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Batmobile to be on display at Santa Maria car show

The Batmobile created by George Barris for the 1960s “Batman” television show is among the cars that will be on display Memorial Day weekend at the West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals car show in Santa Maria.
The Batmobile created by George Barris for the 1960s “Batman” television show is among the cars that will be on display Memorial Day weekend at the West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals car show in Santa Maria.

Holy hotrods, Batman! The iconic 1960s Batmobile will be among the vehicles on display Memorial Day weekend as part of the West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals car show in Santa Maria.

Cruisin’ Nationals, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, will be May 27-29 at the Santa Maria Fairpark. (The West Coast Kustoms car show was held in downtown Paso Robles from 1982 to 2007.) The event is open to American-made automobiles manufactured before 1961.

About 800 vehicles will be on display, organizers said, including the Batmobile designed by George Barris for the 1966 “Batman” television series as well as Aquarius, a custom car owned by Metallica frontman James Hetfield. Also on display will be Memories, a customized 1954 Mercury Roadster created in honor of Cruisin’ Nationals founder Rich Pichette, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2010.

Event highlights include the Santa Maria City Cruise on May 27, a model car show on May 28 and a swap meet on May 29. Weekend attendees can also expect auto-related vendors, live music and an auction benefiting Alzheimer’s research.

Admission is $15, or $10 for seniors and $5 for military members. Children ages 10 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, or in advance at www.westcoastkustoms.com.

For more information, contact the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Center at 800-331-3779 or www.santamariavisitor.com.

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