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 hasn’t slowed down one bit and there are a lot of new things happening at the shop as he and his team are 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 George himself will be attending a number of events this year.
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@2013 BKI. Cars featured are either
designed and built by Barris or part
of the Barris Collection.

Legendary Kustom Car King George Barris, Has Moved to the Bigger Garage in the Sky

Tony Wood George Barris
Tony Wood George Barris

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 to 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 a 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!”

I am gonna miss you, buddy

rariccardi Barris


“Cruise to the Show” Parade and Car Show

Cruise to the Show 2012 from Ralph Riccardi on Vimeo.

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that the third annual was held on Sunday, September 30th. The “Cruise to the Show” will begin at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage and continue to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. More than 1000 vehicles of all makes, models and years will follow the parade route, and spectators are encouraged to watch them drive by along the parade route. The parade kicks off by heading south on Stewart Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike before ending at Eisenhower Park.

I Can Hear You (narrative short film)

Did you know that deafness in children still occurs in significant numbers? Approximately one in 1,000 children are born deaf in the United States every year. These kids cannot hear the loudest sounds like a police car siren or a fire alarm.

In the first few years of life, hearing is a critical part of kids’ social, emotional, and cognitive development. Even a mild or partial hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to speak and understand language. If you have any doubt about your child’s hearing, it is very important to have it tested as soon as possible. This will help avoid any delays in his or her language acquisition and learning.


Babson College NADA automotive executive education initiative

Here are some video testimonials we did for Babson College and the NADA. These were used as promos for an automotive executive education initiative.

This unprecedented executive education initiative, consisting of six one-week modules over the course of a year, is tailor-made to build leadership, management and business performance for senior-level executives in the auto and truck retail industry.

Held on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., the program focuses on actual business situations to help current dealer operators, retail executives, senior leaders in dealership groups and successor candidates optimize success in all areas of the dealership. Babson Executive Education is a nationally recognized leader in professional development for business leaders. Its faculty and industry experts lead the program.

“This is the only program in the country that gives auto and truck industry entrepreneurs the tailored, ‘real-life’ information they need to tackle such complex challenges as dealership mergers and acquisitions, expansions into related auto businesses and building long-term profitability,” said John Lyboldt, vice president of Dealership Operations at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).