Children's Museum World Famous Hot Wheels Collection of Mike Zarnock

November 2009- Hot Wheels Author Michael Zarnock will be filming in the museum's Hot Wheels Hall, featured in the Guiness Book of World Records!

September 2008 - Hot Wheels Author Michael Zarnock is featured in the new "Ripley's Believe It or Not" book #5 "Prepare To Be Shocked", on page 210, for his obsession with anything to do with Hot Wheels toy cars and their accessories. It features his amazing collection on the fourth floor of our Children's Museum! Michael is also inside and on the back cover of the 2009 "Guinness Book of World Records" for his record of "Largest Collection of Model Cars" with 8,128 Different Hot Wheels Model Cars. This coming February 2009, Michael will be inducted into the Die Cast Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada at the The 2009 DiecastSpace.Com Super Convention. View Mike's interview.

November 19, 2004 Mike, the Utica Mayor and Museum Director Marlene Brown cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of our new Hot Wheels collection. Museum staff and volunteers had been hard at work with Michael Zarnock preparing for the opening of his World Famous Hot Wheels Collection at The Children's Museum. Labeled one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject, Mike writes Collector Guides and Articles about Hot Wheels ® toy cars. Although Michael has more than 15,000 toy cars in his collection, this record is for 8,128 different Hot Wheels model cars. The old record was 1,500. View Mattel's Hot Wheels Collector's Feb. calendar for Mike's appearance again at the Children's Museum.


Mike Zarnock's Hot Wheels Collection at the Children's Museum in Utica NY featured in the 2008 Ripley's Believe it or Not!
September, 2008 - Mike Zarnock just informed us that he's in the new Ripley's Book on page 210! and it features his amazing collection on the fourth floor of our Children's Museum!

Mike Zarnock's Hot Wheels collection at the Children's Museum

View article & video of Sept. 28, 2008 on News10Now website.

Mike Zarnock's Hot Wheels Collection at the Children's Museum in Utica NY featured in the 2008 Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Mike Zarnock's Hot Wheels Collection at the Children's Museum in Utica NY featured in the 2008 Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Mike Zarnock's Hot Wheels Collection at the Children's Museum in Utica NY featured in the 2008 Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Hot Wheels in the unique Mike Zarnock design available in the Children's Museum gift shop

News10 interviews Director Brown & Mike Zarnock at CM

WKTV interviews Mike in the Hot Wheels Hall

L. to R.: Cody Zarnock, Utica Mayor Tim Julian, Mike Zarnock, and Museum Director Marlene Brown, cut the ribbon for the grand opening

Mike, Cody, Marlene, the Mayor sharing the joy

The crowd at the opening enjoy listening to Mike explaining the various room exhibits

One of the Hot Wheels exhibit rooms

Another of the Hot Wheels exhibit rooms


11-04 Mike poses in front of one of the 7 rooms of Hot Wheels in the $10,000 exhibit hall

10-04 Mike works on the final setup of his Hot Wheels exhibit at the Children's Museum


CM Volunteer Earl works on Hot Wheels shelves


9-04 Hot Wheels author Mike Zarnock and museum volunteer & exhibit manager, Earl Lewis work on getting the rooms ready

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