MEDIA RELATIONS: YAHOO, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Last Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at Long Beach Grand Prix

By: Debbie Emery,  Yahoo/The Wrap

“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the final ever Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.

la-sp-long-beach-grand-prix-celebrity-race-201-001He beat out star drivers including Adam CarollaFrankie MunizBrian Austin Green and fellow “Silver Spoons” alum Ricky Schroder at the 40th annual race, which ends after this year.

The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015.

Ribeiro actually credited Schroder for getting him into the racing scene, telling TheWrap before the race: “I came here with him, hung out during the practice and had a blast … I fell in love with it. Several years later they asked me to do it and there was no way I was going to say no.

“In these cars, we get up to 120 mph, but in my real professional driving, I’ve reached 190,” he revealed. “It’s good fun!”

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MEDIA RELATIONS: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

By: Michael Walker, The Hollywood Reporter

Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years.

The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children’s hospitals in the U.S.

This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: Orange County Register, Premier Exhibitions Inc.

Bodies and Titanic exhibits to stick around until April

By: Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register

BUENA PARK — Two popular exhibits, originally scheduled to vacate the former Movieland Wax Museum last week, will stay put for at least four more months.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and BODIES…The Exhibition were going to make way for a 54,000-square-foot attraction anchored by a 17,000-square-foot butterfly and hummingbird atrium.

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One of the human figures that are on display at the new Bodies and Titanic exhibits, opening at the site of the former Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park was show in an running position.
Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

With the various approvals taking longer than expected for the new owner, Butterfly Pavilion, city officials contacted Premier Exhibitions, which owns the Bodies and Titanic exhibits, and invited them to stay through April 17, said Ruben Lopez, Buena Park’s economic development administrator.

The city is selling the property for $2.5 million to Butterfly Pavilion.

Premier has Bodies and Titanic exhibits elsewhere in the country, but the Buena Park venues have been the most popular, particularly with medical students and other educational groups, said Kelsey Duckett, spokeswoman for Premier.

“We definitely did not want to leave in the first place,” Duckett said.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: Los Angeles Times, Premier Exhibitions Inc.

Titanic and ‘Bodies’ exhibits will stay, for a little longer, in Buena Park

By: Debbie Zucco, Los Angeles Times

Premier Exhibitions Inc. announced Monday that it has worked out an arrangement with Buena Park to keep its “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “Bodies: The Exhibition” in the city for the next several months.

t300x182The exhibits were to have vacated the property at the beginning of January but now will have until April 17.

The “Bodies” exhibit offers a close-up look at the human body through a display of human specimens that have undergone a plastination preservation process. This exhibit, at 7711 Beach Blvd., has been touted as an educational aid for young students on up to pre-med level.

“This is exciting news,” said Kelsey Duckett, local spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company. “We’re already booking schools for the next four months. This buys us some time to continue to look for a place, to scout out various locations. Hopefully, we won’t be shipping things back to Atlanta.”

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