Each February in downtown Chandler, Arizona a group of folks throws a nice laid back car show. Taking advantage of paved parking lots on both sides of Dr. A. J. Chandler Park in downtown over 250 cars spread out for a fun, sunny day.
This year organizers also blended in a set of displays with a science technology bent for visitors to review and children to engage with.
While parts of the country are still fighting blizzards, the big dilemma was finding shade in downtown Chandler. The surrounding merchants get into the mood and help promote their local businesses.
And for the second year the owner of the first original Batmobile brought out the car for all to admire. It’s nice to see the owner supporting a local event and the benefiting charities.
Here is a link to our previous post on the Batmobile
George is always around the car scene when the cameras pop out. His gold jacket stands out even amongst the eccentrics at SEMA. He sure got some publicity and ca$h when the Batmobile sold last year at Barrett-Jackson. And as I’ve said before he had a great publicist. But Dean Jeffries was the catalyst for a lot of memorable TV and Hollywood cars, as I mentioned here.
I guess careful wording can avoid some legal heartaches!
Car customizer, engineer and stunt driver Dean Jeffries died in his sleep recently at the age of 80.
Die hards will recognize both his name and his cars.Â Dean might not have had the greatest publicist, Â but he was a renaissance man when it came to cars.
Of course his customs done for Hollywood are instantly recognizable.Â The Monkeemobile, the Green Hornet and the Beach Boyâ€™s cover car from their Little Deuce Coupe album were all his handiwork.
He started out as a painter- striper and worked with Von Dutch.Â He added the script to James Deanâ€™s Porsche Spyder â€“ Little Bastard.Â He moved over to George Barrisâ€™s shop and honed his metal working skills.Â He painted the first Shelby Cobra for Carroll Shelby.
You probably heard that George Barris sold his Batmobile at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.Â But make sure you follow the full money story.
The seller also had to pay a 10% commission ($420,000).Â Plus since the Batmobile is staying in the state, he pays a 8.95% sales tax ($413,490).
So George Barris also pays a commission to Craig Jackson.Â Since the car was sold on a reserve basis it generally requires a payment of 10% as well ($420,000).Â And sellers also pay a fee based on time and day the car is scheduled to be auctioned.
Add it all up and lots of money shifted around with just one car!