Benjibear
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Monday, January 5, 2009 12:10:28 PM
I was going to put this in the history section but if the mods feal it should be there, they can move it.

I am looking for any history on Watkins Swinger. Wikipedia has an article that in my opinion is very poor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swinger_%28ride%29 

I thought it would be interesting to discuss rides and find out more about the history and technical information. Some specific questions I have, what years were they made, approximatly how many were made, are there any differences in the original rides before any modifications, was there a standard color(s) that the original ride came in, and anything else that could be of interest to people here.

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squirrel
Monday, January 5, 2009 12:49:03 PM
For the Watkins rides, you ask the questions, I can get the answers (almost 100%) -- I am in contact with one of the last remaining employees of the Grover Watkins Co. There are a couple other members here that know and deal with him as well.
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Monday, January 5, 2009 12:52:21 PM
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Originally posted by secret.squirrel

For the Watkins rides, you ask the questions, I can get the answers (almost 100%) -- I am in contact with one of the last remaining employees of the Grover Watkins Co. There are a couple other members here that know and deal with him as well.



Ask him about the history of Grover Watkins the man, his company and how he come to make rides.

Nobody ever seems to know anything about them.
BigGuyNC1
Monday, January 5, 2009 1:00:08 PM
If it's any help I believe Watkins was bought out by the Hi-Lite Co. of Greer,SC.
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BSA Mike
Monday, January 5, 2009 1:21:10 PM
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Originally posted by secret.squirrel

For the Watkins rides, you ask the questions, I can get the answers (almost 100%) -- I am in contact with one of the last remaining employees of the Grover Watkins Co. There are a couple other members here that know and deal with him as well.



Good Ole Shelton lol

im glad we haven't had to call him in 2 years
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Monday, January 5, 2009 2:03:34 PM
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Originally posted by Scott

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Originally posted by secret.squirrel

For the Watkins rides, you ask the questions, I can get the answers (almost 100%) -- I am in contact with one of the last remaining employees of the Grover Watkins Co. There are a couple other members here that know and deal with him as well.



Ask him about the history of Grover Watkins the man, his company and how he come to make rides.

Nobody ever seems to know anything about them.



I would love to hear the story.
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Monday, January 5, 2009 2:08:05 PM
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Originally posted by BigGuyNC1

If it's any help I believe Watkins was bought out by the Hi-Lite Co. of Greer,SC.

I thought it was Venture....Did they buy Watkins too?
spudwrench
Monday, January 5, 2009 2:13:52 PM
The idea for the Swinger came about from the Mind of Bob Yaroudy in Evansville IN. I moved the first Swinger built for a yeat inorder to work out the bugs.
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Monday, January 5, 2009 2:18:06 PM
No, they didn't buy Watkins. They bought Venture. Shelton Tapscott is the sole supplier for all Watkins parts (unless you make them yourself) There were 42 Swingers built by Watkins Rides. Shelton told me one time that Grover Watkins burned all the blueprints for his equipment before he died.
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Monday, January 5, 2009 2:34:07 PM
would really like to here more on this subject..
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Monday, January 5, 2009 3:00:26 PM
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Originally posted by Greg

No, they didn't buy Watkins. They bought Venture. Shelton Tapscott is the sole supplier for all Watkins parts (unless you make them yourself) There were 42 Swingers built by Watkins Rides. Shelton told me one time that Grover Watkins burned all the blueprints for his equipment before he died.



Wow, I thought there were more made then that. It seams like every other show has one.
It is ashame that the blueprints were burned. I am sure even if somebody had them, they would think it was trash.
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SideWinder
Monday, January 5, 2009 3:05:50 PM
The Watkins Swinger was an awesome swinger during it's time, unfortunatly you don't see to many of them on the road any more, which is sad. It served it's purpose for what it was built for. Only 42 built, huh who knew.

On a small show it would still make money today but for the bigger shows who have the Wave swinger or the YoYo bet it wouldn't do as good....

2ndgencarnie
Monday, January 5, 2009 3:22:02 PM
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On a small show it would still make money today but for the bigger shows who have the Wave swinger or the YoYo bet it wouldn't do as good....





Agreed, the piece can still win it's fair share in the right line-up, but no doubt that it can't compete with a Wave Swinger or Yo-Yo.

I wonder how it would stack up next to a Zumer????
vcanfield
Monday, January 5, 2009 3:29:12 PM
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Originally posted by Benjibear

I was going to put this in the history section but if the mods feal it should be there, they can move it.

I am looking for any history on Watkins Swinger. Wikipedia has an article that in my opinion is very poor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swinger_ (ride)



My browser truncated the wikipedia link--it went to an entry that belongs in the off-topic section.
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Monday, January 5, 2009 4:43:06 PM
The Zumur would blow it away. High speed.
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