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The Pinball Limo Tour: Photos and Recap

By Bakushan

5 years ago

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    #1 5 years ago

    So in case you missed the original thread in the events section here it is.


    The basic synopsis is that I personally believe that events drive interest, excitement and growth in our hobby. Big or small, near or far, public or private when people gather to play pinball this is a good thing. While many of us are blessed to own several machines, the greatest joy of ownership comes when you shares them with others. Certainly, having people over to play is a common theme of most pinball owners with a collection.

    I thought to myself, what could I come up with that was different to create an exciting event for pinball players in my area? So the idea for the Pinball Limo Tour was born.

    Its simple really, just rent a limo for 12 hours, divide the cost of the rental by the amount of seats, and then setup "hosts" to allow you and the people on the limo to come by and play for a few hours.

    A few potential hosts were not so keen to have strangers over, which I totally understand. Some others didn't have the space to host several people, and some others didn't feel like enough of their machines were up and running. Still, I was able to find 3 willing hosts here in our area. Each of these 3 private home collections is unique in its own way, awesome, and amazing to experience. As a collector, I love to see how other collectors integrate their collection into their lives, how their spouse deals with it, and how deep in they are to the hobby.

    14 of us, including myself signed up for the tour. Several pinsiders joined us.

    We met at 11am, dropped off our cars, and hopped into a luxury stretch navigator SUV limo. It was... cozy... since a few of us are cheeseburger lovers, but it was just fine. Oh... and I brought along a professional magician as a surprise to the other guests... and the tour stop hosts.

    STOP 1:

    Stop one was at home in a normal suburban neighborhood. The owner Louis and his wife welcomed us in and we quickly found his amazing game room up stairs. In addition to the pins in his game-room, he had 4 vids in his office directly next to it. His Attack from Mars had just arrived, and were the first people to play it.

    -Bally / Midway Baby Pac Man
    -Bally Doctor Who
    -Bally Scared Stiff
    -Bally Star Trek
    -Data East Star Wars
    -Stern Lord of the Rings
    -Stern Shrek
    -Stern Terminator 3
    -Williams Cyclone
    -Williams High Speed II: The Getaway
    -Williams Pinball 2000 Star Wars Episode One
    -Williams Pinbot
    -Williams Space Shuttle
    -Williams Taxi (Marilyn)
    -Williams Terminator 2

    -60 in 1 Multicade Arcadeshop.com multi
    -Williams Cloak and Dagger
    -MAME Machine NFL Blitz 2000
    -Gold Spy Hunter
    -Star Wars


    Back in the limo it was nice and friendly!


    On the way to stop 2, we pulled over for lunch. I was able to get a donation from a fellow pinball enthusiast and business owner for lunch! Special thanks to More Fun Comics and Games in Denton!!!


    Walking into stop 2 I was shocked. Once again, we are in a seemingly normal neighborhood... but at this house the games had taken over. Games in the front room. Games in the side room. Games in the hallway. Games in the kitchen. Games in the living room. Pins and games upstairs. This is a home that is totally consumed by the love of games, pins, and arcade culture. How amazing! The hosts here, Rusty and Shelley were so nice and accommodating.

    -Simpsons Pinball Party
    -Family Guy
    -Doctor Who
    -Twilight Zone
    -Black Knight 2000
    -The Getaway
    -Ripley's Believe It Or Not
    -AC/DC premium
    -Joker Poker
    -Terminator 2
    -Terminator 3
    -Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back
    -Rush 2049 Special Edition x2
    -Donkey Kong w/D2
    -Pac-Man w/Mike Doyle's 96-in-1 kit
    -Omega Race
    -Warlords cock-tail
    -Space Duel cocktail
    -Speed Bugg
    -Atari 720
    -Elevator Action, vertical multi-game
    -Williams multi-game
    -JVL Retro bartop touchscreen


    I am on the far right, with the 2 hosts, and the magician Diamond Jim Tyler.


    Heading up to stop 3, the sun was starting to go down. This place was way out in the country in a tiny town. The game room was a stand alone building that was made for this specific purpose. This collection was the oldest of the 3, with the owner Ken being in this for more than a decade. You knows might know Ken as the Pinball Rebel! This place had nearly all of the A-List games, a mini bowling alley, and a coke machine that only gave out real sugar drinks in glass bottles! Tied together with a juke box blasting the tunes away as the matching music videos played on adjacent monitors, this place was just over the top!!

