I might go to that auction and see what happens. I could come across a good deal! I missed one on ebay, a guy was selling a Hershell kiddie coaster for only $800 but I ended up not bidding (I should have)
While at the Norton Website I noticed that Paul Bunyon Park in Branaird, Minnesota is Closing too. :( I visited that park in 1989 while en route to the ACE Summer Conference at Valleyfair! and Arnold's Park. They had a little Steel "Credit" Coaster as well as a rather unusual ride that sent riders 50 feet up a Glass Tube on a Cushion of Air. That ride was not mentioned in the Brocure, so I don't know what happened to it.
The key factor in auction prices for rides is simply how many parks (or carnivals) are interested in a particular ride. If none are, the ride is sold cheaply for scrap or to collectors or as museum pieces (eg. Zippin Pippin at the Libertyland auction). If one park is interested, they can get a real bargain as DelGrossos did with Revolution. If more than one park is interested, that is when the price can get higher, especially if the ride is a rare one. *** Edited 9/6/2006 12:40:15 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
There will (supposedly) be quite a few people from other amusement parks at the auction, so I'd imagine most of the prices driven beyond the reach of most enthusiasts. That said, I might be interested in being a "financial backer" to anyone bidding on the scooters!
Talked with the manager for awhile the day we went to Erieview....Norton apparently does most of the auctions involving amusement rides/parks...be on the looked for a TR coming your way...(all parks bulletin, hehe, APB).
and while I'd love to ride some of these goodies at your residences (Matt, Michael, Sara, etc.)....I'd still KINDA prefer they go to parks where they could be enjoyed by MANY more people.
Of course, if no parks are buying...then by ALL means, save these rides. If I had the land (and the money, LOL), that train would be mine - all mine... :)
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When a few of us were going to buy the Euclid Beach scooters we were considering "donating" the ride to a needy park like Bushkill, where the lease price probably would have come in the form of a season pass of some sort. Of course, since a certain park in Elysburg got to them before we did, things never got very far.
I'm with gator- the rides should be in a park, unless no park wants them, in which case private ownership is a LOT better than a dumpster!
I'd love for a park like Knoebels to pick up the Octopus. After riding Erieview's, I was reminded of how much fun they are. But I agree that a lot of parks in attendance might see Erieview's stuff as a bunch of parts doners.
CLP appears to be interested in the Ferris wheel as a replacement for the one they currently have but which is badly in need of repair. Both wheels are 12 seat Big Elis.
I would like to see some park pick up the Fright Zone stunts and cars for addition to their park. Wouldn't it be nice if Conneaut Lake could get them and then DAFE and others could help with the cost of setting the ride up. First, this would draw in much of the former Erieview business. Second, this would bring in more people from Pittsburgh (the ride used to be at West View). Third, this would put CLP in a better competitive position vs Waldameer which will soon be adding a big wooden coaster.