Leo, a 4 1/2 year old Samoyed, wedges himself into the driver’s seat of the Batmobile which is based on a 2016 Polaris slingshot. Alexandra Hawkins and Amory Rauhala, both second graders at Glebe Elementary, scoot into the Batmobile next and practice their driving skills. David McDowell, the owner, says he bought the vehicle at a dealership in Bristol. “I bought it without a roof on it and drove it all the way back and couldn’t get out of the sun.” He likes his Batmobile because he can sit in it instead of on top of it, like a motorcycle. He explains he had a motorcycle accident.
Michael Fitzpatrick, organizer of the event, says he was there at 6 a.m. getting the parking lot ready for the event. Today’s event is part of a series of biweekly events from Sept. 18-Oct. 30. “On Oct. 30 we’ll have a DJ and Halloween theme. I’m going to wear a costume,” says Fitzpatrick,”for the first time in 40 years. I think I might be the Elf, like from the movie. I wonder if I can even find an Elf costume.”
The Cars and Coffee series is a free family-friendly event open to all car owners and car enthusiasts, no matter what age. The series features live local music and complimentary coffee and baked goods provided by Gold’s Gym. It is presented by Dominion Electric in partnership with Ballston Improvement District (BID). BID is a 25-block neighborhood with more than 8.3 million SF of retail space and 8,000 residential units. For more information www.ballstonbid.com