Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games Opens May 30
May 1, 2015
For Immediate Release
Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games Opens
at The Strong Museum
on May 30
Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed at Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games, an original exhibit opening alongside Boardwalk Arcade at The Strong® museum on Saturday, May 30. Start your engine, zip through the evolution of driving games, and see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections.
Play your way through the history of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Drive Master (1969), all the way through arcade classic such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), and Cruis’n USA (1994). Then challenge friends to the four-player Hot Rod (1988) and the two-player, modern-favorite Mario Kart Arcade GP2 (2007).
View pioneering racing games from The Strong’s collections, such as Atari’s Gran Trak 10 (1974) and the once controversial Death Race (1976), inspired by the cult film Death Race 2000 and criticized at the time for its depictions of violence. (Only about 500 copies of the game were made.)
Then learn about the history of racing games as you view unique artifacts, including early card and board games such as Motor Race and Touring: The Great Automobile Card Game, which pits players against each other in an imaginary road race across the United States.
“Since the birth of the automobile at the end of the 19th century, Americans have been fascinated by the mystique of car racing. Driving games provided players with a way to imagine themselves speeding on treacherous cross-country tours and winding race tracks in the safety of the arcade or their living rooms,” says Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games and remains at the museum through September 7, 2015.
Please note: Playable machines in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.
Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.
Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.
Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.