Considering the popularity of Knight Rider on NBC back in 1982. It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise to me that a kiddie ride was produced. Although I have to admit that I’ve not seen this early 80’s Knight Rider coin-op ride before today.
While like many of you out there that visit The Retroist. I too have some rather strong memories of begging for a quarter from my Family. For a few minutes time to ride a galloping horse or even a rocket ship outside a local store.
Of course there were more varied options vying for that precious quarter.
While it is quite true that my Family didn’t tune in on a regular basis to catch the adventure of Michael Knight and KITT. I can truthfully say there were more than a few Summer nights when visiting my Grandparents where the neighborhood kids would gather to watch it at one of their houses.
Now I can’t pin down an exact date for when this Knight Rider kiddie ride was manufactured. Or I should add I’ve yet to find anything official in my research. The video below uploaded by GMS1975 is quite amazing nonetheless. Furthermore I have to add that I was shocked their was no theme song from the television show while the ride is operating.
However, thanks to the likes of Pinterest it would appear there are multiple versions. For example – check out this intact version of the kiddie ride.
But then we have this version of the Knight Rider coin-op ride. Notice the lack of a left-hand door. As well as the variation of control panel layout and style of steering wheel.
Perhaps the easiest answer is that FLAG just went into mass production with the Knight Industries Two Thousand model?
Now that you’ve taken a look at the Knight Rider coin-op ride. Why not take a moment to watch this 1996 home video from Universal Studios Hollywood?
[Via] Pippo 702
Are you still craving a little more about Knight Rider? Well – the Retroist has you covered with Episode 22 of the podcast!
Hmm. Not feeling so well…maybe I should listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks and David Seville’s advice and go see the witchdoctor? At the very least I need some of that Vanilly Cap’N Crunch cereal you’ll see in the commercial!
Vanilly Crunch? I had no idea they ever made such a cereal! A huge thanks to ReturnofLatinPupE for uploading this segment and classic commercial over on YouTube.
Last weeks post, Saturday Morning Pac Preview Party (1982), was so popular I thought I would keep the ball rolling on these Saturday Morning Preview, with the help of master video poster, dukeofcrydee. The Duke, as I like to call him, also posted the 1985 NBC Saturday Morning Preview show, which is aptly, but loosely (in name) based on the “Back to the Future” with some Wizard of Oz thrown in for good measure.
The special features Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show) who is read to sleep by Lisa Welchel (Blair from The Facts of Life). Keshia in her dreams meets all the stars of NBC’s Saturday Morning Shows and they need to help her escape her Dream Zone. It might actually be better than then Pac Preview Party, simply because it includes Welchel (dressed as Glinda the Good Witch) singing the now classic (and on my mp3 player) “Back to Next Saturday”.
Saturday Morning Preview – Back to Next Saturday (Part 1 of 2)
Saturday Morning Preview – Back to Next Saturday (Part 2 of 2)
Gotta get back..back..back…
In 1985, the Chipmunks were joined by the Chipettes for the live stage show called “Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Amazing Computer”. I HAD to see this show, because as anyone who knows me will tell you, the two think I love more then anything in this world at Chipmunks and Computers. If you were also lucky enough to have seen this amazing show, it probably changed your life and you have been chasing that high ever since.
Stop! Now drinks in the awesomeness of this ad. Smurfs and Snorks interacting. Gummi Bears hanging with Chipunks and Punky Brewster. A Bruce Springsteen reference! Oh and NBC robots. That just scratches the wonderfullness of this work of beauty. Why is this not in a museum?
Click on the Image for a Larger Version to drink it all in.