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Mike Phillips
Jul 15th, 2008, 03:01 PM

Batmobile Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Comments (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25435)

The Batman Car arrives! at 7:30am Bat Time!




Mike Phillips
Jul 23rd, 2008, 08:40 AM
A snug fit in the Meguiar's Batcave!




Anytime you can remove any trim or other components before machine cleaning and polishing it's a good idea to do so. Here Nick removes the Bat Antenna.



Jul 23rd, 2008, 09:25 AM

See ya tomorrow!

Jul 23rd, 2008, 10:10 AM
Darn guys I wish I could participate
I hope you have a BLAST

Tom Weed
Jul 23rd, 2008, 11:37 AM

See ya tomorrow!

Chris, you going out to CA? COOL!

Mike Phillips
Jul 23rd, 2008, 12:00 PM
The Batmobile sees a lot of wear and tear as it's a daily driver and the SoCal environment is a relatively harsh environment as it relates to finish care.

First we're going to do a couple of test spots, for perspective, here's a shot of the rear of the car and we'll be doing at least two test spots to dial in a process for the single stage paint on this car.


This is the kind of swirling that is throughout the finish of the Batmobile



Here's Nick wrapping some tape around the rubber grommet of the radio antenna to make clean up easier and to prevent getting any product on the rubber gasket or in the cracks and grooves in this area.


After claying these areas we did two test spots, one on each side of the Turbine. On one side we did,

M105/Rotary Buffer/W8207



On the other side Nick did,

M105/Rotary Buffer/W8207




J. A. Michaels
Jul 23rd, 2008, 12:44 PM
I hope you guys have a great time doing this. It will be a lot of work I am sure. Have fun. Will be looking for the progress reports tomorrow. Enjoy.

Jul 23rd, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Will Mike & Nick dial in the process? Will the swirls be polished away? Will the Batmobile have the shine & protection it truly deserves to fight crime? There is only one way to find out. Stay tuned, Same Meguiars forum, same Meguiars thread.

Jul 23rd, 2008, 01:07 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/2696160573_c60cea3cef.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8726584@N06/2696160573/)

Will Mike & Nick dial in the process? Will the swirls be polished away? Will the Batmobile have the shine & protection it truly deserves to fight crime? There is only one way to find out. Stay tuned, Same Meguiars forum, same Meguiars thread.

:xyxthumbsClassic! Can't wait to see the end result.

Jul 23rd, 2008, 03:31 PM
wow, can't wait for tomorrow! Scottwax4Scottwax2

Ryan L.
Jul 23rd, 2008, 09:31 PM
Just got back from a day at the Batcave and all I can say is WOW and Ouch. The car is WOW(ing)?, everything works, bat phone, lots of cool parts and toys. Ouch for the paint job though. If I heard correctly from Mike, the paint is a Single Stage Enamel on fiberglass panels. Paint is maybe 6-7 years old. Lots of swirls and very scratch sensative. Test panels showed that M105 by Rotary with a yellow Polishing Pad followed by #82 by DA with a yellow Polishing pad worked best. Upon further testing and 2 hours of many different combinations, Mike, Nick and Jason Rose went to town with PRC on a Wool Pad and I followed behind with a DA and #82. Further on and after doing about half the car Mike switched to 105 again with a Wool Pad and so did Nick.

Were not going for totally flawless finish as this is a daily driver.

Well I need some sleep so I can make the drive back up there tomorrow.

See everybody tomorrow!!


Mike Phillips
Jul 24th, 2008, 08:09 AM
Just a note...

Was hoping to add pictures to the thread as we go but it's too time intensive to do this so we'll start adding pictures tomorrow.

It's also hard to upload photos with a buffer in your hands... :D



Michael Stoops
Jul 24th, 2008, 09:00 AM
Meguiar's Customer Care Center is in the building across the parking lot from our main building, meaning we can look down into the garage......sorry, BatCave..... and see Mike, Ryan and Nick working on the Batmobile during the day. It's a bit surreal, but when the work day ends today the fun will start in earnest!!

