Press Releases

Councilor Sheila Tyson Inviting the Public to Attend Willie Perry Day at Old Car Heaven As Efforts Continue to Restore the “Batmobile”

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                              Monday, August 3, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL– Birmingham has a rich history of birthing many citizens who become catalysts for change. Willie Perry also known as Birmingham’s own Batman, took change into his own hands literally and set out on missions to help those in despair. Perry was well-known for cruising around the City of Birmingham searching for ways to help stranded motorists and giving free rides in his customized 1971 Ford Thunderbird, touted the “Batmobile Rescue Ship.” During his rides around Birmingham, he also used the car to provide gas, jumper cables and tools to help citizens restore their broken down vehicles. His duties didn’t stop there as he could also be seen giving free rides to heavily intoxicated drivers, and provided transportation to elderly people with doctor’s appointments, just to name a few.

Tonight at Old Car Heaven Councilor Sheila Tyson will join Greater Birmingham and surrounding communities at 6 p.m. to celebrate Willie Perry Day where there will be fundraising efforts to help restore and preserve Perry’s “Batmobile Rescue Ship” which was placed in storage after his untimely passing in 1985. Councilor Tyson, along with other community activists will also create a foundation for the youth of Birmingham to begin vigilant community service projects in Perry’s commemoration.

“It is very important that we keep Willie Perry’s memory and legacy alive in our communities as a whole,” Councilor Tyson said. “He was the epitome of a good Samaritan, and we can all keep the value of his goodwill going in our daily efforts as citizens. Restoring the ‘Batmobile’ and getting our youth involved in a foundation geared toward his acts of kindness is a great way to start.”

Who: Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson

What: Launch of Willie Perry Day, Batmobile Restoration

When: Monday August 3, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Where: Old Car Heaven, 3501 1st Avenue South, 35222

For more information please contact District 6 Committee Assistant Kelvin Datcher at 334.207.3282.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.908.7392.