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artwork from Toyota with a lego-looking house with the Toyota brand on it.

Calling all kids ages 4 - 15!

Here's a great way to get kids 4 to 15 involved with automobiles and the future of the four-wheel machines that LACar.com users are all so much in love with.

By Doug Stokes

Fri, Jan 7, 2022 06:23 PM PST

About the image: Created by students from the Fab Lab of the Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, this 3D replica is based on an award-winning drawing by Celine Lee Min, age 15. It is part of an exhibition now on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum through March 27, 2022.

Sad to tell: "They" say that the younger generation is starting to really turn away from car culture - and motorsports in particular... Been to an NHRA Drag Race of late? See anyone under the age of 50? We, you and us, need to do something NOW - and this will be a darn good start:

The Toyota Dream Car Contest

There's a cool contest book here that can be downloaded and the contest runs through January 31.

Kids need this kind of car stimulation (more now than ever) to have a balanced view of life that understands the lore, lure, and legends surrounding private, self-driven transportation. Sure, it's about getting there, but it's also about how you feel about what you're getting there in.. It's the old "freedom of the open road" thing here, even if it's only on paper.

If you have kids, just know some kids, or work with them and you're hanging out here at LACar: What are you doing still reading this? Hit that DOWNLOAD button and have some fun with some young ones ... Car Nuts are formed, not born.

We suggest a new mission: KIDS FOR CARS ... let them create, dream, and understand that cars are more than simple utilitarian objects.

About The Author

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Doug Stokes

Doug has a long and wide-ranging history in the motoring business. He served five years as the Executive Director of the International Kart Federation, and was the PR guy for the Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. He worked racing PR for both Honda and Suzuki and was a senior PR person on the first Los Angeles (Vintage) Grand Prix. He was also the first PR Manager for Perris Auto Speedway, and spent over 20 years as the VP of Communications at Irwindale Speedway. Stokes is the recipient of the American Autowriters and Broadcaster’s 2005 Chapman Award for Excellence in Public Relations and was honored in 2015 by the Motor Press Guild with their Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award. “… I’ve also been reviewing automobiles and books for over 20 years, and really enjoy my LA Car assignments.” he added.

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