By day, Tim Neil oversees software development tools for Research In Motion, the company behind the Blackberry. By night, he transforms into a guy building a Tim Burton-era Batmobile that he'll be able to control via Blackberry.
Neil is no geek lost in a mechanical wilderness; his other ride is a heavily modified Subaru WRX/ He also admits to having an office filled with Batman ephemera, which helps explain his motivation for recreating a 21-foot movie car:
Wrenching on cars is my version of Yoga. It's where I escape and the rest of the world melts away. I'm able to think about the task at hand and be as creative as I want. I've realized that one of the things that drives me and makes me happy is creating "things". Whether it is software at work, working on home improvement projects or wrenching on my car.
For the last 15+ years I've been wanting to build my very own Batmobile and I've been researching and planning the build for the last 10 years. Well, now my wonderful and understanding wife has given me the go-ahead to follow my dream and make it a reality.
So far, Neil has found the requisite 1991 Chevy Caprice donor chassis, the WWII aircraft parts for some of the interior controls and drawn a line on how to acquire the .30-caliber machine guns.
The Blackberry software will use Bluetooth to open and close cowls, start the engine and several other functions. You can follow along Neil's progress on his blog here. (Thanks to Joe!)