Jul 24th, 2008, 10:54 PM
wow, what's a crazy night! That's all I can say for now. One of the best Thursday night ever. Here is sneak peak of today fun. I'm sure Jesse will post some great pics later on.



Jul 24th, 2008, 11:34 PM

Wow!!! Being there is a thousand times better than looking through the pics.

Don't worry, I have over 1gb of pics to sort through sometime.

Jul 24th, 2008, 11:43 PM
It was one incredible night!

Jul 25th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Like Father, Like Son


J. A. Michaels
Jul 25th, 2008, 02:08 AM
They look fantastic. Excellent work everyone

Superior Shine
Jul 25th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Man did 4 hours go by quick or what????? :confused:

Jul 25th, 2008, 04:37 AM
I can't wait to see more pictures!
Looks like you guys had TONS of fun.

Keep up the good work :bigups

Jul 25th, 2008, 04:41 AM
Like Father, Like Son


robin doing his chores for batman on the weekends...

Paul S
Jul 25th, 2008, 07:24 AM
More pictures please !! You all can catch up on sleep this weekend. It's not nice to tease us old people. LOL :chuckle1 :chuckle1


Jul 25th, 2008, 07:55 AM
come on:chuckle1 more pics please...driving me crazy:chuckle1

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 09:25 AM
One moment please...


Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 09:34 AM
What a Bat Blast!

From left to right...

Kevin Brown, Nick Chapman, Derek Bemiss, Robby Whttkamm









Jul 25th, 2008, 10:17 AM
Man did 4 hours go by quick or what????? :confused:
They sure do when one is having great time! :bounce

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 10:35 AM
Jason Rose spins the Batmobile out of the Meguiar's Batcave...



Over in the other bay a team of people jump on the Joker Truck and polish out the paint till it shines like a diamond... :xyxthumbs





Jul 25th, 2008, 10:36 AM
It was a great turnout and it was very nice to see so many talented detailers all in one place. It was like an all star game or something. Here is a close up pic of the Joker face on the Dodge Ram.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8726584@N06/2701670182/" title="Joker Face by Hemin8r, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/2701670182_c2543f76a2.jpg" width="500" height="334" alt="Joker Face" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8726584@N06/2701246089/" title="Joker eye by Hemin8r, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3172/2701246089_c476c7213c.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Joker eye" /></a>

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 11:29 AM
Many if most show car owners tend to not let people touch their cars let alone sit in them and check out all the Bat-Gadgets, Nate's not like that... he's one of the most personable people you will ever meet and he greets everyone with a smile and fun story about the crazy world of owning a daily driver Batmobile.

Not only does he always have great story to share he's a walking encyclopedia of Batman and Batmobile history and trivia... he's had a chance to meet and talk with so many people involved with both the original Batman TV show but also many of the people that worked behind the scenes and of course everyone that's been involved with the original Batmobile used for the TV show.

Here's the real Nate with a trademark smile...

Here's the Batman persona in Nate as Nate points out, Batman doesn't smile!

Everyone was welcome to get there picture taken in the Batmobile and quite a few people took that opportunity... (Thanks Nate for letting us abuse your hospitality!)

Ryan aka lilblkblt04 (One of our Avatar Czars, if you need an Avatar send him a PM)

Jesse aka hemin8r


Nick Chapman aka Nick Chapman - (Flew in from Dallas)

Paul aka the other pc

Chris aka PorscheGuy997 (Flew in from Indiana)

Bob aka RDVT4ME

Zoran aka ZoranC


Jul 25th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Awesome! I really need to make it out to Cali one of these days! :dp:

Jul 25th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Awesome! I really need to make it out to Cali one of these days! :dp:

Yes you do. Anytime I come out to Cali. I make sure a stop at Meguiar's open garage is scheduled in. I have been to 7 or 8 and had just as much fun last night as I had the first time I went. The diversity of people there guarantees some good conversation and new knowledge. It's great!

