THE RASINI ROCKET CAR
We've had a bit of discussion about the "Rasini Rocket Car", including these from a man who should know, regarding the "close up" pics in an earlier post.
Hi, I'm Eddy Ventura and the rigging in the pictures is Rassini's rocket car taken sometime in the late 40's.
Cresso's rigging was in Houston Texas with Bill Siros of the thrill show although it is probably scrap by now.
Unless they obtained a second rigging the rocket car in Baraboo came from Aut Swenson's thrill show. It is very old, the photos I saw of it show at one time it launched two cars one going over the other.It dates to the 30's or earlier.
The rigging that Jay Cocoran bought from Bob Atterbury was Rasin's and after he made a new rigging I'm told the origanal was abandoned behind a gas station near Kennywood Park. Jay sold the rigging to Eugene Nock and he took out the somersault and built a car that looked virtually indestructable. He showed me a video clip a few years ago.
If anyone is intersted I'm a rigger at Mystere in Las Vegas.
So for those of you who haven't seen it in action here it is, even in a live performance it doesn't last long, so don't blink!