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!