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 01:47 PM
We didn't get to the wheels during the day so after Jason re-parked the Batmobile, Ryan, Chris, Mario and GTObsessor got busy removing oxidation and restoring a shine with Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish (http://www.meguiars.com/?wheel-care/Hot-Rims-Mag-Aluminum-Polish) to the Bat Wheels while Rand applies some more NXT Tech Wax 2.0 using our new G110 (http://www.meguiars.com/?pro-car-detailing-accessories/Dual-Action-Polisher)







After the wheels were polished out Ryan applies Gold Class Endurance High Gloss (http://www.meguiars.com/?tire-care/Gold-Class-Endurance-High-Gloss) to complete the look...




While there's a number of tools on the market to make polishing aluminum easy we wanted to show that with Hot Rims Mag & Aluminum Polish you can still get great results the old fashioned way using what you already own... your hands!

Paul S
Jul 25th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Glad to see everyone had a great time and the pictures make me soooo jealous. My hats off to you gentleman for such a fine job and thanks for sharing with us members.

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 02:59 PM
A little perspective...


When time and conditions permit, Nate will even take people for rides! How cool is that for little kids!


And even adults!





J. A. Michaels
Jul 25th, 2008, 03:00 PM
It looks like you guys had a great time in the batcave. I am sure it was a lot of work. The results are fantastic. Great work guys. What a collection of talent that was there.

Andy M.
Jul 25th, 2008, 03:19 PM
Awesome Job guys!:xyxthumbs
Great pics!
Mike do you have your own parking spot there?


Michael Stoops
Jul 25th, 2008, 03:27 PM
We had a packed house last night, that's for sure. But a house full of celebrities will do that - and the cars weren't too bad either.:xyxthumbs

Derek Bemiss and Joe Fernandez debate the finer points of rotary buffing. These guys have a ton of experience but don't you usually get better results if the pad is actually touching the paint?

Once again Joe exhibits his usual high level of concentration while working the rotary.

A certain young detailer managed to kill the Batmobile's bat-tery (LOL, I crack myself up) so Ryan offered up his Liberty to jump start it. Of course Jason couldn't help but take advantage of the downtime and inspect the paint.

While Ryan tries to figure out how to jack up Mike Phillips' truck, Mike decides "we don't need no steeking lug wrenches" and just uses his bare hands. That's strength gained from countless demos of ScratchX by hand during our Saturday Clinics.

The Batmobile did several long flameouts for us - how cool is this??

Jason somehow felt the need to, uh, poke fun at the Joker. Yes, he washed his hands later that evening.

Mike Phillips
Jul 25th, 2008, 03:41 PM
A few more from the fun folder...

Bob puts a coat of NXT Tech Wax on the Bat Fire Extinguisher




Ryan L.
Jul 25th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Mike Stoops...Bat-ery? Are you serious? Do I have to come back up to knock you in line (again)?

What a fun two days up at Meguiar's, definitely something I will always remember. My main computer is down right now so I can't upload pictures until tonight. If anybody has pictures that they would like to put up but don't have the time, e-mail them to me and I will be more than happy to crop, re-size and upload them tonight.

Thanks Mike(s) and Meguiar's!!


Michael Stoops
Jul 25th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Mike Stoops...Bat-ery? Are you serious? Do I have to come back up to knock you in line (again)?
Again? Again?? Sheesh, Rand almost took you down last night......I'm shaking in my boots. Not.


Ryan L.
Jul 25th, 2008, 04:11 PM
HAHA...I can't kick a 8 year old across the garage, but I think I could with a PT owner. JK!

Were going to get ourselves kicked off the forum.


Nick Chapman
Jul 25th, 2008, 04:26 PM
Man, what a blast that was! I'm sore and tired, but it was worth it! Got home just a bit ago. Loooooong plane ride home. All I wanted to do was sleep, but the dang pilot couldn't miss any potholes :mad:

As always, Meguiar's hospitality was top notch once again! 2 thumbs up to you guys! Everytime I come out there, I don't want to leave :D

There was some real talent there over the course of 2 days! I'm honored to of been in their presence.

I'd also like to say that is was a pleasure meeting and working with you Ryan. If anybody needs some help and is close to this guy, he is one of the hardest workers I've seen! Very eager to learn, and doesn't quit! You did an awesome job this week! Pleasure to work with you!.

