More than 2,000 people jammed the campus of the Tellus Science Museum Saturday to enjoy the sixth annual Heavy Metal in Motion event.
“It’s really a celebration of our Science in Motion gallery, which focuses on motorized transportation,” Tellus Marketing Director Shelly Redd said. “We have motorcycles, helicopters, race cars, big trucks, fire engines and lots of other examples of transportation that people can see up close. Many are in working condition, so people can get in the vehicles and play with the steering or get their picture taken.”
David and Peggy Carroll of Acworth were fascinated by the “Batmobile,” a replica of the automobile driven in the 1960s television show “Batman.”
“We love old cars anyway,” Peggy Carroll said. “Our daughter told us about it and said we shouldn’t miss it. It’s a really wonderful event.”
In addition to the “Batmobile” replica, other new entries included a replica of the “Jurassic Park” Jeep and a drone display by Phoenix Air, Redd said.
Other highlights of the day included flyovers by a Cobra AH-1 attack helicopter, the State Patrol helicopter and Tiger Flight, a Rome-based organization that uses exposure to aviation to motivate preteens and teens to take charge of their lives.
“The flyovers are always exciting,” Redd said. “But everyone really loved the exhibitions by Phoenix Air’s unmanned drones. People were able to fly them over the campus and see the event from above using the onboard cameras.”
Every hour, the main display area shook as powerful vintage racing engines roared to life.
“These were the forerunners of today’s race cars,” said owner Norm Layton over the din of a souped-up Chevrolet. “If it weren’t for these guys, there wouldn’t be a NASCAR.”
Despite the large crowd, gaining access to the event was easy since the exhibits were spread across the campus: helicopters, motorcycles and cars on the back lawn; children’s activities inside the museum; and train rides in front of the museum, Redd said.
Tellus — named for the Roman earth mother goddess — was formerly known as the Weinman Mineral Museum. It is now an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute and is comprised of three main galleries, a 120-seat planetarium and observatory and the Solar Decathlon House.