What is an Automobile Roller Coaster?

I don’t know which better describes the answer to this question: “You learn something new every day” or “People do the wackiest things.”

At the monthly meeting of the Broadview Historical Society this afternoon, the presenter showed a clip from 1929 of an automobile roller coaster that once existed not far from our house.

After I got home, I got on my computer to see if I could find it online. I did find it, but first I stumbled across a blog with this article from the July 1929 issue of “Modern Mechanics.” The illustration looks exactly like the one in the video.

car_rollercoaster

The video clip includes sound. Mostly it’s the noise of the car motors. But periodically, one of the cars will pass in front of the camera — the one with the balloon — and you can hear the young women riding in the rumble seat shrieking with laughter.

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