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New Spin on a Disney Classic!

posted on June 9th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Lightning McQueen of Disney’s ‘Cars’

Here’s a unique fact that most people don’t know about me – I grew up around vintage cars. My dad, relatives and even close friends of the family are all huge car enthusiasts, each owning several classic cars, some have even been used as props in films. For my family, weekends often included watching my dad work on restoring cars or cruising around local car shows. When I saw these new pieces featuring some of Disney•Pixar’s most cherished characters for “Cars” by Custom Car Builder and Designer Chip Foose, one word came to my mind – “Ka-Chow!”

Chip has created four custom “Cars” inspired paintings featuring a few of your favorites like Doc Hudson, Ramone, Flo, Lightning McQueen and Mater in front of Disney Parks attractions and icons including Sleeping Beauty Castle and The Haunted Mansion. Some of you may have seen Chip on popular TV shows like “Overhaulin’” or know of his talent for creating amazing designs and classic cars for the automotive and car building industry.

Doc Hudson of Disney’s ‘Cars’

If you ask me, I think all four are spectacular and full of incredible detail! Seeing as how I have a soft spot in my heart for classic cars and Disney Parks, I’m pretty sure that Doc Hudson in front of The Haunted Mansion is going to find its way home with me. I think I also just found the perfect gift for my dad (spoiler alert – Dad, stop reading). I bet he’d love Mater in front of a Disneyland park locomotive or perhaps Lightning McQueen near Autopia.

Mater of Disney’s ‘Cars’

Chip will be on hand for a special appearance and signing at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Chip Foose’s “Cars”-inspired art will be available in a variety of formats, from original art to canvas wrapped images and deluxe prints.

A side note for Vinylmation fans: Chip has also customized a 9-inch Vinylmation figure that is sure to get your motor running. Find out all the details on this event including the signing, artwork and Vinylmation on

Flo and Ramone of Disney’s ‘Cars’

So hit the highway, put the pedal to the metal and come on down for this exciting event. Hope to see you there!

Which Chip Foose “Cars” painting is going to race its way into your home?

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Eric on June 9th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I met Mr. Foose and his family at the Plaza Inn restaurant just off Main Street in DL a couple years ago. He and his wife were very cordial and we enjoyed meeting them. Great pics!


Michelle Harker on June 9th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Eric! We’re really excited to have Chip here and the images are really fantastic! I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up deluxe prints of these four images for my dad, which covers Father’s Day (belated), his birthday, Christmas and even one for a ‘bonus’ holiday. My shopping is done!


Fred from CA on June 9th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Very cool!


Trisha from CA on June 9th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Amazing photos


vela from AK on June 9th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Would love to get one for my husband, is there anyway to order a print. Thank you.


Michelle Harker on June 10th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Hi there Vela! The best thing to do, will be to call Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services the Monday following the event (June 27) to inquire about any remaining quantities available for purchase. Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services can be reached at 800.362.4533. For details and prices of the pieces, be sure to visit Hope that helps.


Walt on June 9th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

OOOOHHHH!!!!! Thank You Michelle! I am looking forward to this event at The Disney Gallery June 25, 2011. I too have a great love and respect for great classics. My father worked on hundreds of restorations throughout my childhood. I am currently a very active Grandpa/Girl Scout Leader/Choir Director.


Michel on June 10th, 2011 at 4:42 am

We’re are just back in Holland from our visit to Disneyland. Will it be possible to buy the deluxe prints on internet? And what are the size of them.


Michelle Harker on June 10th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hello! I hope you enjoyed your recent trip to Disneyland! It’s a very magical place. Deluxe Prints are typically 14″ x 18″ in size. The pieces won’t be available via the Internet, however you can contact our Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services team, the Monday following the event at 800.362.4533 or via e-mail at I hope this is helpful to you.


Kristi from NY on June 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am

Those are awesome! I too would be interested in prints!


Michelle Harker on June 10th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Kristi, hopefully the information I provided above to Michel and others will help. Be sure to check out the webpage on for all the details.


Brant on June 10th, 2011 at 9:22 am


We are huge vintage car fans and, of course, Disney fans too! I absolutely love these. Like the other posters, I am wondering if these will possibly be available online or at Walt Disney World by the end of the month. I love the Haunted Mansion one…but then again, I love them all!!

Thank you so much for posting this!


Michelle Harker on June 10th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Brant, definitely contact our Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services team, the Monday after the event, if quantities are still available, they should be able to help you out. Have a great day!


chris on June 10th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Can these prints be purchased online anywhere? Thanks


chris on June 10th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Nevermind… Just actually read through the comments! LOL