Legendary Kustom Car King George Barris, Has Moved to the Bigger Garage in the Sky
His son, Brett Barris wrote
"Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky. He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 am. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. He lived his life they way he wanted til the end. He would want everyone celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy. Thank you all for the posts and calls, your love is deeply appreciated. Peace."
My good friend Mike Zarnock sums it all up so well. We lost a great, kind man today.
"A very sad day for the world of anyone who loves cars.... Ladies and Gentleman, George Barris has left the building..... Growing up in the 1960’s there wasn’t anyone who didn’t know of the Batmobile, Munster Koach or Dragula. Yes, there were many other cars that George did, but these three were iconic to my childhood. I would watch them while lying on my living room floor on our big black & white TV set and dreamed of what it would be like to see those cars in person. Well, fifty years later, I got the chance to interview George which was a dream come true. I got to ask him all of the questions that I’ve always wanted to know the answers to. I also got to do something that I never imagined would ever happen, I got to sit in both the Batmobile and the Munster Koach. George himself showed me all the gadgets and how they worked and told me how he built them at the time. He also showed me his toy car collection! We became friends that day and have been ever since! To get a letter in the mail or Christmas card from him, let alone be able to call him and talk is something that I just cannot describe, or how about sitting next to him at an autograph session and just chatting while we sign together. It is such an honor to call him friend and I will miss all those times he would tell me about the days when the studios would call him and want a car built around a TV premise in two weeks! My heart goes out to his son Brett, daughter Joji, her husband Barry, their son Jared and Tony Wood who George thought of as a son. May God Bless you George Barris and may your work continue to influence those of us who love the automobile.... You will be greatly missed!"