A replica of the 1960s Batmobile is currently on display at the Holiday Inn on Second Street as part of the Roy Rogers Festival. The 19 foot, 4 inch replica of the iconic car based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura will remain on display throughout the festival. During the days, the Batmobile is parked on the Municipal Courthouse green and then moved to the hotel during the evenings.
The replica car was built by Dana Ward, of West Union, who says building the car was a dream come true.
“When I was a kid, I grew up watching the show when it was new,” Ward reminisced about his childhood fascination.
Ward immediately fell in the love with the car.
“I would watch the show and obsess over that car. I said one day, I’m going to build that car. And, I did,” Ward explained.
The mold for the car was pulled from the original television, and Ward did all he could to ensure the car matched the original in all specifications including using an all correct engine and drive train.
“I studied the car for decades,” Ward commented. “I tried to stay true to the original.”
He started the five year job of actually building the Batmobile in 2011.
“It was a labor of love,” Ward said.
Since that time, he and his wife have dedicated their time to sharing the car with fans old and young but more importantly to raise funds for charities and fundraisers.
“We brought this car out to support the Roy Rogers Scholarship Fund,” Ward stated.
He charges guests a minimum $3 donation to have photos taken from inside the car. 100 percent of those fund raised through Sunday will go to the Roy Rogers scholarship.
“We do this for charities and fundraisers to help people and communities,” Ward commented. “We do this totally for charity. The scholarship fund is very important for aiding in the success of young people in the area. We’d like to be a part of ensuring that scholarship continues.
Ward added that he was honored to be able to help and that Monday had been very successful. He was hopeful that throughout the festival, he would be able to raise enough funds to make a difference in some young person’s life.
For more information about the Roy Rogers Festival or the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association, find them on Facebook or stop in at the Holiday Inn August 2 through 5.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.
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