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Street Legal Bumper Cars

mtrocket

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Billings, Montana
My XLR/V(s)
2007 Red Jewel XLR
These are SOOOOO COOL!!!

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. EitherKawasaki 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.
 

Lola's Mom

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Aug 6, 2008
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Location
Southern CA
My XLR/V(s)
2004 Black Raven
We actually saw those at the car show in Del Mar last month. They are VERY cool, and this guy did an outstanding job of restoring them. The wood bumper rails look so, so beautiful. He's got reflective spray on his license plates - made me laugh.
 

Sli1

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Joined
Jun 13, 2009
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Location
Dallas, TX
My XLR/V(s)
2008 Silver XLR
Don't tell Obama! We will have federal legislation mandating that we all drive these, in the 2 cylinder version. (Exception, or course, Congress will be exempt.)
 

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