Automobile Enthusiast Builds Car Props at Home
What happens when a wealthy man loves geeky movies and cars in equal measures? Obviously, he starts building the cars from those particular movies at home.
Tired of building Camaros and Mustangs for three decades, automobile enthusiast Jerry Patrick turned to a new love: building impressive movie car replicas.
The first car to catch the eyes of anyone visiting Jerry’s garage is without a doubt the Batmobile. Mind you, this is not the updated version that was featured in Nolan’s mobies, but the old one, which in my eyes is more classy and a tad terrifying, just the way the car of a bat should be.
KITT from Knight Rider, much like all the other cars in this series, was built using parts from multiple vehicles. These cars were built for Jerry’s own enjoyment, but from time to time, he exhibits them at community events, so that people can see, touch and smell them from up close.
While not car props per se, these vehicles could get a role in a movie any day of the week. What’s particularly impressive about these car replicas is that Jerry did his best to reproduce as accurately as possible both the exterior and the interior of the vehicles.
The Mystery Machine, the van used by Scooby Doo and his friends, must have taken less time to build than the Batmobile, for example. Batman’s car took Jerry three years to make, but The Mystery Machine didn’t need much more than a paint job.
The seats found inside The Mystery Machine provide the necessary comfort after going through a shock. After all, solving mysteries involves shocks, right? I may not have watched a lot of Scooby Doo episodes, but I really recommend watching the Futurama episode that had the characters drawn in the Scooby Doo style.
Gone in 60 Seconds might not have been a masterpiece, but hey, at least Jerry isn’t building cars from that crappy franchise known as Fast and Furious.
Herbie, the antropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that appeared in numerous Disney movies, can now be found in Jerry’s garage.
Jerry’s future projects include Mater from the movie Cars, an A-Team van and Bumblebee from the Transformers movies. If those cars will look even half as good as these ones, I’m sure that they’ll be a hit. Till then, check out the following feature report about Jerry and his amazing creations.