TEST YOUR STRENGTH ON THE MIGHTY STRIKERS
Carters Steam Fair travels three Strikers – or "test your strength" machines – the Mighty Striker, Mother Striker and Son of Striker.
The Mighty Striker, the largest of the three, dates from around 1948, and is believed to have been built for showman "Chicken Joe" France. He sold it to "The Windsor Lad" Chris Rigden in about 1970, and we bought it in 1975 to use at the rallies and collectors bazaars that John and Anna Carter were running at the time. It was actually the first piece of fairground equipment the Carters owned.
In 1993 Joby Carter took it over and repainted it, and has since built up the Mother Striker and the Son of Striker himself to match. When we used to visit a farming or mining town, people would hit the bell every time – but these days most people are white collar workers; they can't wield a hammer like they used to. The smaller ones are more popular than the Mighty Striker these days, because you're more likely to hit the bell.
The Striker gives a prize every time, so even if you don't manage to wow your friends and relations with your awesome strength, you can still go away with a smile on your face. The secret to Striker-mastery is actually in the accuracy of the stroke – the flatter you hit it, the better your chance.
Who can have a go, and what does it cost?
Ready to test your strength? This game is suitable for any age, and costs 4 tokens for 3 strikes - you win a prize every time. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
|Hire the Strikers
If you are interested in hiring the Strikers, please click here for more information.They take about 1 hours to erect and measure approximately 26 feet in height down to the children's version at 10 feet. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear access to the site. Please note that hire price does not include prizes.