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Old 03-09-2012, 06:05 AM
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Default Remember driving the bumper cars at amusement parks

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



THESE ARE



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!
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For some reason that last picture is making me laugh.

But neat idea though.

They all have cool license plates. I like the orange one "I B BUMPIN"
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Awesome work and idea.

They are, however, no longer street legal.
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Originally Posted by THT Mod 2 View Post
Awesome work and idea.

They are, however, no longer street legal.
Agreed... one of the coolest things I've seen! On the street legality - why? No airbags or other govt. mandated safety poo-poo? They seem every bit as safe (if not more so) than a motorcycle or even a golf cart (street legal here in AZ). Just curious.
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very cool idea...little nostalgia...
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Yep great post 240! I'd like to see one all jacked up as a mud mobile with big mudder tires.
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Originally Posted by ScarabChris View Post
For some reason that last picture is making me laugh.
I had the same reaction -

Am guessing it might get a bit hot with no barrier between your legs and the engine compartment.
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