The National Corvette Museum has teamed up with Tom Peters, retired Director of Exterior Design for the 8th Generation Stingray Corvette, to put together a new exhibit: Car-toon Creatures, Kustom Kars and Corvettes: The Art and Influence of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. “Ed Roth was one of Tom's biggest artistic influences growing up,” said Bob Bubnis, Museum Historical Media Coordinator and lead Curator of this exhibit. “Back in the 1950s and '60s, kids who liked cars bought hot rod magazines along with t-shirts, models, stickers and toys from Roth Studios. They featured caricatures of cars with giant smoking slicks and fire coming out of the exhaust, with blown engines and cartoon monsters at the wheel. Tom would begin copying those drawings, and in the process, he learned about how to draw cars with personalities and attitudes. The monsters were just cool. The most notable one was Rat Fink, who will serve as the mascot throughout this exhibit.” Visitors won't have to be into the Kustom Kar scene, Rat Rods, Rat Fink or Transformers to enjoy this exhibit. “We are making it a walk-through time, when John Kennedy was the President, The Ventures were on the radio, and gas was 20 cents a gallon. Maybe along the way we will inspire some young people to start thinking about where they will take the automotive story from here.” This exhibit will run from January to December 2020, with the East Side Rat Reunion set for August 20-22, 2020.