Media Alert – UPDATE: Toyota Tundra to Tow Endeavour Space Shuttle Over 405 Freeway on Manchester Bridge
Previously Planned for the End of the Endeavour’s Historic Journey, Toyota Tundra to Tow Shuttle Over Bridge
WHAT: The Toyota Tundra will be towing the space shuttle Endeavour over the 405 Freeway instead of the previously announced route along Bill Robertson Lane in Los Angeles. The tow will assist the California Science Center Foundation in the movement of the historic icon over the Manchester Boulevard Bridge, an area that requires a different tow mechanism than other portions of the route for weight distribution purposes. In preparation to assist in any capacity needed, the Tundra was extensively tested to meet the requirements. This tow of Endeavour by the Toyota Tundra at this location will be the only one its kind taking place along the route.
WHEN: October 12, 2012, Evening
Exact time TBA
WHERE: Manchester Boulevard Bridge, nearly a quarter-mile span total over the 405 Freeway, near LAX
- The Tundra pickup truck is built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas in San Antonio. The $2.2 billion plant employs 2,900 team members. Tundra has one of the highest levels of North American-sourced parts of any pickup truck.
- Southern California has been home to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. for 55 years. Located in Torrance, Calif., Toyota’s sales and marketing organization is staffed by 4,000 associates.
- Toyota has a 20-year history of financial support for the California Science Center to promote awareness for the space program and education of the public through exhibits and programs.
- There are 80 Toyota and Scion dealers in Southern California providing sales, service and parts. Over the past few years, dealers have invested billions of dollars in new and upgraded facilities to better serve their customers.
About California Science Center
The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $4.75 to $8.00. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744- 2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th/Exposition Park Drive at $6 per car, $10 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org. Proceeds from the IMAX Theater help support the Science Center’s exhibit and education programs.