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Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR!

Posted: 4/18/07 at 11:08:14 AM
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There was a great article in today's Star-Ledger of Newark about the WHOOPEE TRACKS...1930's-40's roller coaster style attractions where you drove your own car on the tracks!...I've included a link below, but the on-line article doesn't include a undated photo, published in the paper today, of the track in Camden, NJ...so if you're local, you can buy the paper...if you're not, but would like to see the picture of the track, e-mail me your mailing address and I'll photocopy and send it to you..sounds like these were a lot of fun!

Mike

http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base/living-0/1176876111290590.xml&coll=1&thispage=1

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by MABrider MABrider Profile at 4/18/07 12:28:56 PM

Never knew of that.
But it brought back memories of when I was a tot around 5 - 6 years old (pre-1960), and my aunt, who must have been all of 18 at the time (the baby of my dad's family), would load a bunch of us into my grandmother's "heavy" sedan (big Chevy or Buick) and off we would go traipsing around the twisty/turny and not very populated back roads of the Boscawen/Salisbury NH area. Some of those roads were true "whoopee tracks!" My aunt knew just when to hit the gas coming up and over each hill.
This was back before seat belts and all the PC stuff of today.
Remember transmission humps in the back? We little ones would take turns getting on that at just the right time when she yelled "here comes a good one!" I figured out setting there on my knees was the best...and my head hit the roof at times.
Great fun, it was. Haven't thought about that in years; funny how something like that will trigger a memory.
I loved airtime then, as I do now!

Sorry if I digressed (well, almost).

Mike B.

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by CarolH at 4/18/07 2:05:08 PM

Geez Mike, you make it sound like you are as old as Ed.

Carol

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 4/18/07 4:36:49 PM

Sounds kind of like off-roading but with out the dirt....reminds me of a couple of roads I'd travel back when I was in college - these were decent-sized hills on back country roads, and if you got up enough speed you would get some good air as you crested the hill. Good thing my dad never knew about it.....it was his car!!!!

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by GreenEyez82 at 4/18/07 4:51:43 PM

I remember when my sisters and I were kids, we'd go visit grandma 1 or 2 times a year, down in the ozarks of missouri, there were plenty of times dad would hit the gas on a few of the hills and send us into sets of giggles when it "got our stomachs" my mom would just look out the window and smile

> There was a great article in today's Star-Ledger of Newark
> about the WHOOPEE TRACKS...1930's-40's roller coaster style
> attractions where you drove your own car on the
> tracks!...I've included a link below, but the on-line
> article doesn't include a undated photo, published in the
> paper today, of the track in Camden, NJ...so if you're
> local, you can buy the paper...if you're not, but would
> like to see the picture of the track, e-mail me your
> mailing address and I'll photocopy and send it to
> you..sounds like these were a lot of fun!

Kirks Myspace

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by MABrider MABrider Profile at 4/18/07 10:18:32 PM

> Geez Mike, you make it sound like you are as old as Ed.

> Carol

Oh, I bet Ed has a few similar memories, even though he is only 39.

Mike B. (take the tongue out of my cheek, please)

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by Alpengeist Alpengeist Profile at 4/18/07 11:26:23 PM

Anyone from Cincinnati who's driven up and down Rybolt Rd. knows what kind of float time you can get on those hills, even when you're not going that fast.

Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by wesk at 1/11/17 11:50:26 PM
Mike, Can you email a copy of that photo to me?
Re: Coasting..IN YOUR OWN CAR! by MABrider MABrider Profile at 1/12/17 11:51:09 AM
wesk said:

Mike, Can you email a copy of that photo to me?

Sorry, wesk, that cannot happen.

beastmaster Mike recently passed away.

Mike B.