I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's going to travelling carnivals all the time (we had no amusement park where I grew up) One ride that I remember from them was called the Tempest. It was similiar to a scrambler, but had 2 rotating arms with two round gondolas attached to each arm. It gave the same ride movement and feeling of a scrambler, but the arms were slightly tilted and the round gondolas held (guessing)10-12 people each.
I have been searching to find the manufaturer of this ride or if any are still functioning. I have so far not found anything. Does anyone remember this ride or have any information on it? Thanks in advance for whatever you can provide.
They usually have one or two for sale...maybe!
I know what your talking about. I have only seen one in my entire life, sometime back in the ninties. Some models have Umbrellas on top of the round Barrels.
They must be very rare.
"The fish are eating the guest, sir"
*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 on 8/12/2002. ***
I believe they were built by Watkins... but I may be mistaken.
The only other ride I can think of by Watkins was the Rampage, a bizarre take on the Chance SkyWheel. I believe the Tempest also came in a model called the Hustler, which was themed to resemble balls used on a pool table.
I'm sure I have a photo around here someplace...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
May I suggest asking about this on this board here?
This site is where lots of showfolk, fans, and modelers interested in carnival rides congregate. A little slow in postback times since it is the middle of fair season, but I'm 100% sure you'll find the answer to your question there.
Coney Island (Cincinnati) ride operator
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