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HOLLYWOOD STAR CARS MUSEUM

starcars.jpgThere are few people who wouldn’t be excited by a close-up encounter with a TV or movie star. For many, however, this kind of fascination isn’t only with actors and actresses. Plenty of people are just as easily starstruck by famous cars!

If you’re one of those people, then the Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg is the place for you. That’s where you’ll find more than 40 cars made famous by Hollywood. And in the process, you’ll also learn a lot about the secrets of movie magic.

Among the notable wheels on display are Sir Paul McCartney’s Cadillac, the Batmobile from the 1960s TV series and the Corvette Grand Sport driven by Vin Diesel in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious film series. You’ll also see the Bumblebee 1977 Chevrolet Camaro seen in the 2007 film Transformers.

Also featured are the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, Tom Cruise’s race car from Days of Thunder, Cameron Diaz’s Indy racecar from Charlie’s Angels and the 1967 Shelby Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds. Other vehicles include the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, the Munsters’ Drag-u-la, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, the Beverly Hillbillies’ jalopy, Elvis Presley’s Lincoln and the motorcycles from Terminator 2 and Mission Impossible 2.

Overall, the collection represents some of the most popular films, television shows and music artists. The museum also houses the largest collection of James Bond movie props on display in America.

Many of the cars in Hollywood Star Cars Museum’s multimillion-dollar collection were created by George Barris, the king of Hollywood customizers. The others have been acquired by either movie studios or private collectors. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is highlighted by video monitors that show the cars in action on the large and small screen. Guests are welcome to bring their own cameras, and the museum also has a cool gift shop with merchandise related to many of the cars on display.

If you plan on making Hollywood Star Cars Museum part of your Smoky Mountain travels, it would be convenient for you to book your overnight accommodations in or near Gatlinburg. Heartland Cabin Rentals offers modern, fully equipped cabins that are designed to accommodate virtually any travel plans, from couples on honeymoons to large families gathering for a reunion.