Boys and Their Toys

by Ann Moses on October 23, 2013

AnnMonkeemobileOne of my favorite keepsake photos from “back in the day” is of me with the Monkeemobile. Their official car was created by Dean Jeffries for the TV show. It was a customized Pontiac GTO. The Monkeemobile would often be parked near the set, whenever it was a part of the script for the boys to be driving or riding in it.

During those same years that the Monkees TV series ran, 1966 to 1968, I Batmobileoften traveled to the set of the Batman TV show. We did stories on Adam West and Burt Ward, and I had so much fun on their set because it was such a campy, well received TV series. Unfortunately, I never got a photo with either of the stars or of the Batmobile itself.

Another unforgettable “toy” was commissioned by the Vox Company, renowned for making the Vox AC30 guitar amplifier, the Vox electric organ, and a series of innovative electric guitars and bass guitars. Vox approached George Barris to build a Voxmobile guitar auto. Their idea was to fabricate a custom roadster that would function both as a car and as a mobile amplifier, designed to be used for promotional purposes.

The Voxmobile was seen in an episode of “Happening ’68,” hosted by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay. I never saw this car up close and personal either, but there were definitely some wild imaginations at work during this time and all have become collectors’ items selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Dick Clark checks out the Voxmobile.

Dick Clark checks out the Voxmobile.

Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere take the Voxmobile for a spin.

Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere take the Voxmobile for a spin.

Good times. . .Ann Moses reporting about “back in the day.”

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