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Ad will show Toyota Tundra towing Endeavour on L.A. street

October 3, 2012 |  6:00 am


Television commercials showing the hauling capacity of trucks have long been a staple of the medium.

But next week, Toyota Motors Corp. will add a new twist on the theme when it films a spot showing its San Antonio-built half-ton Tundra pickup truck towing the five-story-tall, 170,000-pound space shuttle Endeavour, Los Angeles police said.

Officials won't say precisely where filming will take place on the  shuttle's slow-speed journey from the United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

Numerous automobile websites have reported that the Toyota pickup will ferry the shuttle the last quarter mile of its journey to the science center. But a law enforcement source said there were tentative plans as of Tuesday for the commercial shoot of the shuttle as it crosses the 405 Freeway on Manchester Boulevard near the iconic Randy's Donuts shop.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

The precise time and place for the shuttle's Hollywood close-up is yet to be announced. Calls to Toyota were not immediately returned.

Police issued a cautionary reminder Tuesday that large swaths of the route would include closed streets and sidewalks and limited parking for public safety reasons.

Endeavour, which officials describe as "one of the largest objects ever to be transported over city streets in Los Angeles history," will probably be filmed as it rumbles toward its final destination.

The space shuttle has been housed in a United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport since Sept. 21, when it arrived in L.A. on the back of a modified Boeing 747. On Oct. 12, it will begin the two-day journey through Los Angeles and Inglewood to its permanent home.


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