Beautiful weather and classic cars made for a perfect combination Saturday afternoon at the 10th annual Spectrum Health Continuing Care car show in Grand Rapids.
As they gathered outside the Spectrum Health Continuing Care Rehab and Nursing Center on Fuller Avenue, residents, family, staff and community members were treated to a sunny afternoon chockfull of classy automobiles from past and present.
Among them: a red 2013 Camaro convertible, detailed bumper to bumper in Batman décor. It even had a hand-painted engine.
The Camaro’s owners, Vic and Ruth Bennett, of Newaygo, Michigan, have attended the car show for the past 10 years.
“Next year, we are planning to have Gotham City painted on the engine,” Vic said.
When the TV series “Batman” began in 1966, Vic would dress as the fearless superhero, in full costume, for parades and local events.
“People started calling me Batman, and still do to this day,” Vic said. “Friends and family started giving us Batman memorabilia, as well as us collecting it. Then when I got this car, Ruth said we should make it into a ‘Batmobile,’ So we did.”
For Vic, it’s not really about the car. It’s about bringing joy to others when they see it.
“If I can put a smile on just one person’s face—well then, my day is made,” he said. “That gives me the most joy.”