FROM HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS in a small two-car garage, GEORGE BARRIS had a career that has spanned more than 70 years. His title "King Of The Kustomizers" is well earned, and through the years he and I discussed many, many topics in our Interviews and in this one I wanted to focus on his early years.
He, and his brother Sam, originally worked out of a small garage, and George and his friends at the time not only had fun in the building of street rods & kustoms, but had some excellent adventures on the streets of L.A. and the surrounding area !
LISTEN THEN AS, in our Sunday Morning Interview Session, July 31st, 2011, at the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular In Salina, GEORGE talks about the exciting times of the late 40's which included street racing, avoiding the cops, and getting bullet holes in his street rod, and, how it all lead to hot rodding and building cars for Movies in the '50's and TV in the '60's !
NOTE: This is one Special Story that you'll want to share with your friends...make sure to give them a "heads-up" and tell 'em to Bookmark the Hall Of Fame Legends Site so they won't miss any of these fantastic stories by the pioneers & legends of the Rod & Custom Industry.
AND, OF COURSE, please Check-Out "The George Barris Tribute Page" I've installed to honor a true friend. Simply Click-On-Here to get there.
Many thanks....and, ENJOY ! JK
The Lobby Poster at the Top of the Page, and the Lobby Card Above, are from the first movie that George built cars for "High School Confidential". It starred John Drew Barrymore (Actress Drew Barrymoore's Dad), along with the luscious Mamie Van Doren, and, "The Killer"....Jerry Lee Lewis !
(Above: The first movie to feature a look at the Hot Rod Culture was "HOT ROD" in 1950. It starred JAMES LYDON and I had actually met him while I was living in Hollywood in 1964. He was a real gentleman, and had a good career as an actor for many years.)
(Above: The Beverly Hillbillies TV Series was the first of many shows that George Barris was involved in for TV Networks and Production Companies)
[All Photos/Images on this page courtesty of their original owners/copyright holders]
BE SURE TO CHECK-OUT THE GEORGE BARRIS WEBSITE: www.barris.com !
Great Info, kool kars & pix, videos, merch, and, much, much more !!
AND, IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD George's story of the Legendary "BATMOBILE" here's your chance ! PLUS, you'll also hear Batman & Robin ! SimplyClick-On-Here to listen !!