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Celebrity Custom Car Builder George Barris poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Autoseum Museum in Mineola, NY
George Barris's Bat Mobile at the Autoseum Museum in Mineola
The James Bond Astor Martin from the 1960's Classic Film "Goldfinger" at the Autoseum in Mineola, NY
Bond Girl and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in The James Bond Aston Martin from the 1960's Classic Film "Goldfinger" at the Autoseum in Mineola, NY
Cindy DiBernardo and TV Production Supervisor Terry Ladin poses for a photo-op at the Autoseum Museum
Record Producer Henry Golis poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Autoseum Museum in Mineola, NY
Celebrity Custom Car Builder George Barris made a special appearance at The
Autoseum Car Museun located at 100 County Seat Dr. in Mineola, NY. this past weekend.
Mr. Barris is known for building celebrity cars for many movie stars including John Wayne, Farrah Fawcett, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Michael Jackons, Sonny & Cher, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many other famous people in Hollywood.
According to Barris, some of his first film work consisted of making soft aluminum fenders for a Ford police car that crashes into the rear of a Mercedes Benz convertible driven by Cary Grant's character in North by Northwest. The idea was to give the collision a comedic quality while also preventing serious damage to the expensive Mercedes. He also built and supplied cars for the 1958 film High School Confidential and loaned some of his customs for the "future" scenes in the 1960 film adaptation of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. Other Barris-built film cars included a modified Dodge Charger for Thunder Alley, a Plymouth Barracuda for Fireball 500, the futuristic Supervan for a film of the same name, a gadget-filled Mercury station wagon for The Silencers, and a sinister rework of a Lincoln Continental Mark III for The Car.
He is best known for creating the most famous car in the World, "The Bat Mobile."
n the 1960s, the Barris firm became heavily involved in vehicle design for television production. At the beginning of the decade, Barris, who loved extravagant design, had purchased the Lincoln Futura, a concept car of the mid-1950s which had been built by Ghia of Italy. It remained in his collection for several years, until he was rather unexpectedly asked by ABC Television to create a signature vehicle for their Batman television series. Time was very short as filming would begin in a few weeks, leaving insufficient time for a new design from scratch. Instead, Barris decided the Futura was a perfect base on which to create the Batmobile. Barris hired custom builder Gene Cushenberry to modify the car, which was ready in three weeks. The show was a hit and the car gained notoriety for Barris.
Other television cars built by Barris Kustom Industries include the The Munster Koach and casket turned dragster (the Drag-U-La) for The Munsters, an Oldsmobile Toronado turned into a roadster used in the first season of Mannix, a 1921 Oldsmobile touring car turned into a truck for The Beverly Hillbillies, the fictional "1928 Porter" for the NBC comedy My Mother the Car, Updated KITTs for later seasons of Knight Rider.
For more information on George Barris please visit www.barris.com
I also had a chance to chat with Mike Manning about the event featuring fabulous cars from Hollywood like the 1966 Batmobile and a replica "Dukes of Hazzard's" General Lee which were all on display at Mineola's new Autoseum.
The automotive teaching museum is also a school to train individuals on creating custom cars.
The goal is to preserve Long Island's love of cars with a steady dose of information and education, plus a lot of fun. Adults and kids alike will be fascinated by the history, the industry, the craft and – most of all – the people who make this car culture a reality.
For more information please visit http://www.autoseum.org/
My last interview was with Record Producer Henry Golis who recently produced the music video "It's Only Halloween Starring Actor Butch Patrick from the 1960's Classic TV Show "The Munsters."
Henry Golis is a musician, music producer and music publisher. He owns Mansfield Publishing Co. (BMI) Some songs have been recorded by Jimmy Sturr, The Jordanaires, Dick Heatherton, Butch Patrick, Eddie Dean, Jimmy Capps, Lee Shapiro, and Eddie Gronet. The song "The Rooster Serenade" was recorded by Eddie Gronet and was released on Coral Records back in the 1950's. The vocal featured George Smith who was a popular singer at the time.
The video features Butch throwing a big Halloween Bash in his haunted castle, but partying is the last thing he’s up to these days.
The 58-year-old just celebrated nine months of sobriety after completing a stint in an Orange County, Calif. rehab facility earlier this year and his rep recently revealted that he’s been staying out of trouble with new projects “to keep on the sober path for the future.” Congratulations Butch keep up the good work!
For more information about Henry Golis and the video please visit his facebook page at Facebook/Henry Golis
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