Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Who likes Bumper Cars?


It's easy for a gear-head to be discouraged about the state of

the world, especially in times of Carpocalypse and Cash for Clunkers.

But occasionally, a bright light of awesome renews the spirit.

Road-legal bumper cars do just that.

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

Either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines for power, and retired

vintage bumper car bodies - transformed into the most awesome form of

mini-car we've ever seen.

There's seven of these little monsters floating around

California, and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a

gyro-gear loose builder on 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 Harley engines but rattled like heck and

Tom replace them with Honda or Kawasaki 750's... and a couple have been

'measured' [not run at] theoretically as capable of 160 MPH which is

terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase. Doesn't mean

we would totally rock one should the opportunity present itself. In

fact, we now have only one burning desire, to see these things running a

go kart track with a clown in the drivers seat.

Think of the fun you can have driving this around town.

I love the license plates!

I think these are limited edition models.  Where would you find some around here?

Ok, clutch, brake, gass and shifter!  That is all I need.  Oh no, you can't pick up girls! :-(  No wait, it looks like a two seater!!

Just remember you have a bumper car, the others on the road don't!

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