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STREET LEGAL BUMPER CARS

     
    It's easy for a gear-head to be discouraged about the state of the world, especially in times of
    Car apocalypse 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 are 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 driver’s seat.