The bumper car ride at the amusement park is one of my favorite rides. It’s just fun driving your bumper car and slamming it into another bumper car. But some folks have taken it to another level.
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's 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 Harley motors but they rattled like hell and Tom replace them with 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. 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. No idea where the clown came from.
However, don’t expect to be buying one anytime soon. Joe was recently offered $75,000 for one of his cars and without even thinking about it, he turned the offer down. He just doesn’t want to part from his brain children, and it is likely to stay that way for a long time to come. Joe has proved that it is actually possible to transform a bumper car into street legal car, so what are we waiting for? Wouldn’t it be fun to bump into someone on the way to work… it’s bumper war time!
got a call about a disturbance in the local Walmart parking lot. It was about 2:30 in the morning when the store manager told them that there was a group, apparently drunk, playing bumper cars with the handicap scooters.
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