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12
Jul
10

Adam West Polishes my Batmobile!

The Natemobile has taken me on many strange and wonderful adventures over the years, and I never know what the next call will bring. A few weeks ago I gota request to do a “spec” commercial, and it starred my car and the original TV batman, Adam West! Well, when Adam wants the batmobile, you gotta answer the bat-signal!! A young ambitious producer had put the shoot all together, and the Batmobile was delivered early in the morning to do a long day of shooting!

Now if you have never been on the set of a commercial or day shoot, it’s a long boring process most of the time. Lots of lighting, setting up equipment, adjusting make up and take after take of the same couple of lines. The production has to have all the shots they need at the end of the day, and once they move on from one “set up” there is no going back, so multiple takes of the same scene over and over are par for the course.

There is often a small army behind the camera, to get that perfect shot.

Adam at 82 is still a top notch pro at his job, and he gave the producer and director take after take with his trademark timing. Every time I spend some time with Mr. West, I think to myself that I hope I have that much energy when I get to his age!

I won’t spoil the story line in hopes that this commercial will end up on the air or Youtube, but Adam not only added his personal style and talent, but was “pitching” funny and creative ideas to the director and producer inbetween every take!
I had a pleasant day chatting with Adam’s Agent Fred, and we swapped TV stories and discovered we work literally around the corner from each other, one building away!

Spending a day watching Adam West work his acting magic while polishing my batmobile was a great treat for an old school batman fan like me! I first met Adam in 1986 when I booked him on the Wil Shriner show for one of the very first “reunion” shows. that was the day that I got the silly idea to own my own street legal batmobile! As for Adam, I am so glad he wants to keep working because the batfans and Adam West fans will keep watching!

To the batmobile Adam! You missed a spot on the fender there….. 🙂

07
Jul
10

Barrett Jackson moves to California, and Starcarcentral.com and Fireball Run bring KITT, The Batmobile, Herbie, Starsky and Hutch and Adam-12 Patrol car to show their support!

Barrett Jackson is the top auction house of classic cars, and all the starcarcentral.com gang were happy to hear they are finally going to have a regular presence in Southern California! They had a short fun-run to raise awareness of the new auction, and J. Sanchez from Fireball Run invited a few star cars to attend and pass out fliers to help find missing children.

Nate Truman of http://www.starcarcentral.com and J. Sanchez of Fireball Run together again!

After a stop to get organized at the big mall, we had a big police escort through town stopping traffic to the fair grounds, where we had an impromptu car show.


Lou and Lynda were happy to help out, in their flawless Starsky and Hutch Torino!


Mark G. shined up his Adam-12 patrol car for the event, always a fan and Police favorite! (Rumor is Mark is working on a ROBOCOP OCP Cruiser….)

Cliff and family brought the NASCAR Herbie and got there just in time to join in the parade over to the fair grounds.

Nate Truman’s batmobile looked good back in Fireball Run Stickers! They found “Team 66’s” missing child a while ago and that’s the reason Nate and http://www.starcarcentral.com supports J. and the Fireball run rally across America.
Click to learn more!


Alex met J. for the first time, and of course, J suggested that Alex do the Fireball Run in 2010!


After some starcar story swapping we headed out to find a place to eat. Little did we know that was going to be a wild goose chase, as we drove in circles looking for any restaurant, but instead we just found airport hangers and commercial buildings! Eventually we found a Denny’s and all piled into the empty restaurant.


We had a great time and found out that we were the last people to eat there -EVER! That was the last night the place was open, they were closing down the restaurant for good!
A fun quick event for a good cause and the guys are still passing out the flyers for the new missing children. Unfortunately I had to remove my stickers the next day as the Batmobile had an appointment for a wash and wax… From Batman himself, Adam West! Here’s a sneek peek!




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