Maybe more infamous than Gary Balough himself, is the no. 112 dirt car that he drove to a win in 1980’s Super Dirt Week at Syracuse, NY.
Nicknamed “The Batmobile,” it was a feat of racing engineering, created by Balough and car builder Kenny Weld. The pair and their team transformed what is said to be a Lincoln, into one of the most advanced race cars ever developed at the time. It was so dominant on the track, that Balough’s competition were absolutely humiliated by his performance. Track officials could hardly believe the car was legal, but ultimately had to admit that Balough and Weld’s creative interpretation of the rules were indeed legal.
The car featured many creative tweaks like its enormous flat, angled roof, which acted like a sprint car-like top wing. Such wings were not permitted, however “The Batmobile’s” roof was technically legal. It also featured massive air tunnels on both sides of the body. These tunnels had inlets that Gary could control from inside the car.
The innovations made in the creation of “The Batmobile” completely changed the sport of Dirt Racing. It is in part, responsible for the sport as we know it today. Gary and the ‘Batmobile’ are still active to this day and Gary is still innovating, acting as a mentor and driving coach for Stewart Friesen and Halmar Racing