While attending the World of Wheels a few years ago, I was patiently waiting in line for Mr. Barris’s autograph with my father who’s a 67 year old auto body man, when a kid in his early 20′s said “Who’s George Barris?”
My jaw dropped,what the heck are they teaching kids these days? George Barris is the guy responsible for most of those cool cars we got to watch every week on our favorite TV show growing up as kids. He was responsible for taking a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and transforming it into the Batmobile, and who could ever forget the 1969 Charger, the “General Lee”, flying through the air every Friday night at 8:00. My favorite Barris creation of all time is the Munsters Koach, and Grandpa’s coffin car.
When it was my turn to get an autograph I shook his hand and said “Thank you Mr. Barris for creating all of those cool cars we got to see on TV as kids”, not to mention the awesome models that followed. He laughed and asked what my favorite car was, and I pointed to the Munsters Koach on display behind him. He was a great guy, and it was pretty cool meeting a legend.
So what was your favorite TV show car when you were a kid?
Images borrowed from: http://www.barris.com