Batmobile and Robin Reliant coming to BracknellBy Julie Spencer
July 20, 2011
Some of the most iconic vehicles ever to have appeared on screen will be in Bracknell on Saturday.
Who can forget the yellow, rusting Robin Reliant that was the company van for Trotters Independent Trading Company? And the flame-shooting Batmobile, driven by Adam West in the 1960s’ Batman television series?
These and other four-wheeled stars of film and television are all taking part in Bracknell’s Classic Motors Show.
But the exhibition is far more than a showcase for the weird and wonderful imaginations of film set designers – the vehicles on display will include models that will interest serious petrol heads.
When Barry Lockwood is not driving an articulated lorry for work, he is under the bonnet of his 1968 Ford Mustang.
Barry, who lives in Priestwood, had a classic Jaguar before the Mustang – but it’s the Ford as driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt that gets all the attention.
Barry explains: “My wife Rebecca used to love driving the Jaguar but when we got the Mustang she thought everyone was trying to race her.
“We found that people were drawing up alongside us not to race but to take photographs of our Mustang.”
Other models on show on Saturday include a selection of MGs, Opels, Rovers, Jaguars, vintage motorcycles and gas guzzling American cars.
Petrol economy is a subject close to the heart of serious film car collector Mark Perkins, who lives in Ascot. Like Bruce Wayne he tunnelled under his house to built a subterranean garage just to house his extraordinary collection of cars.
His is the Batmobile, the instantly recognisable red and black-winged beast that helped Batman bring law and order to Gotham in the 1960s.
Underneath the fibreglass shell beats the engine of a 7.5 Lincoln Continental which can guzzle a gallon of petrol every four miles.
His company, Character Cars, also owns the Trotter van, the foot-powered car propelled by actor John Goodman in the 1994 Flintstones Film and a Monkeemobile used by the 1960s’ pop group.
Mark says: “It all started with the Batmobile and now I have a collection which anyone who wants an unusual vehicle can rent out.”
The free car show is sited throughout the town centre between 10am and 4pm with different categories of vehicles on display outside Princess Square, in Charles Square and in Broadway and Crossway.
The event on Saturday is organised by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership for Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity that supports the families of children who are seriously ill.
Visitors can also test their own driving skills on a Formula One simulator and have their photograph taken in a London-style cab megabooth.
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