It’s a what?

These are some neat little vehicles. They are called street
legal bumper cars. That seemed like a goofy name until I tried
to come up with one on my own. Personal motorized devices and
single seat transportation pods just didn’t sound right.

After a little research I found out they go back to at least
a couple of decades ago. That was when a collector bought a
bumper car off a Long Beach amusement park that was closing.
The collector was going to have the bumper car restored and
put it in his living room as a conversation piece. When he
found out the cost it went on the back burner until a tinkerer
wandered in for a look. With a “you know what would be cool?”
attitude the tinkerer bought the bumper car, took it home,
and $50,000 later the first one was on the road.

The guy started with a Harley engine for power but it shook too
bad so he changed to a Honda 750 and the rest is history. Now some
are also powered by Yamaha and Kawasaki engines. These things
would have to get great mileage and have a cool factor off the
scale. They are popular in southern California but may not be so
well suited for our local climate.

The kicker is the claim that these things could go 160 mph! Now
that would be some ride. For some more pictures you can go
here.
Comments are always welcome.

6 Responses to It’s a what?

  1. nitrous55 says:

    They look Kool!

  2. Aren’t you the same blogger that thinks modern cars are too small?!

    Those things look fun but deadly, especially over 100mph… You could probably drive right under some of the SUVs on the road.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    nitrous55,
    I’m just surprised they haven’t got more press.

    QCI,
    Modern boring small cars don’t do anything for me. Retro-looking coffins on wheels that neat do. I’d even volunteer to try and break the World’s land speed record for bumpercars at Bonneville. I could just imagine one of these things at 160 mph.

  4. nitrous55 says:

    Besides, B-Ville. How about the quarter mile. I’d think these would make you mess your pants like the real(60’s style) Fuel Altereds.

  5. thescoundrel says:

    The idea of traveling over 100 mph in one of those does not attract me. 😉 I have been in a car doing 100+ and frankly the ride was not to my taste – and that was in a car that was built for touring. That thing looks like it would start to lift off the road once you got into the 100+ mph range.

  6. cruisin2 says:

    nitrous55,
    lol, I bet one of those would be a handful.

    scoundrel,
    I wouldn’t mind finding out just for research.

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