I grabbed this photo off the net to try to show the scale of this event--118,000 people attended the four day show. Over 7,000 vendors were open to show their wares. We were inside the Nationwide building, along with a row of Carroll Shelby Cobras, an 89 and a Tumbler in Batmobile Alley!
I didn't get a chance to meet him, but Jeff Gordon was there briefly to show off his Nickelodeon-themed car, along with a couple of Ninja Turtles.
Thursday and Friday were a little sluggish, but on Saturday, the attendance skyrocketed. We answered literally hundreds of questions from the fans as they passed the booth. In 11 hours, I was able to sit down only four times. Lunch was half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was awesome to meet so many people and tell them the story of Fiberglass Freaks and how we became the officially licensed builder of these cars.
Many commented that this was a "much nicer 1966 Batmobile than any they had ever seen." One person said, "Seeing this car erases the bad experience I had seeing a replica in the past." Some had even seen the #1 Futura in person, and were saying that they would much rather have this car than it!
We had several Batmans of all ages to check out the car...
And this cutie gushed when I let her past the ropes to sit in the car (notice her Tshirt). She and her boyfriend were awesome batfans.
I was interviewed by many news, radio, and newspaper reporters on Thursday and Friday, when it was slower. Pictured here are Lenny and Carl from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This interview played on the 80x300 foot LED jumbotron several times throughout the weekend:
The expression on this girl's face says it all:
Our good friend Jeff Linson gave us a ride back to our hotel Saturday night in his wonderful Road Runner:
All in all, it was a long weekend of little sleep--but it was incredibly rewarding. I would do it again in a heartbeat!