Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where Do Old Bumper Cars Go?

Hat tip to Gail Downie; Nehalem, OR. for this great article.

Futurity Arts West
" Remember driving the bumper cars at the Fun Zone, amusement parks, or a fair don't you? They were so much fun! Well, now what do you do with old bumper cars? (Check out the license plates!)"


"Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal.

"They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines, and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we've seen in a long time. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California, and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego, who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap.

"They were originally powered by two cylinder Harley-Davidson motorcycle engines, but they rattled because of the two cylinder vibration, and Tom replaced them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750's. A couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase. By the way, they are almost indestructible in accidents!"  More photos here.

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