An Eli Bridge "Scrambler" or twist in operation in the USA.
The Whirl-A-Round Twist is a fast thrill ride – swoop and swirl past fellow passengers with just inches to spare! Eli Bridge & Co. were aeronautical engineers in the USA who expanded their business into fairground rides after the war. The Twist, or Scrambler, was invented by them in the 1950s, and was constructed in aluminium.It was immediately a very popular design, and was widely copied – particularly in Britain, where it was often made of steel.
This example is an original Eli Bridge model, and they are becoming quite scarce these days so it's a rare survivor. It underwent a total ground-up restoration ready for the 2016 season, including a sparkling new paint job by Aaron Stephens in our paintshop, inspired by Silcock's Twist which was based in Southport – in fact the power to run it comes from the original generator from Silcock's Twist. The machine was stripped right back and shot blasted, every single nut and bolt was gone over, and new bearings and running gear was installed.
This example, sometimes referred to as a 'grass-cutter twist', was imported from the States to Southsea by Shufflebottoms, who operated it there for over 20 years. It was then bought by Henry Scarrot who travelled it for over 10 years, before selling it to Richard Cadell who operates it to this day. It was rare to find one in this condition – the cars are often pretty banged about, but this one is a very good surviving example in fantastic shape. The Twist joins us as a guest attraction – fast and exciting, it's a very popular ride!
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
A height restriction applies to ride the Whirl-A-Round Twist. It costs 5 tokens per person. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
|Hire the Whirl-A-Round Twist
If you are interested in hiring the Twist, please click here for more information. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get a lorry on to the site (any gate must be minimum of 10 feet wide). It runs on electricity, which we can generate with one of our lorry-mounted sets if necessary.