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Friday, January 22, 2016

Encino Condo of Batmobile Creator George Barris for Sale

Encino Condo of Batmobile Creator George Barris for Sale:

"The condo belonging to George Barris, the late custom car whiz who designed one-of-a-kind cars for film and television, including the 1966 Batmobile and the Munster Koach, is on the market for $599,000
 The condo, which is in Encino, CA, was the secondary residence of Barris and his wife, Shirley, for over 25 years. The couple bought it in 1988 to be closer to Barris’ business, Barris Kustom Industries, according to listing agent George Ghiz of Sotheby’s International Realty. “George was still involved in creating cars for television and movies, and they wanted the pied-à-terre close to George’s studio” in Universal City, CA, Ghiz says.
Barris died in November at the age of 89. The 1,837-square-foot condo features two fireplaces, a walk-in closet, an eat-in kitchen, and mirrored walls in the living room and dining area.
It features a large desert mural in the breakfast nook and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The condo complex boasts a number of amenities, including a swimming pool, spa, dual tennis courts, and waterfalls on the grounds."

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

American Racing Wheels 50th Anniversary

American Racing Wheels 50th Anniversary display featuring the fastest accelerating vehicle known to man. Take a tour of American Racing Wheels 50th Anniversary display featuring the fastest accelerating vehicle known to man, the General Lee, and an original Shelby Cobra.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Barris Memorial Video The Last Interview

RIP George Barris, The King of The Kustomizers. 

A true original who made a difference. George was larger than life and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and fans. 

Thank you all for your outpouring of love, kindness, and sympathy. 

 George Barris is known throughout the world as the 'original' King of Kustomizers. His creations are legendary in the world of television and motion pictures including the likes of the original television series Batmobile, Munster Koach, Beverly Hillbillies, KITT from Nightrider and more! His personal Star Collection includes the General Lee, Starsky & Hutch, Torino Green Hornet and Monkee Mobile. 

 George never slowed down one bit and there are a lot of new things still happening at the shop as his team is busy creating new Kustoms, television and movie cars.
 There's also a new line of die cast toys and exclusive Barris bicycles making their way onto the scene. 

 Check out our news and events sections as there will still be a number of events that the Barris Kustom team will be attending this year. 

 Our shop is available for your next club car club gathering and we welcome personalized shop tours. Go to our contact page and email or call us for more information. 

We hope you enjoy the new site! 


  @2013 BKI. Cars featured are either designed and built by Barris or part of the Barris Collection.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Andy Perillo Drives Batmobile to George Barris Event 2006

Here is some footage of Andy Perillo, the Barris Kustom East Coast rep driving the Batmobile to a promotional event with George Barris in Staten Island, NY. back in 2006.
The ride came complete with a police escort.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Danny Koker Building Bikes and Collecting Cars are Labors of Love

Here is a link to a great story by Doug Elfman about Danny Koker that appeared in the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL back in 2010. 

And here's his mechanically restored 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, pimped out years ago by car-famous Les Dunham for the Blaxploitation "Super Fly" movie. "These days, somebody buys an Escalade and puts 24-inch rims on it and goes, 'Wow, that's pimp,', he says. "I'm gonna rebuild this car, and show them the definition of the word 'pimp.' ... My intention is to turn it into my daily drive." But the car that ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons came in and stared at for an hour and a half is this radical 1941 Ford: chopped seven inches, channeled six inches over the frame, sectioned out of the body another four inches, with a genuine Carson removable top from the 1960s; paint-shot in satin black with flames hand-done in white ice pearl. It was first customized by George Barris, who designed the Batmobile. "What would somebody pay for it?" Koker says when I ask for a price. "It's got history. You can't look it up in a book and say, 'What's it worth?' It's probably around a six-digit machine. ... But it's not for sale."

Tribute To Blackie Gejeian and Bruce Meyer

Written by  on December 7, 2015

Two Hot Rod Giants Were Honored by Galpin Auto Sports

Blackie Gejeian was honored by Galpin Auto Sports with a Lifetime Achievement Award. It would be hard to find a hot rodder who has participated more or who has contributed as much as Blackie. He has had a hand in every area of hot rodding since the late ’30s, when he started driving his father’s Model A on the dirt roads of Fresno, California. He was 12. He was still a teenager in 1945 when he built what he calls one of the first “rat rods,” a built-to-race 1926 Ford Model T roadster. Blackie raced on the dry lakes as well as on the streets. After a bad accident at El Mirage, he rebuilt the roadster as a show car, complete with the first chrome-plated chassis. What started out as a “rat rod” in 1945 was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster ten years later. In 1958, Blackie organized his first Fresno Autorama. He ran that show until 2010, overseeing every aspect, from personally selecting the participating cars and setting up the show area. He was the promoter of the Clovis Speedway throughout the ’60s and ’70s and operated the Fresno Dragway. For more on Blackie Gejeian’s amazing life, click here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

George Barris and Norm Grabowski SEMA 2005

George Barris and Norm Grabowski at SEMA 2005. 

Sadly, both George and Norm have passed away. Many hot rods and custom cars feature Norm's unique hand-carved skull gearshift knobs. Grabowski's hugely influential T-bucket hot rod, which became known as the Kookie Kar, was used in the television show 77 Sunset Strip. The car was owned and driven in the show by the character Kookie who was played by Ed Byrnes.