Thanks again for having me out. And I hope we can do this again sometime soon. Hitting the shower now, and going to bed!


Mr Mustang
Jul 25th, 2008, 05:39 PM
That's a fantastic job fellas!

Ryan L.
Jul 25th, 2008, 05:49 PM
I'd also like to say that is was a pleasure meeting and working with you Ryan. If anybody needs some help and is close to this guy, he is one of the hardest workers I've seen! Very eager to learn, and doesn't quit! You did an awesome job this week! Pleasure to work with you!.

Thanks Nick!! It was a blast working in the garage with you and Mike over the two days and we had some good times. I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge you have with the entire product line and the rotary buffer, I learned a lot by just watching you.

Thanks again and I'm glad to hear that your back safe and comfortable in your house!


Jul 25th, 2008, 06:23 PM

Jul 25th, 2008, 06:24 PM

Jul 25th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Absolute knockout results. Just wondering, what was the final best solution of machines/pads/products for this paint?

J. A. Michaels
Jul 26th, 2008, 04:02 AM
Its great that all of you had such a good time doing these projects. Once again great job guys.

Jul 26th, 2008, 04:47 AM
Sorry Michael Stoops....I'll have to say it because it's the right word for it


To all you guys that worked on this project, MY RESPECTS!

Jul 26th, 2008, 05:01 AM
Impressive job there fellas :xyxthumbs Congrats to all who were lucky enough to attend.

Jul 28th, 2008, 09:27 PM
...More pictures.

After a four hour plane ride, I showed up and they put me to work. Mike wanted a marketing shot, so here it is.


I remember when 20's were considered huge, but 26's are big even by today's standards!

The Joker's awesome flames - if you want this for a background, let me know.

What do you think of Mike's new tires?

The Buff Squad

Well, I must say that I had a great time. It was awesome to meet and talk with everyone. Thanks for showing me around Ryan. The hospitality of Meguiar's is fantastic. Who else would send someone to pick you up from the airport (Jason Rose) and drive you around town (Kevin Brown and Michael Stoops)? I wish I could come down for every open garage, but this was one awesome trip!


Jul 28th, 2008, 09:51 PM
After a four hour plane ride, I showed up and they put me to work. Mike wanted a marketing shot, so here it is.
You posed as 'Red x of the Internet'?

Jul 28th, 2008, 10:01 PM
Sorry, the upload failed, but the new post seems to work.

J. A. Michaels
Jul 29th, 2008, 06:27 AM
It seems like for all the hard work, a great time was had by all. Thanks for sharing the pics, Chris.

Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Meguiar's is lucky to have a lot of very talented people working for them that don't get on our forum much and so you never see or hear about them. One such person is Ruben Garcia who works in our Meguiar's Dealership Services division, (MDS). His title is MDS Service Specialist - OC Market. He drives one of our MDS Trucks on a route that calls on auto dealerships and car washes and delivers products as well as provides hand-on training and education. You can think of the Meguiar's MDS Trucks like you would think of the Snap On Trucks only we sell tools that make cars shine!

Our other team members in this division include,
Jaime Ayara - MDS Manager
Chiro Diaz - Senior MDS Service Specialist - LA Market
Jorge Sanchez - Senior MDS Service Specialist - San Diego Market

Ruben is a master behind the rotary buffer and an excellent instructor in the art of polishing paint. Ruben came by while we we're working on the Batmobile and checked it out so we snapped a couple of shots of him...


Here's the specially outfitted MDS Truck he drives all over the SoCal area fighting swirls wherever he finds them...



Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 10:32 AM
During the Batmobile Buff-Out it was really hard to work on the car and also process photos so we'll do our best to catch this part of the thread up today....

We started out wiping the car clean using Quik Detailer to remove any light dust and other contaminants off the surface before anything else. Meguiar's always stresses the importance of working clean, this means not only the car but also the shop or garage as well as all your applicator pads, buffing pads and polishing cloths.

After we wiped the body panels clean Nick and Ryan began taping off anything we needed to be careful around...



