Friday, February 09, 2007

MARK RACOP, 1966 Batmobile Replica Car Maker : Part 2

Here's part 2 of our interview with Mark Racop, 1966 Batmobile Replica Car Maker!

Bat-Blog : Do you ever make other bat-vehicles like a Bat-Bike or Bat-Boat, etc?
Racop : We haven't built any other bat-vehicles yet, but a Batcycle and a Batboat will probably be in our near future.

Bat-Blog : What type of Engine? Top Speed?
Racop : We use the stock Lincoln 460 engine, but we replace the distributor, the alternator, the oil pump, the radiator, add two electric cooling fans, and we replace the carburetor with an Edelbrock. ( More detailed specs can be found at Justin's Batcave Website, we'll post that later on down in the interview. )
I don't know what the top speed is. The fastest I've driven a Batmobile is 85 miles per hour. My partner Jeff Sandberg has had one over 100 miles per hour.

Bat-Blog : What kind of car body do you start with?
Racop : We start with a 1972-1979 Lincoln town car. We cut the entire body off the car except for the floor pan and part of the firewall. We do a LOT of work to the chassis and the floor pan, and then we make the body completely out of fiberglass in our custom made molds. The car is built in sixteen sections, then the mold is bolted together, and we fiberglass the seams. The sixteen mold sections are unbolted, and we have a beautiful Batmobile, ready to flip over and attach to the chassis. The original Batmobile was a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that never went into production. It was a one-of-a-kind vehicle that will never be duplicated because it cost $250,000 in 1955!

Bat-Blog : Speaking of prices, how much are these Batmobiles you make?
( This was the #1 Question asked, ha ha ).
Racop : Our Deluxe Build is $85,000, and our Standard Build is $75,000. The Deluxe has working gadgets, like the rocket exhaust flame thrower.

Bat-Blog : How many have you made total?
Racop : We are building our fifth car, we've repaired a Futura sculpture, we're repairing Chris Woodside's wrecked Batmobile, and we're making the body for #6. We have two more Lincolns torn down and ready for bodies, and we have another Lincoln ready to tear down.

We're pausing this interview for a minute to present to you an actual TV News Broadcast of another interview with Mark Racop! We will return shortly.

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