February 28, 2009

2009

Barris Kustom Ind.

2009

Group group

2009

Group photo

2009

Group photo

Group shot

Group photo

2009

Group photo

Bill, George & Erik Estrada

Bill, George & Erik Estrada

Bill Shrewsberry & George Barris

Bill and George

Eric Seltzer & Bill Shrewsberry

Eric & Bill Shrewsberry

George & Joji Barris

George & Joji Barris

2009

Some fans

2009

The #1 with fans

2009

Some fans

2009

The #1 and fans

2009

Some fans

2009

Some fans

2009

The #1 and fans

Bill, George and Korky

Bill, George & Korky

"Wild Bill" Shrewsberry in 1967

Bill Shrewsberry in 1967

Bill Shrewsberry

Bill Shrewsberry

Korky Korkes

"Korky" Korkes

Richard "Korky Korkes in the late 60's

"Korky" Korkes in the late 60's

Q&A

During the Q&A

2009

During the Q&A

During the Q&A

During the Q&A

Bill, George and Korky

During the Q&A

During the give-a-way

During the giveaway

Winner of the give-a-way

The winner of our giveaway

Replica Batmobile

Replica Batmobile

Tom and George

Tom & George

Batmobile replica

Replica Batmobile

General Lee

Other famous cars

2009

Replica Batmobile

Batmobile replica

Replica Batmobile

Replica Batmobile

Tom's replica  Batmobile

On February 28, 2009, I put together a meet & greet event at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood, CA.  It gave fans an opportunity to meet George "King of Kustomizers" Barris and see the original #1 Batmobile.  Barris and his family were gracious enough to open-up their "shop" to 40+ '66 Batmobile fans from around the country.  People came-in from all over the U.S. and Canada, including: Arizona, North & South Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and Texas.

In attendance we had "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry, who drag raced the Batmobile in 1967 at various events around the country.  Also, former customizer and Barris employee Richard "Korky" Korkes.  Korky worked for George Barris for many years and had a hand in building the Batmobile, Munster Koach, Batcycle, the Corvette Summer car and the Parisienne just to mention a few. Both of them were very happy to meet their fans in-person and participate in the Q&A panel.

Tom Woodruff was there with his fabulous replica Batmobile.  Also, a representative from Hot Wheels who handles the '66 Batmobile product line was there.  And last but not least, Erik "CHiPs" Estrada was there to enjoy the day too.  Congratulations to Jeff who won a 1:18th scale Hot Wheels Batmobile signed by Barris, Estrada, Korkes, & Shrewsberry.

Due to the overwhelming response, I'm hoping this turns into an annual event!

My thanks & appreciation goes out to: George Barris, Joji Barris, Brett Barris, Tony Wood, Bill Shrewsberry, Korky Korkes, Tom Woodruff & Chris DeFalco

Eric Seltzer

www.1966batmobile.com