We used our camera flash to highlight the swirls in the paint, this is pretty much how all the paint looked before the makeover...


Next up we clayed the paint... after wiping the car clean we inspected the paint for above surface bonded contaminants by feeling all the panels with our clean hands and our sense of touch revealed that the paint wasn't too bad but definitely needed to be clayed.


We used Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit for most of the panels and some of our Mild Clay from our Professional Line for some of the worse areas in the back of the car.







Jul 29th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Meguiar's is lucky to have a lot of very talented people working for them that don't get on our forum much and so you never see or hear about them. One such person is Ruben Garcia who works in our Meguiar's Dealership Services division, (MDS). His title is MDS Service Specialist - OC Market. He drives one of our MDS Trucks on a route that calls on auto dealerships and car washes and delivers products as well as provides hand-on training and education. You can think of the Meguiar's MDS Trucks like you would think of the Snap On Trucks only we sell tools that make cars shine!

Our other team members in this division include,
Jaime Ayara - MDS Manager
Chiro Diaz - Senior MDS Service Specialist - LA Market
Jorge Sanchez - Senior MDS Service Specialist - San Diego Market

Ruben is a master behind the rotary buffer and an excellent instructor in the art of polishing paint. Ruben came by while we we're working on the Batmobile and checked it out so we snapped a couple of shots of him...

Here's the specially outfitted MDS Truck he drives all over the SoCal area fighting swirls wherever he finds them...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/819/Ruben002a.jpgThat is one nicely detailed truck.

Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 01:02 PM
And "Yes" the Bat Rockets are functional! :eek: :eek: :eek:


Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Before starting the paint polishing process we tackled some of the other areas that needed attention like the interior... Ryan and Nick roll up their sleeves and dive right...



The Roll-down Dash was all hand fabricated and very very cool! (New Car Manufacture take note).

We'll see if a little polishing work with brighten it up little to showcase the craftsmanship that was required to recreate the original dash...


The left side is original, the right side is polished.



Time to do the other side...

Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Time to polish the chrome rocket launchers using Meguiar's Chrome Polish, this stuff works amazingly well to clean chrome without scratching while restoring brilliance and clarity to the chrome finish...



The pad on top is a brand new clean pad, the pad below is after cleaning and polishing the chrome on the rocket launchers.

Ryan makes the Bat Emergency Light his next project...




Mike Phillips
Jul 29th, 2008, 03:40 PM
Next Ryan tackles cleaning the interior vinyl using Quik Interior Detailer to first clean all the different components and surfaces and then he'll apply Natural Shine to condition and protect the vinyl surfaces...



Before QID



After QID

Before Natural Shine

After Natural Shine

Jul 29th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Looks like a fun time!Scottwax4

Just curious- how does one get a makeover like that and what does Meguiar's charge? Just curious.

Jul 30th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Hey Nat-man here, just wanted to share what this car has been through before Mike and his team went to work on the bat-mobile!
I did a cross country rally the FIREBALL RUN from Florida to Beverly Hills and got LOTS of bugs in the first day from Orlando to Baton Rouge! Heat, dirt, through Texas and Arizona, and smog in Los Angeles!

Then I took the car to MONSTER JAM in Pheonix and while in the arena, Grave Digger (Dennis was driving) did spin outs and cover the car with dirt and ROCKS!!! On the way home it started raining, so we strapped the cover on the car, and the wind wipped on a few spots creating rub marks on the car and the WINDSHIELD which is plexiglass. Thanks to all the hard work, I can SEE clearly again! The car looks great! Listen to these guys, they know their stuff!

