27 November 2017
Batman buffs can follow in cult actor Adam West’s footsteps and shout “To the Batmobile!” when the car from the 1960’s live action television show and its film adaption screeches into Riverside Museum, Glasgow.
The incredibly sleek manta-ray like machine, bedecked in gadgets, is set to delight fans of the comic book superhero when it parks up in front of the popular car wall inside the museum. The 1966 Batmobile will be on show from Friday 24 November until 22 December 2017.
Over the weekend of 9 and 10 December Riverside Museum is hosting a comic book carnival, when Batman and his trusty sidekick Robin will show people round his prized car. There will also be comic book stalls and craft activities on offer.
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Riverside Museum boasts an astonishing array of vehicles, including some of the world’s finest cars. However, the Batmobile will be the first one to come complete with an impressive range of crime-fighting equipment.
“Unlike most superheroes Batman doesn’t have any superpowers. He relies on his intellect, physical prowess, detective skills and science and technology to overcome the villains. For me that makes him a fantastic role model and I think the addition of the classic 1966 Batmobile is going to be a real attraction at Riverside.”
Shouts of “Holy Moly! Batman” could be heard when Dave Wharton and his son Jamie dressed up as Batman and Robin to welcome the 1966 Batmobile to Riverside.
The public can marvel at gadgetry galore on-board the 1966 Batmobile. Check out the emergency Bat-turn lever, which released the Batmobile parachutes enabling Batman and Robin to make a quick escape, a super-powered Bat magnet perfect for opening steel doors from a distance, the Bat-zooka for firing explosive blasts and the all-important Bat phone. Although depictions of the vehicle have evolved along with the character, the Batmobile has appeared in every Batman iteration from comic books and television to films and video games and has since become an instantly recognisable part of pop culture.
The car now belongs to Mark Perkinswho has loaned it to Riverside until 22 December 2017. The original 1966 Batmobile was sold at auction in 2013 for $4.6 million and holds the joint record for the highest price ever paid for a movie car at auction. It was created by car customiser George Barris who transformed an ordinary Ford into the sleek black vehicle driven by Adam West in the legendary film and TV series.
The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is free to enter. It shows off the breadth of Glasgow’s world-class travel and transport collection through its multidisciplinary story displays. Highlights include a 1900 recreated Glasgow street with shops, pub and subway station and a huge transport collection featuring some of the world’s oldest and finest cars, bikes, ship models, locomotives and trams.