"We first met George 30 years ago in April 1997 when we had traveled from Florida to meet him at his shop and to see the original Batmobile. Although George was busy he took the time to chat with us at length and autograph several photos and a book for us. We were there at his shop for about two hours taking photos and talking with some of the fellows in the shop. It was a real pleasure for both of us to meet and talk with him, one we will never forget.
I ran into George a few more times over the years and last saw him in May 2011 again at his shop. He was always friendly and loved to talk with his fans. It was at that time I met Joji and found her to be as delightful to talk with as her dad.
George was one who set high standards for the kustomizing of various vehicles in the automotive industry for many years. There have been a lot of kustomizers over the years but there will only ever be one George Barris, "King of the Kustomizers.""