Opened: April 1977
Manufactured By: Gebrüder Ihle – Bruchsal, Germany
Number Of Cars: 40
Ride Capacity: 80 (2 per car)
For at least 26 years, the Dodgem Hall had been located near the center of the Midway. It became the Auto Skooter from 1966 until 1977 when it was replaced by the Scamper bumper cars for kids. Simultaneously, a new regular-sized bumper car ride, Boomerang, opened in a new building on the North Midway where the Zugspitz had been since 1973.
The cars are identical except for the color and the “Ford”, “Opel” and “Benz” names on the front of the car. Little has changed on this ride since it opened. Before the current color scheme, the exterior was painted dark and light brown. There were detailed paintings of antique cars across the top with the year, make and model of each listed below them. These were painted over in the early ’00s. The interior walls were repainted in the ’90s with a large Lagoon and Pioneer Village logo and again around 2001. New pictures of antique cars were added in 2003 and the sign on the front above the entrance was replaced a few years later. In July 2015, the sign was updated a third time.
Lagoon newspaper advertisements. Deseret News, Apr 1977.
RE: LHP Contact: Rides at Lagoon. Email messages to author from Alan C., Feb 2011.
Chronological Order Of Attractions At Lagoon. Lagoon Press Kit, 2011.