Side to Side What a Ride
A Fun Fair classic with ingenious motion of ‘wheels within wheels’. The ride rotates in one direction, whilst the individual car groups rotate in a counter direction creating a weaving effect. The motion is thus ‘slowed’ at the outermost point and ‘accelerated’ at the innermost point, creating seeming ‘near-misses’ with other carriages.
The Twist ride has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring rides ever to grace the UK fairgrounds. Production began at the start of the 1960s and continues to the present day. Neither the motion of the ride nor the specifics of the passenger containment have changed in all this time, showing the ingenious formula to be an absolute success. The ride has effectively ‘re-invented’ itself aesthetically in each decade, proving another formula for success: the fact that showmen want to be seen as presenting up-to-date amusements. The 1970s saw the introduction of a platform based ride, adding a chance to incorporate ‘flash’ in the form of painted sections. The 1980s saw the development of the ‘Sizzler’ ride, with Perrin Stevens developing the motion drive and portability of the Twist, while introducing a hard and stark aesthetic of angular fibre-glass flash.
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