The SCA… AKA the Star Car Association is gearing up for our summer season of charity events and special appearances, and I get asked many times, how did I come up with the idea for the group?
Well when I was tinkering away on my bat-car for years, I never thought about it. I just wanted to drive the “coolest car in the world” on the streets, and in the early 90’s there weren’t any street legal 66 tv style batmobiles being sold at the auction houses, so I had to make my own.
After it was all finished, I went to a few car shows, and discovered that my car didn’t really fit.
It wasn’t a hot rod, not a custom, not a ford, not really any category at any car show. I never wanted trophys (still don’t) but I DID want a group to hang with at the shows that shared my interests (kinda the point!). I had kept tabs over the years on the few <strong>Batmobile replica</strong> owners but they are spread out across the country, and getting together was unlikely for many reasons.
So then I went to plan “B”… look for other Famous Movie and TV cars. Also a very small group of owners and spread all over, but I figured that would increase my chances. I searched the internet, posted on KITT Knight Rider build boards, Herbie boards, sent emails to any listing that might be in California, and after much work, I had gotten no where.
Then at Cruisin for a Cure car show, I parked my bat, answered the 6 questions for a few hours (Every star car has about 4-6 questions practically every person asks over and over, that’s a whole topic for another blog) and decided to walk around and see if I could spy another TV-movie star car. I saw a General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard drive by, gave them my card, but didn’t get their info, and never heard from them again. Then I saw a “exterior” KITT (That means no dash or cool steering wheel, just the nose with the light and blacked out tail lights) left my info on the windshield, but he never got back to me either. Checked back several times to see if I could catch the owner next to his car but never saw him. Then it happened! I was walking down a row of Deloreans and met Dan, proud owner of a Back to the Future Delorean conversion, with flux capacitors and time machine extras!
I told him he should ditch the Delorean owners and come park next to my Bat! Well, we never parked next to each other that day, but that was the start of the SCA and StarCarCentral.com We were just two guys with similar passions that made us do seemingly strange things to the outside world, but we “got” each other on the spot!
I now had TWO cars in the SCA, with a few leads, my vision of a Star Car Association was one big step closer to a reality! After all, I had doubled the membership!