Drew Expositions Purchases Velare Space Wheels
Show owner Jimmy Drew reported to Carnival Magazine that Drew Expositions has acquired the classic Velare Brothers (Curtis and Elmer) piece, the Space Wheels. This one-of-a-kind piece was owned by Royal American Shows for many years before Cumberland Valley Shows purchased it. It was last owned by Pat Guthrie’s Gold Medal Shows. Drew Expositions has experience with similar major restoration projects such as their work on the Seattle Wheel. “We just took this ride into possession on Wednesday, October 24,” says Jimmy Drew. “It is going to be a showpiece,” he says of the 1958 ride. Jimmy expects that it will take the show two to three years to restore it. “We’re not in a hurry and we don’t want to cut corners.” The show will first steady the trailers and load, next get it loaded in the sequence that they want it, and then begin on the restoring of the trailers. Once that is complete they will take the ride piece by piece from rim rails to spokes and modernize it with top-quality materials. Among the work that Jimmy already knows they will do is the replacement of old tires with new, tubeless ones; replacing the axle with a new suspension system; stainless steel boxes and fencing; and replacing the dolly system. They will also modify the drive system, slowing the machine down during operation and thus making it more of a family ride than in its past life.
“The Velare Brothers were artists in their own right and we do not want to see this magnificent and elegant work of art confined to the trash bin of history,” states Jimmy Drew who is excited to restore this piece for the show as well as for the benefit of the industry-at-large.