Thursday, June 19, 2014

& GN TO YOU Where Do Old Bumper Cars Go?








Where Do Old Bumper Cars Go? 
The ones in Coney Island and Rockaway Park
Back in the 20's thru to the 50;s ran on electric .
Had a pole on the back going to a metal electrical
Charged overhead plate. 

Remember driving the bumper cars
At amusement parks or A fair, don't you?
They were so much fun..... 

Well, now what do you do with old
Bumper Cars?

(and 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
Too long. 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
Like heck because of the two cylinder
Vibration and Tom replaces them with
Four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750's
And 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!