Most pictures in this topic were made by a camera phone, hence the low quality of the pictures. Nonetheless, we are so happy with our new cabinets, we still want to share our PacMan-roadtrip with you.
Saturday the 20th of February, I got a textmessage from Gyruss which said:"There are 20 PacMan cabs and some Galaga's for sale, SICK!"
It was DarthNuno who made a topic about it. The picture said it all:
After some dreaming, drooling, checking the bankaccounts, private messaging with Ckong, fingerscrossing, etc. we heard the good news. Ckong was on it's way to Germany to negotiate with Paul, the seller, to make a nice bulkdeal in which we could join. Ofcourse we immediately said yes and gave Ckong our maximum price. I chose a Pacman and Gyruss went for the Ms. Pacman.
The next day Ckong informed us that the deal went through! I got a textmessage from Gyruss which said: "PacMan gek!"
Ckong posted some nice pictures of the cabinets on the forum:
And luckily for us, Ckong was a good negotiator and made a nice price with the seller.
We agreed to pick up both the cabs the next day. The Roadtrip was on!
Date: 5 March 2010
Authors: Ronald Reagan & Gyruss
Target: Pac-man and Ms. Pacman
Total length: 220 kilometers
Duration: 18:00hrs - 22:00hrs
We rented a van across the track, at our 'friends' of Kuperus. The place we usually go if we go pick up a cabinet somewhere. Some awkward people work over there, but anyway, we drove off. In the mean time it started to rain 'cats and dogs'. Gyruss took the rural route to hit the highway.
We drove through a well known fishing area, where Gyruss' little brother used to go fish at night.
Once we hit the highway, we got caught up in a traffic jam. Slow traffic all the way.
So, it was time for some funky soul music along with the additional info of an arcadebook.
Because of the slow traffic, we talked a lot about our soon to own PacMan cab's and why the heck Level42 didn't bought one? Haha. Furthermore, we thought the marketingstory about the Atari SwordQuest was one of the best we have ever seen. More info on that here: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/angry-video-screwattack/61988
We passed the IKEA. "Doesn't that yellow K look like the mouth of a PacMan
" Gyruss said. I started to worry there, a little bit.
In the meanwhile, the weather got worse. Rain, Snow, more cats and dogs. Just see for yourself
We just drove on, and slowly the traffic jam disappeared.
Finally we could leave the highway. We could smell our cabinets already. (could have easily been something completely else ofcourse, but you know)
We drove several kilometres before we entered a small village.
After that, we were getting closer to the Ckong's Lair.
Unfortunately our TomTom send us the wrong way. So, Gyruss guided our PacVan straight into a small forrest road! We phoned Ckong and he told us we were close.
After that, the meeting was on. We were warmly welcomed by Ckong.
We talked, looked, gazed, drank coffee & tea, looked again, gazed again, smiled big time, and were happy to pay Ckong for his work and effort!
After we loaded in the cabinets we drove straight back to Hillywood.
We unloaded the cabs while it was still snowing a bit.
Here is Gyruss his cabinet
And this is Ronald's
Then, it was time to grab something to eat. We went for a DonerKebab close to the Gyruss Lair.
Pretty expensive and long awaiting DonerKebab that was, but hey, who gives a flying..WE GOT A PACMAN!
So, here are some more pics of both the cabinets:
Front view of the Ms. Pacman
Ms Pacman marquee, which is also on the Pacman cabinet.
CPO, not C3PO, that's a whole different roadtrip
sideart of the most favourite cab of women, so I have read on http://www.arcade-museum.com/TOP100.php
and you must admit, some women do have taste when it comes to cabinets
the PacMan cabinet.
Frontside of the Pac cab. I love the details on the Bezel, the small fruitsymbols,points etc.
(note the Ms Pacman Marquee)
more nice details of the Ms Pacman Bezel
Makes you wonder, how many quarters have passed through...
Gyruss goes inside Ms Pacman?? what the..
and what do ya know..
IT'S ALIVE!!!that's all for now. Ckong, thanks for everything, without your effort, this roadtrip couldn't have took place!