Thursday, September 23, 2010

I've Always Wanted One - Tornado Proof SUV

I watched too many episodes of the "Wacky Races" when I was growing up and loved seeing Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzz Wagon, Dick Dastardly and Muttley and all of the other characters and their contraptions on Saturday mornings. Maybe that's why I'm looking forward to seeing Sean Casey's Tornado Intercept Vehicle while it's in Chattanooga.
Known as the TIV, this behemoth could have been another entry in the Wacky Races. This "tornado tank" is 27 feet long, 108" wide, 8' Tall and weighs 14,000 lbs!
IMAX film-maker Sean Casey and the custom-built TIV will be making a special stop to meet fans and visitors at the Tennessee Aquarium on Sunday, September 26, at Noon.

Casey, star of the Discovery Channel’s wildly popular Storm Chasers series, will be at the Aquarium to give industry insiders an advance screening of some of the dramatic footage from his upcoming film, Tornado Alley. For the past seven years, Casey has traveled Tornado Alley, the “severe weather capitol of the world,” on a personal quest to capture the birth of a tornado on film—at point-blank range.

While the film will not be released until the spring of 2011, Casey will be taking a break from the activities of the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s annual conference to spend some quality time with fans of the TIV and Tornado Alley. The armored vehicle was built to carry Casey's IMAX camera into gale force winds, torrential rains, and unrelenting hail. During the event, Aquarium visitors will be able to get a close-up view of the vehicle and can pose for pictures with Casey and the TIV.

Available only for giant screens like the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, Tornado Alley takes audiences on a heart-pounding mission to experience a tornado’s destructive power. The film follows Sean Casey and the scientists of the VORTEX 2 project, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins, structure, and evolution of tornadoes as they traversing Tornado Alley in their DOWs (Doppler on Wheels) and the TIV. Casey and the VORTEX team experience the relentless strength of nature’s elemental forces while gathering the most comprehensive extreme weather data ever collected. Audiences will be swept away by the adrenaline and the science as the giant screen reveals the beauty and untamed power of these breathtaking weather events.

Event Details:

Time: Noon -1 pm, Sunday, September 26
Location: Tennessee Aquarium - One Broad Street

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