The annual Lego Car Show at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich encourages a continued enthusiasm for all things automotive, said museum operations assistant Jake DeRochie.
“This is a great way to get kids interested in cars,” he said.
The Lego Car Show returns from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 for the second year. Children of ages 4 to 18 can bring their creations to the museum and register from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Participating children get free admission to the museum for the day and kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The event gives the children a place to enjoy discussing their Lego builds with their peers.
“They like to bring in the Legos they’ve built and talk with some of the other kids about what they’ve done,” DeRochie noted.
Lego cars will be displayed in five age group categories: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18. Cars should be at least the size of one five-inch-by-five-inch Lego base, but do not need to be submitted on that base. There is a limit of one car per child in the show.
Last year’s inaugural event brought out Lego artisans from all over the area. Gabriel Stone, then a sixth-grader from Otto Shortell Middle School in Wampsville, said he was enjoying sharing his work with the spectators who came out for the show.
Surrounded by one of the greatest exhibits of vintage auto history in the world, the Lego crafters might even discover a new passion for the classics cars of the past.
The Lego Car Show serves as an exciting way to welcome young visitors to the museum, many of them for the first time ever, DeRochie said.
“We take kids who are interested in Legos and kids who are interested in cars and combine those two together,” he explained. “This also gives them the chance to see the museum.”
Jakob Lentini, then a sixth-grader at Valley Heights Christian Academy in Norwich, brought in some of his favorite Lego auto artistry last year, including a Batmobile. He said it was his first trip to the museum.
“This is my first time here, and this is a lot of fun,” he said.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum is located at 24 Rexford St. in Norwich and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 607-334-2886 or visit classiccarmuseum.org.