By Andrew Liszewski
If Antiques Roadshow has taught me anything, it’s that people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for the smallest bit of nostalgia, which is probably why something as big as this Classic Storefront Rocket Ride available from Hammacher Schlemmer comes with a $10,000 price tag. (Instead of the nickel it would have cost you to ride it back in the 1960’s.) In its defense though, the Rocket Ride is an authentic unit that has been completely refurbished to its original state including the tapered nose cone and retro space travel graphics. And thanks to a new electric motor, the ride still works like it used to, providing the passenger with a thrilling minute of rising, diving and banking motions. The working handlebars can be used to control the speed of the ride, and the unit also includes ‘realistic’ rocket and countdown-to-launch sound effects.