Cars! Cars! was one of two Hampton umbrella rides that were part of Great Adventure's original Ride-a-Rama children's area. These rides were available in many configurations including cars, trucks, motorcycles and spaceships. This particular version featured cars and trucks in varying forms.
Like all umbrella rides, Cars! Cars! featured dozens of lights all over the vehicles. The central umbrella supports featured fluorescent bulbs with plastic sleeves in varied colors.
The most loved and reviled feature of the ride was the vehicles "horn" buttons which made a loud buzzing noise to the delight of the young riders and the irritation of the ride's operator and waiting parents. Ride operators had the ability to turn he buzzer feature off, but often the parents would complain about their children's disappointment.
When the Ride-a-Rama section was removed to make way for the new park entrance in 1976, the ride was moved to the new Kiddie Kingdom area and renamed The Jackson 500. In 1979 the ride was moved to a new location within Kiddie Kingdom and renamed again, this time becoming the Happy Hotrods.
|In 1984 the Kiddie
Kingdom section took on a new theme and a new name as it became Shirt
Tales Land. The ride was now called Rick's Raccoon Raceway. The
following season as the Looney Tunes characters were introduced to the
park and the children's area became Looney Tunes Land, the ride was
renamed again, this time becoming the Road Runner Raceway. In 1988 the
ride was renamed Beep Beep Buggies as Looney Tunes Land became Bugs
Over time the awning covering the ride was replaced several times. The first few times an identical red, yellow and blue canvas was used, and later a solid teal awning and a teal and purple awning were substituted. The original awning featured a white fringe trim along the edge, and the replacements featured a simple scallop design.
|With the close of the
2004 season came the closure of Bugs Bunny Land to make way for the
Golden Kingdom. While some of the rides returned to the new Balin's
Jungle Land in 2005, the umbrella rides did not.
After more than 30 seasons the ride was retired and its fate is unknown at this time. Whether relocated to another park or sold or just scrapped, the variety of cars offered thousands of children hours of enjoyment, whether in a sports car, fire truck, antique car, track vehicle or on a motorcycle.