Former fairground lad now retired!

Former fairground lad now retired!

By Sapper886

July 01, 2017

11 months ago

In the mid 60s thru to mid 70s I worked in the now defunct Spanish City fairground in Whitley Bay UK. I had two air rifle ranges, helped on a Winchester and Remington .22 range and also had a coconut shie for a season. Fun but hard work, in the breaks we all played on the slots or pinballs and I always wanted to own a pinball. After retiring I took up pinball restoration in a small way, one or two a year so far. I've stuck to Williams and Bally after a very hard time with a Gottlieb Flying Carpet. Here in the UK parts aren't easy to come by! We did have lots of arcades but our weather ruined old EMs stored in garages and sheds. My mission is to bring some back to life. Last one was a Lucky Ace shown in the photos, it doesn't live too far away now. Currently I'm almost done on a Big Valley and debating whether it's worth saving a Seven up with an awful backglass , just maybe I can get a modern plastic replacement made???? Lots of shops doing vinyl and plastic signage these days.

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10 months ago
good luck!
10 months ago
"Lucky Ace" was one of the first games I was drawn to when a local arcade opened in the mid '70s. It had fast gameplay, and getting the triple bonus was a thrilling feature. I owned one several years ago, as well as two copies of "Dealer's Choice", but I've since sold all of them.
Thanks for the interesting story.
8 months ago
Check for The back glass. They do pretty good reproductions of many of those hard to fine Ian back glasses

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