Rhyl man creates batmobile for grandson

Published date: 09 January 2013 |
Published by: Matt Jones
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A RHYL man has become a superhero in the eyes of his grandson after building him his very own Batmobile.

Six-year-old Alfie Wilde is so obsessed with the 1960s television series starring Adam West that retired mechanic Alan Dennett built him a full-sized replica of the caped crusader’s car.

“Alfie is a massive Batman fan and I have always been quite handy at building things,” said Mr Dennett, of Coast Road, Rhyl.

“He got into the old series, that is the one he likes he doesn’t like the Dark Knight Rises.”

The project was started by Alfie’s father Mick, but was passed on to Alan after he fell ill, taking just over a month to complete.

“He likes to get dressed up like Batman,” said Alan, who lives with wife Maureen.

“His dad started it, he had the idea.

“We took a Daihatsu that had failed its MOT. We took the roof off and I put a wooden frame on it and fibreglass wings.”

Alfie, who lives in Heywood, Greater Manchester, was given the Christmas gift when he visited Rhyl during the festive holidays.

He said: “It was great.

“I loved it. I have been into Batman since I was two. It is brilliant, I really enjoyed getting in it.  I like Batman because he is a hero.”

“He was thrilled,” said Alan.

“It has made his Christmas and it made ours to see him so happy.

“There are still things to do on it to finish it, but it looks good. We are going to keep it here for him so he can sit in it when he comes to visit.”

The car has caused a stir with neighbours and passers-by.

“People are thrilled,” said Alan.

“They are really pleased and we have been getting a lot of attention.”

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