YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

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Monday, June 08, 2009

~QUASSARS QUIZ~MYSTERY ROCKET CAR????

TO BE HONEST, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE MYSELF, I NEVER WORKED WITH CRESSO, SO POSSIBLY IT IS HIS. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE OUT THERE CAN TELL US, HOW ABOUT IT EDDIE V.?

11 Comments:

Blogger Chic Silber said...

Cresso' Rocket Car played the

Commack (builing) season

opening date in the early 60s

Cresso (not his name) had

adopted a young kid to put in

the very crudely built car

The seat belt was firmly

attached to the seat but the

seat was poorly attached to

the car and came loose on at

least a few occasions I saw

The landing device was a pipe

frame that had a basket weave

pattern of canvas strips that

were cranked up on either side

so they would be unrolled at

the point of impact of the

tumbling car and driver

Often the boy's helmet was the

primary point of impact and

at two performances I witnessed

the entire car bounced out of

the frame and hit the ground

The kid was given a handfull

of wooden kitchen matches in

order to light the gerbs just

prior to the release and often

broke several with his shaking

fingers before he could get it

Sure was exciting

6/08/2009 11:58 AM  
Blogger Chic Silber said...

PS (building not builing)

This photo doesn't look

like Cresso's car but one

very similar

6/08/2009 12:02 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Sounds very similar to the Rassini Car history, I remember one of the drivers for Rassini had the nickname "corpse".

6/08/2009 12:23 PM  
Blogger Chic Silber said...

That name probably could have

been used for each of them

6/08/2009 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't look like Cresso's car. Both Rasini and Cresso had similar riggings. Both cars were motorcycle sidecars turned around so the bullet end was the front. I have a photo of the rigging that Rasini and Cresso's car were based on and it doesn't look like this. I like the description of the Rocket car in Commack, it was fairly accurate. I wasn't the boy in Commack, but I remember trying to light the fireworks with the oversize kitchen matchs Rasini gave me. Eddy Ventura

6/08/2009 1:58 PM  
Blogger Chic Silber said...

Thanks Eddy

I wasn't "the boy" either but

I was there to see it as I

worked the date in lighting

and sound and remember well

6/08/2009 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the "boys" was a kid from Sarasota named Jimmy Tindal, possibly out of the Sailer Circus. I don't know if he ever worked it or wisely walked after coming on and seeing the car bounce out of the net.
cc

6/09/2009 9:55 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

That is if it made it to the net at all.
At an Aerial Thrill show in Edmonton the car got off track & missed the trip that made it somersault. It did a half gainer, lande upside down short of the net putting Eddie Ventura in the hospital. The next day Barnes-Caruthers rep. Randy Avery called a meeting of the other acts,(The Arturos,Alex Albani, Les Parker, & myself), to ask us if we could tear the rigging down for him. Before he even finished, "Papa" Arturo was on his feet heading for the door, saying,"come on guys let's get it done".
Man what a bunch of "pig iron" that was, I have to hand it to Eddie, doing that job by himself.

6/09/2009 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sitting in the car was the easy part, putting it up and down and making it work, most of the time, was the work. If I forgot to says thanks for that help years ago then let me say it now to all the people that are still around including yourself Bill. Thanks!

6/09/2009 1:35 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

No you didn't forget to say Thanks, & we were glad to help out, I know through the years I have seen you jump in & lend a hand without being asked.
In a conversation with Ian Garden Sr. recently we were discussing the past compared to now, his remark was, "We had the best of it", & of my personal experiences, he is right.

6/09/2009 4:36 PM  
Blogger Chic Silber said...

From some rock n roll song

"You don't know what you've

got til it's gone"

Then I think it's something

about paving paradise and

and putting up a parking lot

We truly had the best of it

Much easier driving stakes

in paradise

6/09/2009 8:14 PM  

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