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 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 Terminator 3
-Williams High Speed II: The Getaway
-Williams Pinball 2000 Star Wars Episode One
-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
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
-Black Knight 2000
-Ripley's Believe It Or Not
-Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back
-Rush 2049 Special Edition x2
-Donkey Kong w/D2
-Pac-Man w/Mike Doyle's 96-in-1 kit
-Space Duel cocktail
-Elevator Action, vertical 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!!
-Pirate of the Caribbean
-Lord of the Rings
-The Dark Knight
-Creature from the Black Lagoon
-Theater of Magic
-No Good Gofers
-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.