Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hi guys and gals... I just wanted to let you know that I will be out of town for the next few days - as always there will be new posts for you, and I will try to respond to comments when I can. Meanwhile, on with today's post!
Here are three great photos from the personal collection of Steve Stuart, from a visit to Pacific Ocean Park. These are very rare views! As always, Steve has also generously provided some great commentary as well.
Here I am [I believe] beginning a ‘harrowing ride’ on POP’s-version of the Autopia - The Ocean Highway – sponsored by Union 76. Although some of the vehicles of the Ocean Highway were manufactured in Germany, and had a front end more resembling that of a bullet-nosed Studebaker, my “stylish beauty” – the Streco Turnpike Cruiser – was made stateside by the Streifthau Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio. Off to the right appears to be a rubber-tired version of a “train”, the Union Flyer – also sponsored by Union 76 – but I’ll be damned if I can find any info on it, whatsoever.
Portions of the trackage for the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster (the former High Boy) can be seen in the background, along with a “cast member” apparently lounging on the job... The High Boy was seen in many a TV show and movie, most-famously, I suppose, was its inclusion in the 1953, 3D film Man In the Dark. (And oddly-enough, it’s available on Blu-ray in 3D. Definitely fun to watch for the opportunity to see the sights of a 1953 Ocean Park Pier, complete with a wonderful Laffing Sal, and the 3D effect used to great results while capturing the action on The Whip).
In this shot it looks as if Jeff was just released on his journey, with Don still being restrained by the “big, long, white/black arm”. It’s sort of an odd design, quite-obviously pushing the cars off to the right side of the “roadway” to prevent them from moving forward, necessitating each driver to ‘correct’ his steering before proceeding.
In this final image of the Ocean Highway, the only question I have is – just what does that woman who is walking next to my cruiser have in her hair, or covering her ears-?? Could it be a ‘stylized version’ of a tin foil hat; and if so, just how is that working out for her-?
Those miniature automobiles are quite a bit clunkier than their Disneyland counterparts, but that just makes them all the more charming in my opinion. And if that lady needs a bit of tinfoil to keep the Russkies from beaming bad thoughts directly into her head, what's the harm?
Thank you to Steve Stuart for sharing these awesome photos.