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Whoopee Auto Coaster
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This is video of the Whooppee Auto Coaster in Lyons, IL in 1929. Gee...what could go wrong? I bet lawyers were lining up.

https://www.efootage.com/videos/54662/auto-roller-coaster-1929

Posted on: 1/11 8:18
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Re: Whoopee Auto Coaster
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Only $.10!

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Posted on: 1/11 8:37
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Re: Whoopee Auto Coaster
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Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. But one rotten section and the fun could end rather abruptly. Or you get a real daredevil on the course who gets airborne and flies off the track. I'll bet that is what finally happened.

I heard that that is how board track motorcycle racing eventually ended in the early part of the last century. The wooden tracks were exposed to weather and would quickly deteriorate. Rotted sections would give way, leading to horrific accidents during races. Imagine hitting a pile of lumber at 90 mph. Ouch!

Posted on: 1/11 12:38
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Re: Whoopee Auto Coaster
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Don't quite see the attraction myself but I guess in times without much in the way of organized entertainment options you do what you can. Note the times the park is open and statement that grounds were well policed, day and night.

Truly that must have been a gentler time as the policing was probably done by an unarmed person walking around looking for mischief makers and with a gentle suggestion they cease their activity and move on. Too bad the same cannot be said for attractions today because even if there is an effort to police grounds, all too often it has to be done by someone armed and with the expectation of a hostile reaction.

Posted on: 1/11 13:02
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Re: Whoopee Auto Coaster
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From reading some background on this, the company built several of these around the country. The Great Depression hit, and they all were gone by 1931.

I can almost hear the clatter that must have made with cars driving over it.

Posted on: 1/11 13:15
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