LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The funeral for George Barris turned into a classic car show as mourners paid respect to the legendary custom car builder by arriving in their uniquely designed vehicles.
The Los Angeles Times reports an array of roadsters and muscle cars filled the parking lot of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where a memorial service for Barris was held Saturday.READ MORE: Kings Place Adrian Kempe In COVID-19 Protocols
“George always liked the big show and the daughters and the granddaughters and the grandsons, we all put together this great send-off,” Edward Lozzi, Barris’ friend and publicist, said.
Barris, who created television’s original Batmobile and helped define California’s car culture with colorfully designed vehicles, died Nov. 5 at the age of 89.READ MORE: Pedestrian Found Dead On Roadway In El Monte
His pioneering work in designing customized cars made him an influential figure for car club and hot rod enthusiasts, many of whom participated in a vehicle procession to his burial site.
Leading the parade was a customized hearse designed by Barris, carrying a custom-painted gold casket.MORE NEWS: Missing Diver's Body Recovered After Hours-Long Search
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