I have been looking for a race cabinet for quite some time.
After having some bad luck with an Outrun 2 cabinet and passing on a Super Hang On, I got a text message from Ronald Reagan with some very good news regarding a free Taito Chase HQ cab on Marktplaats.nl
I used to play this game quite a lot on my Amiga 500. Itís far from a classic but still a very fun game.
The owner told me everything works fine and the cab even includes the original manual and keys.
Because I have been very busy at work, I didnít have the time to pick the cabinet up right away. So a couple of weeks passed by and just before I was planning to make the roadtrip I got another message from Mister President himself.
This time the message was about a very cheap After Burner upright cabinet located close to the Chase HQ cab.
I played this game quite a lot in our local arcade and on the Mega Drive so it was a no-brainer to give this baby a new home!
The games are located in Apeldoorn and Wageningen, not too far from my home.
Because both games are very heavy my girlfriend and I rented some transportation.
For such a big truck we need some appropriate music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVDogAHSxlI
The navigation is set.
Here we go!
After about half an hour its time for our first pit stop.
Time to get something to eat and drink.
My girlfriend favourite snack.
And of course the real roadtrip food. Sorry Bruno, this Gas station doesnít sell Doctor Pepper.
When we walk back to the truck we get offered some goods from somebodyís trunk.
Are it drugs, weapons or cigarettes?
No, its something way more innocent;)
Time to smoke a cigarette and enjoy the view
The owner is leaving his house in about half an hour, time to hit the road again.
No time for Burger King, we will eat something on the way back.
Half and hour later we arrive in Wageningen.
Quite a depressing town.
We arrive at the location
The owner is a collector of jukeboxes.
And there it is: AFTERN BURNER 2!!
The owner moves the cab to the truck
The cabinet is quite heavy!
Enough room for another cabinet. Time to go get the Chase HQ!!
Off to Apeldoorn we go.
We are almost there
Wait a minute, whatís this, the camera isnít working anymore! Seems like the same problem Burno got.
F*&#@, this means there will be no pictures of the Chase HQ pickup.
When I got home, the camera seems to work again. Here is the Chase HQ Cabinet
The cabinet works perfectly, when you get close to the car you chasing the marque flashes just like real Patrol lights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMFDmJeGO6Q
The side art. Looks like Taito took inspiration from Miami Vice
And here is the After Burner Cabinet. The front is in quite good shape
But the side art is severe damaged; itís fixed with black duck tape.
The game itself isnít working fully. After one minute the screen freezes and there is also no sound.
The light on top arenít working, but thatís a known problem and should be possible to fix.
Hope you guys enjoy the story and extra special thanks to Ronald Reagan!!