Holy Replica! Texas man builds head-turning 'Bat Car'

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by DREW KAREDES

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

KINGWOOD, Texas -- A custom car in Kingwood is turning heads, and it’s no wonder.

John Salazar said it took a year and a half to transform a Corvette into the custom made creation he calls “The Bat Car.”

Salazar has built all types of cars in his spare time.

This time around, he said he was looking for a challenge like never before.

“To me, the top of the hill was building some type of a bat car,” Salazar said.

Salazar said almost everything from front to back of the car is custom made. According to Salazar, most of the car is formed from fiber glass.

He said it’s taken many tedious hours to tweak every little detail inside and out.

“[It’s been] blood, sweat and tears, lots of blood, literally, where I cut myself and it dripped into the car,” Salazar said.

Salazar’s 11 and 13-year-old daughters have taken a special liking to this custom made creation.

Eleven-year-old Megan Salazar said her classmates think it’s pretty cool when her dad drops her off at school.

“[They say] whoa -- it’s pretty awesome,” Megan said.

Salazar said he’s hoping to turn all of the attention toward a good cause. He’ll be showing off the car at a benefit for cancer research over the weekend.

“The Bat Car” will be at the Cure Fest at the Humble Civic Center Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Event-goers will be able to take photos with the car. Salazar said a raffle will also be held to give someone the opportunity to take a ride.

“The best part of having the car is being able to give back,” Salazar said.

WFAA sister station KHOU asked Salazar what it could cost an eager buyer to drive off in the car.

“I would’ve made more money working at McDonald’s than I’ll ever make off the car. It’s a labor or love,” Salazar said.

The car initially started to get attention after it was posted on Craigslist for a cool $125,000. The ad had been pulled down by Thursday night.

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