Really? Street legal bumper cars? If you don’t believe me, here’s a video I shot a few years ago that shows them in action.

They’ll be on display this weekend at the San Diego International Auto Show. Here’s the latest.

Private collection of restored, modified Bumper Cars to be featured at annual auto extravaganza

    The San Diego International Auto Show (SDIAS), which takes place Dec. 29, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012, has always been known as THE place to go to see the latest in automotive transportation. This year, the show has added a transportation feature that can only be described as, well, fun, as a variety of street legal Bumper Cars will be on display amidst the offerings of global automakers.
    “These unique vehicles will have show goers reminiscing about the innocence and fun of visiting the carnival or local fair and riding the bumper cars,” said Kevin Leap, director of the SDIAS.
    These are not just any bumper cars, though. This unique display of bumper car vehicles from the 1930s, 40s and 50s originally were part of amusement park rides in such notable locations as New York’s Coney Island and the famous Long Beach Pike in California. Additionally, there will be a special display for the premier showing of the “2012” bumper car project. Using original bumper car bodies, these vehicles have been completely restored with wiring added for lighting, windshield wipers and halogen headlights, and ten-inch aluminum wheels sporting golf cart tires, the vehicles meet the requirement for custom-built automobiles, and are registered for street use. The vehicles are part of a private collection and not for sale, but not to worry, there are 500 or so other 2012 automaker models to choose from.
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Hope to see you at the show!


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