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What is this??

PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:32 pm
by Firsttime
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I must admit. I don't Luge. I race motorcycles. But I picked this gravity luge tube thing and know nothing about it. I believe it's from the 70's. Anyone seen anything like this? You lay face down and head first and has bicycle forks with grab handles to steer the front wheel. It also has a brake lever on it. You are held in by a harnes, so if you crash you stay with the rig.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:56 am
by Jorge Sousa
Hi ,
I believe that´s a Skatecar .
A piece of museum you have there .
You can look for information about it in www.ncdsa.com (disciplines).

Jorge
www.endlesseyewear.com

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:34 pm
by North_Coast
yessir, looks like a skate car to me. dig around on the internet a little, and you can find recorded television broadcasts of skatecar races from the 70's!

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:04 am
by OldSkateGuy
Hello everyone, my friend Matthias sent me an email about this posting. If sure looks like a skatecar. However, on skatecars that were raced in the 1970s, only lean controlled steering was allowed. Some of the other rules included:
Maximum length - 10'
Maximum weight - 75lbs
Maximum axle width 12"
Brake and parachute required
Maximum wheel diameter - 4"

Are the wheels and trucks still intact?

I raced as Signal Hill and Akron in 1978 in the Vetter Streamliner skatecar. Below are links to some pics and a video.

http://www.craigvetter.com/pages/Other_Designs/Skateboard_page.html
http://skateboardersjournal.ning.com/video/2076552:Video:92

All the best,
Jack

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:28 am
by Firsttime
I read the rules you mentioned. i.e, maximum of a 4" wheel. It's missing all the wheels but it looks like it has a traditional bicycle fork at front which lead me to believe it took a larger wheel than a 4" wheel.. Looked inside it more and the harnesses has hand written in marker "inst. 77" (installed 1977?) which might establish the actual date of build. The tail section with the hole that you can see in the picture could have housed a chute. The guy I bought it from is a friend of mine who got it from his neighbor years ago from whom supposedly won a race in a Bumbershoot event. (Seattle thing). Unfortunately the original owner is not alive anymore.

Thanks for the all the interest in figuring out this thing. It may be a nice peice of history. I'm enamored with it now!

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:06 am
by rwadley
here is a site with 20 "gravity cars." Some look similar.

http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/20-grav ... y-gravity/

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:53 am
by ChrisMcB
My thought was GF-1

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:27 pm
by FrankW
Just watched the video... I wanna build on of those! Every year we have an adult soap box derby held on Mt. Tabor in Portland, Or. Streetluge is specifically banned, but I think one of those might be able to squeak by the rules.

-Frank

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:49 pm
by Firsttime
If anyone would like to buy it, feel free to make me an offer. I need my garage back. Thank you everybody for responding.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:37 pm
by FrankW
If I had any money at all I would totally be up for buying it. Where abouts are you located? I might have to do a quick sale on some hobby stuff to raise some funds.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:37 am
by Firsttime
I live a S.E. of seattle wa. I know it is al little far from Oregon.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:01 am
by inzane inc
that looks like it would be to much fun, are the pictures of the bottom side??? i can't figure where the rider fits.... how much do you want for it?

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:35 pm
by ChrisMcB
The rider fits INSIDE.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:17 pm
by Firsttime
The pictures are of the top side. I will try post the bottom pics. Yes You fit inside and enter through the bottom with three harnesses holding you in. It is a tight fit. As far as the price couple hundred? let me know what you think is fair.

Re: What is this??

PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:40 pm
by Firsttime
Back again after 4 years. Just pulled it out of storage again. If anyone is nitrated let me know.