Holy pit stop, Batman! Quincy native visits Summy Tire for repairs on flatbed hauler with interesting cargo
Summy Tire owner Jeff Carter looks over a vehicle on the back of a semi-trailer brought to his tire store Wednesday morning in Quincy. Terry Woodcock, a Quincy resident with ties to the motion picture industry, was driving the truck to Los Angeles and stopped at Summy to get a flat tire fixed. Due to a confidentiality agreement, Woodcock couldn't comment on the three vehicles he was hauling, but internet reports suggest they are for the latest "Batman" movie. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
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Published: 8/25/2011 | Updated: 1/19/2015

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Quincy resident Terry Woodcock was just passing through town Wednesday -- and he had company.

Contractual agreements prevented Woodcock from confirming or discussing what the cargo was on a flatbed he was hauling, but published reports indicated he was transporting three of the Batmobiles used in the latest Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

The three cars that Woodcock was hauling had been used in movie scenes filmed in Pittsburgh and were en route to the West Coast. Filming of the movie is scheduled to wrap up in December.

The hauler that Woodcock was driving across the country needed repair work done at Summy Tire, 418 S. 36th, which allowed him time to visit with friends and answer questions.

"I look forward getting back to Quincy as often as I can to see my (10-year-old) daughter, Tori," Woodcock said.

Woodcock, 50, a former world-class monster truck driver, has worked for more than a decade in a variety of areas of the motion picture industry. Although he has some film appearances to his credit, including "The Dukes of Hazzard" movie released in 2005, he is best-known for his stunt-driving ability, choreography of action sequences and work as a technician.

As an actor, Woodcock also has used the stage name Terry Tarantino. In recent years, he has been busy supplying and building vehicles for such films as "Fast and Furious IV," "Fast Five" and "Death Proof," as well as "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Although Woodcock is often tied up for months at a time with films, he always is in Quincy on Sept. 4.

"That's my daughter's birthday, and no film is as important as being here with her," he said. "I have never missed her birthday."

Woodcock retired from the monster truck circuit in September 2004, ending a 24-year career that saw him drive his own Cyclops and Generation X machines. He made numerous appearances at Quincy Raceways and had the opportunity to be behind the wheel of such legends of horsepower as Grave Digger and Bigfoot on the national monster truck circuit.

Woodcock says he will often build as many as 15 cars to be used in the action and crash sequences for one particular film.

"Sometimes it takes more than one take to get it right -- you can't have just one car," he said. "More than one take is usually necessary. I've had as many as eight cars destroyed to get just one shot right."

Summy Tire has done considerable work on the cars that Woodcock has supplied for movies.

"We've had all of the General Lees (the familiar orange car from "The Dukes of Hazzard") in here doing front end work on them," Summy owner Jeff Carter said. "It's pretty cool."

Woodcock said he is happy with the way his career has evolved and believes he is in the perfect spot in life.

"After all of those years racing monster trucks, I needed something easier," he said.

-- seighinger@whig.com/221-3377


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