Jul 30th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Here's the link to the MONSTER JAM photo and story

and the FIREBALL RUN starts here, with shots of the bugs we collected!
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Well, like every day of this race, including a few after, I didn’t sleep well, and woke up early. My mind racing, calculating all the different ways I could get the car home, if I couldn’t find the shut off problem, deciding what to do while watching the weather channel and seeing a storm front headed to Oklahoma City, my eyes popped open and I was up. So while Christopher slept, I left him a note and went down to the front desk. I sat through the meeting for the guys headed to the race track (you had to be race certified, roll bars, helmet and insurance to take the cars on the track) watched those that were racing go off to the track.
The front desk lady said there was a firestone place right next door that worked on her car all of the time, and it was walking distance. I called and told them of my problems (rubbing tires in the back from cutting my springs and not installing air shocks), sudden shut off of the engine, etc.) and they said they could fix me up. So down to the garage I went, took off the cover, drove it to the place less than a block away, and cleaned out the car in the humid heat.
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I was dripping sweat every time we got ready to leave, just organizing stuff behind the seats and getting set for the day due to the heat and humidity! So I leave the car with a list of safety items to check. It was running fine, but after that mysterious shut off, I wanted a mechanic to go over it, and check my brakes as they were acting weird, not that I used them much!
Once the car was squared away, I took a walk over to a Walgreen’s and got a LOT of drinks to rehydrate us. 2 kinds of Gatorade, Orange juice, Diet coke, and a few extras, batteries for the camera, Blistex and an ice bucket that was a great idea that helped us keep cool water in the car longer. Before I bought it, we were drinking hot or warm water all day! No time to stop for a cool drink on this rally!
The rest of the day in Huston was great. We drank and drank and drank, to get our kidneys working again. We had missed breakfast so we had the same great burger for an early lunch. We went to the pool and Jacuzzi, worked out in the gym, and went to the mall. Got Chris a haircut, and then had dinner at Chili’s.
A much needed day of rest was great, and Chris and I had a great time, expecting to pick up our car at 7 pm with everything fixed up. What all had to be fixed? Well, the electronic ignition control had over heated, and had never been replaced since I bought the car as a donor, so that was what shut us down the day before. Then I had asked them to flush the brake system, they did and found that two of the brake lines also from 1979 had partially collapsed, and so two of the brakes were not always working. I knew that something was wrong based on how it braked. They also replaced the rear cylinders that were leaking, also 79 original parts that I had never replaced. Then the rear tires were getting cut every time I hit a bump so they installed air shocks in the back, and raised it up, and solved that. Also a problem I was aware of and a solution I had figured I would do, but I put it off when I was just driving to closeby car shows, but with 2500 miles in front of me I figured I should do it now as I had no spare tire! A blowout would be a big time loss and could damage the car, so it was cheaper to put in the rear air shocks. Dig em!
So Chris and I wander over to pick up the car at closing time, and the car is up on the rack. More problems? They had done all the work, but when taking it for a test drive, they couldn’t get it in reverse!
Back on the rack we discovered that the shift cable that a mechanic pal had installed melted due to sitting on the manifold while I tore across a third of the USA. It also needed two front tires as a steering rod had been bent, and worn away the insides of both front tires over the last 1000 high speed miles. They looked brand new from the outside, but the car is so low that unless it was up on a rack, you would never know! So change of plans #1253! We left the car, I told them to replace the front tires (asked for Futuras, but now I am half Firestone, the original tires the #1 wore and 1/2 Futuras!) and fix the bent rod, and find me a shift cable. Now we were in trouble, as the fireballers were taking off at 7 am the next morning, and all of our pre-paid hotels and meals would be going off in the distance with them! We decided to go back to the pool and cool off, and see what happened the next day. Fell asleep watching the weather channel, and a big storm front moving towards Dallas and Oklahoma City! (Sorry, no photos from this day, didn’t think to get a shot of the great guys who worked on my car! I sent them a toy batmobile and n8mobile shirt when I got home!)

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DAY 3 BATON ROUGE TO HOUSTON FIREBALL RUN! (http://starcarcentral.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/day-3-baton-rouge-to-houston-fireball-run/)

