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TOOELE COUNTY — This Saturday, June 23, Miller Motorsports Park is proud to host the Grand Opening of the new Land Cruiser Heritage Museum. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. as part of the annual Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and CruiserFest events.
The museum, located in the West Paddock at Miller Motorsports Park just east of the Off Road Short Course, houses an extensive collection of Toyota Land Cruisers that belong to Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.
The Toyota Land Cruiser began development in 1951 as Toyota's version of a Jeep-type vehicle and went into production in 1954. It has been produced in convertible, hardtop, station wagon and utility-truck versions and is the longest-running series in Toyota's history. It is renowned globally as a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle and enjoys iconic status in the world of off-road travel.
Land Cruisers have always been a part of the Miller family, transporting them on numerous vacations and family outings as well as to off-road competitions. They bring friends and family together, and are more than just trucks - they are memories. Greg Miller says that Land Cruisers are one of life's simple pleasures. "When I'm in a Cruiser," he said, "I'm usually with people I love, doing what I love, in a place I love."
The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum is intended to showcase the heritage of Land Cruisers, not one man's love for Land Cruisers that is shared by many. The museum houses approximately 40 Cruisers, with displayed vehicles being rotated occasionally. The Cruisers on display range from a 1959 FJ25 to 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser VDJ78Rs that are being used for the Expeditions 7 global off-road adventure.
Going forward, access to the museum will be by appointment only. Those interested should contact Tobie Warner at 801- 563-4179.
-(Photo Caption: This 1959 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ25 is the oldest example of the iconic off-road vehicle that will be featured in the new Land Cruiser Heritage Museum located at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Photo courtesy Land Cruiser Heritage Museum)