If you are looking for dodgems hire or bumper car hire then we can help.
You can now hire 3 different types of dodgems, there is the 2 types of large modern dodgems and the smaller traditional dodgems please see below for info on both.
Modern Dodgems Hire
The modern dodgems are all built on one truck and this makes them much faster to setup than the traditional dodgems.
Modern dodgems come in 2 sizes, 16 cars (65ft x 40ft) and a 24 cars (85ft x 40ft)
Both types of dodgems can play music if needed at your event.
Traditional Dodgems Hire
Traditional dodgems are a full build up dodgems ride, meaning they have to be built piece by piece by hand. Because the traditional dodgems is built piece by piece they are a better choice when the gate is to small for the new modern dodgems.
Sizes needed for the traditional dodgems hire is 75ft x 52ft and the traditional dodgems has 16 cars.
Dodgems for weddings
As you can probably guess, dodgems for weddings are one of our most popular hire request and for good reason.
Dodgems are amazing to entertain your guests and also give you amazing photo opportunities. The photos below give you a idea of the perfect opportunities to get photos for your wedding album.
Frequently asked questions
Dodgems Hire Price? As each event is different it is had to give a cost, please tell us your event info and we will send you the best quote we can do for your event.
How long does the dodgems take to setup and take down? For the modern dodgems the setup time is 5 hours and take down time is 2 hours. For the Traditional dodgems setup time is 8 hours and take down time is 3 hours.
Do the dodgems have public liability insurance? Yes all the rides have £10 million public liability insurance.
Are all the dodgems annual tested? Yes all the dodgems have annual ADIPS tests and then we are given a Declaration of Operational Compliance (DOC) of an amusement device in accordance with Section D of HSG 175: Fairgrounds and amusement parks – Guidance on safe practice
Can the Dodgems be setup on grass? Yes all the dodgems for hire can be setup on grass. If the field is soft we also supply trackway hire so we can still get to the setup location.
Do you need power? No we do not need power because we have our own super silent generator to power the dodgems and this is in with the price we will quote you for your event.
Hire dodgems for wedding? Yes we hire all 3 types of dodgems for weddings, birthday parties and all other special occasions.
Can children ride the dodgems? Yes but they have to be accompanied by a adult at all times.
How do dodgems work? Dodgems work by pressing the pedal for power to move and turning the steering wheel to change direction, they are like driving a electric car, no gears just press and go.
Dodgems hire locations
We hire dodgems in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cheshire, Coventry, Derby, Derbyshire, Doncaster, England, Essex, Halifax, Harrogate, Hull, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Northampton, Nottingham, Oxford,Reading, Milton Keynes, Scotland, Sheffield, Stoke On Trent, Surrey, Wakefield, Wales, York, Yorkshire, this is just to name a few but we cover all of the UK.
Bumper Car Hire
If you are looking for bumper car hire we can help.
We can hire bumper cars for photo shoots, TV and film.
If you are just wanting to hire bumper cars on there own please tell us how many you are needing and what you are wanting them for.
Please note that the dodgem cars will not work when they are not on the dodgem track because they get there power from the roof of the dodgems track.
kids Bumper Cars
If you are looking for kids Bumper Cars for hire we can help.
kids Bumper Cars have become very popular over the past few years. They are that popular now they have become one of our most popular children’s rides we hire.
The kids bumper cars are battery operated, they have a inflatable ring around them and move inside a inflatable barrier.
They can operate on any flat surface because they come with a hard floor they can drive on.
If you are interested please contact us.
Dodgems/Bumper Car history
The Dodgems as we know them today were introduced in Britain in 1928 by Messrs Lusse Brothers. Earlier models of this type of ride had been in existence before this time, but they did not gain popularity in the UK until they were presented in the fairgrounds by a number of British firms including Orton and Spooner, Robert Lakin, Lang Wheels and Rytecraft. Savages were in decline by this time but they did build a set of Dodgems for London showman Patsy North.
The origin of the Dodgem track is difficult to trace with several claims to its invention and a multitude of patents in existence. However, the most important aspect of the Dodgems is their development into their current format; a controllable bumper car powered through an electrical pick-up linked to the roof nets. The Pleasure Beach at Blackpool had a Dodgem type machine as early as 1913 called the Witching Waves whereby motion was provided by a complex arrangement of tilting floor panels. This is likely to have been upgraded in 1921 with the Dodgems introduced and patented by concessionaire George Tonner.
Dodgems first patents
Paul Braithwaite’s index of patents has various entries for Dodgems; the first patent is simply described as a ‘Dodgem system’ in 1921. It is not clear if the ‘Dodgem system’ resembled a modern day machine. The next ones date of 1923 and are described as, ‘Dodgem type rocking horse and Bumper cars on dished track’, and ‘Bumper Car’ patented by Lusse Brothers. Lusse Brothers provided further patents in the following years for drive mechanism and steering, which indicates a development towards the modern Dodgems. It is still unclear whether the famous electrical pick-up via pole was in operation at this point. Three more patents followed in 1928 from different companies including Lusse Brothers for ‘Dodgem electrical apparatus’, ‘Dodgem Car power unit’ and ‘Dodgem Car improved bumper’. Certainly in this latter period Lusse perfected the Dodgem car as a microcosmic motor car with futuristic designs appearing up until recent times.
Information source the university of sheffield