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We are at the Batmobile early and the starting line is down by the bay, so we follow a line of fireballers to the starting line and line up. We take lots of photos and for the first time I feel like I may have a problem free day, as the weather is cooler than the day before.
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After about an hour of milling about, we get our envelopes, and the race begins! One of the clues is “turn yourself around” so we ended up back at the starting line looking for a statue,
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but we then get back into the Batmobile and on the freeway, to find the RIGHT clue, but it’s a ruse, then we find the right one and get our next envelope. We head off not listening to directions and get turned around in Baton Rouge, and are playing catch up the rest of the day! All my fault,as I got caught up in the other teams tearing away! Once back on track, we head for a local landmark, and after asking for directions from a few folks we find our way there, get our photo, pose for a few and head back.
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Christopher puts in our next destination and chooses “shortest way” vs. “fastest” way, and we are driving the batmobile through rolling back hill roads, get stopped by a bridge with a boat going by, then a train! We are running out of gas at this point, so I see a one pump station and figure it might be our last chance for gas before getting to the freeway, so we pull in.
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I ask for mid level gas, and hand her my card. I go to pump and nothing. I walk in and she says, the mid level doesn’t work. “Fine” I say, “give me the Premium.” I go out and no gas. Chris runs in and is told, that only works on the other side. While this was happening, someone pulled in on the other side. “FINE!” I go for the low grade, add some octane booster and buy a couple of drinks.
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Meanwhile a nice guy in a truck has been asking me questions, and I ask him to lead us to the freeway and if he had heard of the restaurant we were supposed to be at for lunch. He said there were signs on the freeway, can’t miss it. So back on the road, only to see as we come around the corner that there is a twenty pump truck stop! grrr.
On to the freeway, find the lunch stop, get some water and sandwiches and pull out after the ford GT! Amazingly we were not in last place after all of that! Other teams had to get gas about half as many times, and could go faster and not worry about rain but we still beat almost half of the field!
So off we go with the new clue!
We were so hot we just wanted to get to the hotel, and I started doing math in my head that if the dinner was near Houston, we were all ready out of competition as it was too far away. But it wasn’t in Houston. Then we hit a bridge where a truck had jack knifed and was blocking the one big bridge, creating a standstill of traffic! The car starts heating up because it’s HOT everywhere, and I pull out of traffic into a small gas station. After refueling and getting a blue icee drink, a local said we could go around the bridge and go down to the next one! So off we go, recalculating and then of course, it starts to rain! I am driving through a neighborhood of homes, with no over hangs, nothing, and it started pouring. I then see a half finished house with no doors on the garage, and I pull in! Chris and I videotape a little, take some photos and wait out the rain.
Had we waited in line at the bridge, we would have been drenched, had the truck not jack-knifed, we would have been caught in slow traffic on the freeway, so it was actually a good thing!
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Well, of course we are too far behind now, I decide! The rain stops and we head out again, over the next bridge and start making great time towards Huston. Well in the instructions for the game, it suggests that we have someone with internet access or bring a laptop computer with wifi, but our brains were so fried and we were both so sure we couldn’t make Houston, we just looked for signs that reference the next clue and drove as fast as the car would go. Right through Beaumont, home of the next stop and Dinner, in time to check in! Of course no signs, just listed on Google! So as the other fireballers were waiting for us in Beaumont, we got to about 15 miles outside of Houston, doing 80 MPH, just trying to get to the hotel and air conditioning, and the car SHUTS OFF! I coast as best I can over 6 lanes of highway with armstrong steering and brakes, to a place where there is a bit of a shoulder to park, and start going through what went wrong. I can’t find anything wrong with the car, so I call AAA. A nice lady stops with her kids and tells me that this was the WORST area to stop in, and right behind those front buildings is a very bad area! Great. Next some nice Cops stop,
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and then the fireballers start showing up after I called in saying where we were. That’s when I found out they were waiting for us in Beaumont! So J gets some bags of fertilizer to help get the bat on the flatbed, the driver has about three teeth and was grinding my knife blade into his truck before we stopped him!
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Get everything up on the truck and take a death defying ride into the Hotel, where we unload it behind the hotel next to Movie Mike’s RV.
All of “Team Sunburn” in the fireball Lincoln jump in and start checking everything.
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THATS CHRISTOPHER PULLING THE BATMOBILE (http://starcarcentral.com/batmobile66.html) OFF THE TRUCK!
Fuel, check, spark check, everything works! So we start it up and it works fine! We move it over to the hotel for the night, wondering what that was all about. Chris and I find the spa again, and a cool pool over looking downtown Houston, we had missed dinner at Beaumont so we had the best hamburgers ever in the bar of the hotel. I spend the night trying to figure out if I should put the bat on the rack and try to figure out what that shut off was all about, or just rest the next day while the teams who had roll bars and racing school experience tear around the track. Air conditioning, cool pools on the top of the hotel over looking Houston, and a cold bottle of water never felt so good! We were over a thousand miles closer to home, and happy to be getting out of the humidity! Believe it or not, the crazy towtruck ride was GOOD LUCK, for a couple of reasons, but that’s later. If I had just waited for the car to cool down, it would have started, but as AAA was my sponsor and I have a high end AAA membership, it was a very good thing I had it towed a few miles, even though it started up fine after a rest! But that’s all later…. Stay tuned, batfans!

