Batmobile sticks out in Vancouver traffic
Today (March 22) I finished binning early, which is why I was sitting in the window seat of the McDonald’s in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue in time to look up into rush hour traffic just before 4:30 p.m. and exclaim:
“Oh look, it’s the car from The Little Mermaid!”
This comment was entirely for effect. Everyone knows that Ariel drove a pink car.
The shiny black vehicle with the fierce serrated fins that was rolling by on a flatbed trailer was clearly Michael Keaton’s ride from the film’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).
My first thought actually was: “Oh, there must be an auto show in town” and I was right. The Vancouver International Autoshow is running from March 23 to 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
I have no idea what this year’s event will feature, beyond perhaps—just maybe—Michael Keaton’s Batmobile.
A pit stop for some tiresome Bat-trivia
On closer examination, the West Broadway Batmobile may not be authentic all the way down to its tires, which are high-performance racers made by the Indiana-based McCreary Tire & Rubber Company.
It’s known that by the time of the Joel Schumacher-directed Batman & Robin sequel in 1997, the Batmobile tires featured a cool-looking but otherwise ridiculous bat logo tread pattern. However it’s no longer clear if the Batmobile tires in Tim Burton’s original two turns at the Bat were tricked out in any visible way. Some people say yes, others say no.
An image posted on Imgur purports to be a closeup of one of the 1989 Batmobile’s tires and shows text embossed on the sidewall reading: “Wayne Motor Enterprises Prototype” and “RCK STDY-TX7”. The image is certainly a 3D render from a Batman computer game. Too many of the curves are made of straight line segments.
Wukipedia’s Batmobile entry lists the tire specifications for the 1989 model as high aspect L60-15s, whatever those are. Click the images to enlarge them.