- The Washington Times
Friday, November 7, 2014

An Australian man has built his own street-legal Batmobile over the course of four years and uses it to entertain terminally ill children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Zac Mihajlovic built the car with the help of his grandfather, John Green, a retired engineer. Since then he has visited over 40 terminally ill children as “Batman.”

“It’s a brilliant, brilliant charity because it gives kids, sadly, their dying wish,” Mr. Mihajlovic said, Barcroft Cars reported. “I dress up as Batman and surprise the kids, sometimes knocking on someone’s door — obviously organized. Some of them run for their lives and it takes a bit of warming up to get them into the Batmobile. Some are just super pumped.”

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The vehicle actually has some parts used in 1989’s “Batman,” which starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, although Mr. Mihajlovic said that aside from a working afterburner there are no machine guns or grappling hooks.

“I was on the freeway … and there was this noise, and I thought there was something wrong with the car. It was actually the news helicopter from Channel 9 that chased me down the freeway. That was pretty memorable,” Mr. Mihajlovic said of the first time he took the vehicle out on the open road, Barcroft Cars reported.

Businessmen from all over the world have made offers for the car reaching the six-figure range, all of which Mr. Mihajlovic has turned down, Motor Authority reported.

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