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DAY TWO FRIDAY START DAY (http://starcarcentral.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/day-two-friday-start-day/)

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Chris opted for less sleep so we would get to the starting line with lots of time, so we were up and tried to leave with J but they took off while we were packing the car. I had hooked the battery up to my trickle charger all night, and it started right up. Great! We drove to the starting line and I was turning the fans on and off, watching the temp gauge. When we got there it was getting a little hot, so I listened for the fans. No fans.
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So now sweating like crazy, I cut through the relay wires and took a hot wire from the battery, to the dash and a line from the fans to the ground. As I was trying to get to the switch, I got mad as that same darn screw that would not let go the night before, and went ape man on it and it moved! So I got out the switch to check it and realized it was a 4 amp switch and that’s what blew. If I could have gotten to the switch the night before it wouldn’t have happened. So while all the other drivers enjoyed the bagpipes, cheerleaders, and local media coverage of the start, I was feverously connecting the fans to the right switch. Chris handed me tools and connectors and a towel to wipe off my forehead, and kept one ear on when the race would start. At one point J came by and asked how I was doing, and I told him no fans no Batmobile. He had to go and I kept the image of me in an empty parking lot in FLORIDA as they all disappeared into the sunset! So, we have no instructions, no idea what Jay has been saying, but as the cars finally start to pull out, I put the dash back together, slam the hood, start it up and we fall into line and take off!
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Only one problem, in my rush to get done, I didn’t want any problems with the fans, so I took off the other electronics that were hooked up to the big switch. I stopped for a moment and thought “that’s just the detectascope and other flashing lights on Robin’s side, don’t need em!” But I had disconnected the power to the new CD player and that’s where we got all of our rally instructions! So we followed the fireballers and Movie Mike’s RV for about 150 miles as we had used up a lot of gas running around town the day before, then pulled off, got gas, and I went once again under the dash and wired up the CD player. Tanked up and found a hot lead for the CD player in under ten minutes and we were back in the game!
With 200 miles between fuel stops, we had a burger king card with 20 bucks on it for lunch along the way.
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We were HOT. Inside the car the air was still and hot, but a little wind wing action with our hands helped a bit.
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We powered through, averaging 80 MPH figuring that we lost some time with the electrical at the first stop, so we wouldn’t stop and sit for lunch. Well you don’t EVER do that we found out, but we powered through 700 miles to Baton Rouge. Somewhere along the way, a big bug hits my detectascope antenna, and I hear a CLUNK!
One fan of my antenna is gone, and I thought I heard it blow over the car. “Oh well”, I think, “I wanted to get one of Sammy’s anyway!”, but this one was made by my Dad, and I was sorry to lose it.
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Well at the next fuel stop, the missing part was sitting under my side windshield in the middle of the car! I tuck it inside the car to reattach when we get home, with a “Thanks, God!” we check out the growing bug collection on the front of the car and then jump back in the race!
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Jul 30th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Hey Nat-man here ...
Nat-man, thank you for fun evening!

Jun 9th, 2009, 06:57 AM
Excellent work.Brings back a lot of memories.I loved watching the show when I was a kid.Well documented aswell.:D

I've always wondered what happened to the cars out of 'Death Race 2000'?:dunno

It would be nice to see an extreme makeover on those,as they are also unique.:xyxthumbs