" masterpiece.
Parnelli was sitting next to
John so he was the first to receive a Blood original... he had
Kenny alter the wing to make it more accurate!
PJ and Leno - Gearheads
of The First Class.
The dining area (above)
and a centerpiece (below).
The First Couple of Drag
Jay Leno, Richard Petty
and a NASCAR person.
Big Mac, John and Ashley
Force strolling in the museum.
Richard Petty and Parnelli
Jones ...yes, the Legends were there!
Inside the Peterson Museum is
just some of Bruce Meyer's incredible car collection.
For gearheads, the Petersen
Museum is a foodfest.
How about a Hot Wheel that sold
for $72,000.00...this is it! the "Beach Bomb".
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