Chattanooga's Amusement Products Makes World-Wide Attractions
At Sir Gooney's in Chattanooga, no matter the day of the week, you can find someone ready to race. But what most racers don't realize is that these products that push people to play are produced right across the street.
"We make go carts, electric and gas, pitching machine you see in a batting cage. We have bumper boats, and spin zone bumper cars." Dutch Magrath is the man behind Amusement Products. But before they can race, bump or spin, these pieces start as strips of metal, that Wade Wood bends and welds into shape.
"Oh man it's awesome," Wood says, "you get to build the most things for people in the world to ride and then sit there and watch them, and the smiles on their faces. Especially the bumper cars, man it's awesome you get an adult or a grandfather riding with their grandson, you can't beat it."
Then it's on to assembly, where the latest go-karts on the track get their ooomph. "We take the frames put on the batteries, put on the motors, put the control system ,the sound system in this case," Magrath explains.
"We created a sound system so instead of riding a silent electric cars, because all electric cars are silent, it has a computer generated engine noise that sounds like a Nascar. So when it says gentleman start your engines, you hear a race sound as you go around the track."
Once the bells and whistles are in place under the hood, it's time to add the visual appeal, complete with a hometown stamp that travels all around the world. "You have an idea of what you'd like to see happen and you know what you think what you think the public will react to," Magrath says, "and fortunately for us the reactions have been really higher than we expected with our new products."
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