The street legal bumper car: Child’s greatest dream come true.

by Mike
Posted January 29th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Do you remember back to the days of when you were a kid? Were you fortunate enough to be close enough to a local carnival or fair so you can experience the thrill of bumper cars at least once? For most of us who ventured into such areas as kids, bumper cars held some kind of weird fascination in our little minds. Hell, even to this day I’m still obsessed with bumper cars when I go to local fairs. It never changes really. With that said, what would you do if you saw someone cruising around in a bumper car, not simply contained in their little wire cage, but actually out and about on the street? That’s exactly what GearDiary’s Travis Ehrlich saw at a local carnival.

At a local “Western Day’s carnival, there was plenty to see, hear, taste, and do. Though I’m pretty sure that the *coolest* thing by far was the street legal bumper cars. The bumper cars were old cars from the Long Beach Pike amusement park destined for the crusher until Tom Wright came along and saved them. After spending countless hours restoring several cars, Tom had quite an army on his hands.

The most interesting part about these little miniature cars is the power under the hood. Originally fitted with Harley engines turned out to be a crap shoot as they were simply too loud and put out too much vibration to make much sense in terms of practicality. After a quick trip back to the drawing board, Tom settled on Kawasaki 750cc engines instead. 750cc may sound puny but when you’re driving a car that weighs at most a couple hundred pounds, expect to hit triple-digit speeds — how’s 160MPH fancy ya? That’s exactly what these little speed rockets were dyno’d at.

All I can say Travis is that you’re a lucky man for even being able to look at such things in person. I for one would love an entire clan of these things. Sadly, I don’t have enough organs to harvest for the needed funds. *Sigh*


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