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REMEMBER YOUR FIRST CAR?
Go on a ride through Darla Lexington’s exclusive vintage pedal car collection
In memory of Houston philanthropist John M. O’Quinn
Remember Your First Car? is the result of Darla Lexington and John M. O’Quinn’s passion for collecting cars. It tells the nostalgic story of how they began collecting classic cars together in 2003 in hopes to one day build a world class automotive history museum for Houston.
Darla was the first to ignite their desire for a pedal car collection. “[When I was a young girl,] my sister and I used to dress up and pretend to go shopping at Foley’s in our pedal cars,” said Darla. John was amused by Darla’s excitement and surprised her with more than 100 pedal cars from a collector in Maine. And so, they spent many years “collecting history”.
From an original 1927 Cadillac to a 1952 Fire Chief Truck, take a spin through a buffed selection of retro models displayed in the John P. McGovern Kid's Hall. The collection spans from the turn of the century to the present with the oldest pedal car built in 1910 to a much recent 1981 Fire Truck. Pedal cars go back in history to the 1890's on the heels of the invention of the automobile. They were often the exact miniature replica of real cars on the road, from their front grilles to the rear fenders. Today, pedal cars are readily available on the collector's market.
Remember Your First Car? is on loan from Darla Lexington in loving memory of her soul mate Mr. John M. O’Quinn.
View photos of the exhibit.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR OWN CHILDREN'S PEDAL CAR!
In celebration of our newest exhibit, Remember Your First Car?, please submit your information now through MLK Day, January 21, 2013, to be entered to win one of two pedal cars! The winners will be contacted via email at the end of the contest.