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DRIVING : Kustom Kars Are TV Stars

July 22, 1993|PAUL DEAN

George Barris is to movie cars what Edith Head was to costumes and Bud Westmore to makeup.

Barris costumes cars in fiberglass and Bondo. He then applies makeup in kandy-kolored enamel and tangerine flake pin stripes. After 50 years as King of the Kustomizers, Barris' credits include television's Batmobile, the Munsters' hearse, the Dukes of Hazzard's Gen. Lee and Knight Rider's talking Firebird.

Sunday, Barris will be center stage as the man and his creations are honored at the Beverly Hills Charity Car Show.

On the grounds of Beverly Hills High School will be the Batmobile, Madonna's roadster from "Dick Tracy" and the Monkeemobile from the '60s television series. More than 250 other cars will include American and European classics, muscle cars, hot rods, vintage racers and motorcycles.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $15 to benefit the Blind Childrens Center.

Far from retired, the maestro of Barris Kustom Kars in North Hollywood is involved in creating vehicles for new movie versions of his old television shows.

"I'm into second generations of the Addams Family, the Flintstones and the Beverly Hillbillies," Barris says. "Life really is exciting the second time around."

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