    -Tron LE
    -Pirate of the Caribbean
    -Lord of the Rings
    -The Dark Knight
    -Spider Man
    -Scared Stiff
    -Twilight Zone
    -Creature from the Black Lagoon
    -Monster Bash
    -Theater of Magic
    -White Water
    -Cirqus Voltaire
    -No Good Gofers
    -Medieval Madness
    -Champion Pub
    -Family Guy
    -AC/DC Premium
    -Revenge from Mars


    Here is a group photo, 2 of the people not shown.


    In conclusion this was just an amazing day I will never forget. Meeting new friends, being invited into the homes of fellow collectors and playing so many games was an experience I will never forget. Riding around in a limo was fun, not having to worry about driving or having some drinks. It was so intriguing to see how collectors deeper in have arranged their machines, curated their collection, and incorporated it into their homes.

    To all 3 host families, thank you so much for opening up your homes and private collections to us. It was because of you that this was even possible to begin with.

    To the enthusiasts of DFW and beyond, I will continue to create, arrange, promote and host events related to pinball. When not messing with my own events, I want to assist others with theirs in any way I can.This is what I want to do . I really feel as if doing little things to change it up and keep it fresh can have a long term beneficial impact on our hobby as a whole. Thank you all for your support. Long live pinball.


    #3 5 years ago
    Quoted from mojozone:

    looks amazing, great and clever idea. jelous im so far away, looks like you guys had a blast.

    Thanks so much for checking it out! Maybe you could organize something like this in your own neck of the woods?

    #9 5 years ago
    Quoted from joelreeves:

    so cool you put this together. you are doing some amazing things for the hobby sir.
    great interview on Gameroom Junkies, also.

    Thanks for checking that out man.

    I was looking around here on pinside to see if someone made a thread of it we have any listeners... cool to see someone heard it.

    You will be hearing much more about my efforts and events as time goes on. This is just the beginning.

    #22 5 years ago
    Quoted from Xerico:

    As a participant in this tour, here are some of my observations about the travel portion of the tour.
    #1. When a limo company says a limo can fit 14 people, they mean 14 people squeezed in tightly. If the price is the same, I would rather take this tour on a tour bus (ala Greyhound style bus) over a limo.
    #2. Always, and I mean always, bring a professional magician on the tour. Diamond Jim Tyler was the super secret special guest. His magic tricks were fantastic and he almost stole the tour!
    #3. Start the tour earlier in the morning to account for travel time to the first location.
    #4. Jared deserves every prop and hearty slap on the back he gets for this tour. It exceeded my expectations. Well done.

    thanks so much!

    Always going to improve!!!

    #25 5 years ago
    Quoted from rommy:

    Allright Jared...please accomodate your fellow pinheads wishes with the following:
    1) Rename the event to something markety and catchy pinball related.
    2) Offer high rez professional (by you) photos of whatever the host wants as a benefit to opening their gameroom.
    3) Offer hosts a small plaque with the date and name of event as a commemoration, something to hang on the wall
    4) Include professional highrez photos of the event and at least one group shot for the host. The group shot could be hung with the plaque.
    5) Plan an event in Los Angeles.
    6) Plan New York.
    7) Plan Seattle.
    Chi town.
    You get the picture. I think your proof of concept is done, now let's get exotic.
    Finally - overseas baby! I know some argentinian pinheads who get real animated....
    ps-price point - stay low and then as it gets down to the wire offer the BIG upgrade to the tour bus. plan is for the bus from the beginning, but we want to avoid sticker shock.
    pps-I am curious Jared - should you start with the guests? or the hosts? which did you do for this tour?

    Haha. So much info!!!!!

    Ok, we'll to your last question. I lined up the hosts first. Without hosts, there is no tour. So I made sure they were all setup in advance before marketing the event.

    The event is non profit, it was all covered by the participants and one sponsor. It's not cheap, but it's a ton of fun.

    I don't care to make money on events (yet) but I'd rather not lose any. I take a lot of pleasure in creating and organizing events, so my reward is seeing people say they liked it.

    Other cities is possible, but honestly it's so easy there is no reason why someone can't copy my idea and just do it in their own city. That's part of why I shared this all in such detail, to inspire others to promote pinball in their own way.

    I thought the event DID have a catchy name. Lol. I do marketing professionally... I could do better.

    #27 5 years ago
    Quoted from chadsugg:

    Excellent job with this


    When's its gonna happen in Tennessee?

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