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« on: December 20, 2011, 02:59:13 PM »




Saturday 17th of December 2011, 5h28am.



Usual stuff for my seventeenth UK Roadtrip  Tongue Yes, only three to go before the 20th UK special anniversary  Grin
But wait... no Dr Pepper this time? Arghh!  

Hum, I know today is not a good day for a long trip, the weather forecast is not good : snow  Undecided  But everything was organized for today, so no choice!
As expected this morning  arrow



...mhhh, finally it looks not too bad... only frost on the windows.

Ok, for my usual statistics  arrow



The clock is not correct... it's really 5:44am

This gonna be a looong road trip, so let's prepare some good music CDs...



OK, for the first stage, let's aim the ChrisChris house  arrow



Hell yeah! I won't be alone on this trip! I'm really happy to share this story with ChrisChris... and by the way, my wife is really happy too, she don't like to see me driving so far all alone  Tongue

Let's go... so far so good...



Snow  Lips Sealed Ok, it's not too bad ...melting snow so far!



Almost arrived at the ChrisChris house ... but this time... snow Undecided  I really hate driving on snow Evil
Fortunately, I drive with snow tires Cool (It is mandatory since 2011 in Luxembourg)



Fortunately, these stones are not frozen   arrow



...few meters from the ChrisChris's house...



OK, ChrisChris is on my side now! He's a part of this Bulk Buy deal. Serious things can start... let's set the hyperspace data to a very special location in UK  Cool  arrow



...just at the exit of the Chris town...nice view... full of lights ... I think it's a factory?  arrow



On the way to the Eurotunnel ... weather's getting better...



...and better  Smiley  arrow



Arriving at the EuroTunnel on schedule, but for some reason, we are stuck now  Ghost



It is the first time I'm stuck *before* the check in!

Breakfast for Chris  Smiley



OK, finally I can check in ... of course, we have now a slight delay  Undecided  arrow



Men! Why so many people here & now? Come on dudes, we are on road trip... priority access please!  Shocked



After more delay... we are almost in ...



The Sun shines... even inside 'Le Shuttle'  lol  arrow



Welcome to UK ... it's 12:44am - 1 hour because my car clock is not correctly set - 1 hour  (UK time), so it's 10:44am  Cool



The most famous motorway for us, European roadtrippers' ... the M20 !  arrow



Arriving at the Dartford Crossing...



Awesome super structure, I am impressed every time I see it. We will drive on it on the way back...

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 04:05:48 PM »

And it's time for eat... but hey... it's a UK road trip, isn't it? So no other choice than...THIS  arrow



Yes, we are happy : We have chosen to stop here by chance (there was no BK sign, just 'services'), and this is exactly the place I was looking for : a food court  arrow





Here we are  Grin  arrow



It's up to Chris to order... not easy to pickup the right one, huh?  Grin  arrow



OK Chris, I know you're hungry but ...



...before you start to eat, let me explain you the story of the Whopper... All started in 1953, at Jacksonville where...



...too late!  roll eyes Cheesy



OK no more blabla! Let's eat  Grin

Before leaving the place, I suggest Chris to pick up the last RetroGamer issue  Wink  arrow



Right, back on the road, with at least one picture that prove where are in UK and driving on the left  Grin  arrow



According my Nav car system, we are on location... Damn! THREE trucks here? Yes we are on location  Grin



I'm here for this ... WACKO  Kiss



Wacko is a 1983 arcade game by Bally Midway. It debuted during the "Golden Age of Arcade Games". It featured a unique angled, or "sloped" cabinet design and a combination of trackball and joystick controls.


This is the craziest shape ever done for an arcade cabinet. Impossible to miss it in a row of games. Except once in USA (In Houston), I've never seen it elsewhere. Impossible not having it for my kind of 'arcade-museum-concept' to come  Cool
In addition, the condition of that cabinet is very good.

Too add more value to this game, the current owner of this baby is ... the famous British video game programmer Archer MacLean (Dropzone, International Karate, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker... see his biography on wiki). See  Wink  arrow



Of course, I got with me a copy of International Karate to sign  Cool  arrow



Now my biggest fear of the day... will this oversize cabinet will enter my car?  roll eyes Pictures don't show the thing, but I can tell you it's a real monster!



Ok Chris, let's try to load it?





Here's the "cross story" with CKONG & GYRUSS... see their report right herearrow



So, will it fit?





HELL YEAH! I love this car  Kiss



Yes, it fits, but let's hope Chris will have enough space here  Roll Eyes  arrow



And here's the famous JUNO FIRST  Kiss Kiss Kiss



...unfortunately not for me, but for ChrisChris. At least that one won't be to far from my place... in the case of....  Roll Eyes Tongue

That one will be loaded in the Ckong/Gyruss truck.



Before leaving the place... The 'improbable' group picture  Kiss  arrow



Rav', DathNuno, AtariMania ,Hi, Alpha1,Archer, Ckong, Gyruss & ChrisChris.

Wow... what a community!  Smiley

Damn! It's late... and we are very far from home... time to quit. Ckong & Gyruss are faster than us ...



I quickly have to refuel...

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 05:10:55 PM »

Oh no! Traffic jam  Embarrassed



It must be serious... 7 or 8 firetrucks...



Engine stop... we are both tired...





Almost one hour later, the road is clear... Damw!  arrow



Back on the Dartford crossing...



...but this time, on the bridge. Nice view arrow



Finally arriving at the Eurotunnel at 21:00 uk time, later than expected  oppps



Fortunately, no waiting time, no custom control... perfect... almost in...



Nothing can stop us to bring back that Wacko 'out of UK' now  Grin :







Bye bye UK, welcome France...



...and welcome snow  Evil Evil Evil  arrow



I drop ChrisChris at his house. He will have to wait the coming of Gyruss & Ckong (see the road trip for this side story)  Wink



But before leaving me, he brings me a bag? Full of...



Dr Pepper ZERO  Kiss Kiss Kiss Thanks mate  Kiss

Too bad, I had to refuse him a last coffee... but I really have to back home... and the road can be long because of this snow  Evil  arrow



It's 2:26am ... snow!



It's 3:04am ... more snow!





Jesus Christ! I'm really tired now... fortunately, I'm almost at home...



...and this is IT! Home sweet home  Tongue  arrow



Trip : Belgium > France > UK > France > Belgium
Total length : 22h01min - 1348 km on the road, 100km under water (EuroTunnel)

Thanks to Oliver for the organization of the day, and Archer for the welcome in his house.
ChrisChris, you are a great road trip 'companion' and I really hope to do it again with you. Once again, many thanks for your gifts  Wink ...and take care of this Juno First  Wink
It was really cool to see Ckong & Gyruss, Rav, but also Atarimania and Hi (we are now waiting for your report)  Smiley Too bad we missed some UK collectors, came early before us.

I'm ready for a new story like this  Wink

OK, next step... unloading the cab  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 05:46:23 PM »

WOW a WACKO?!?! That's the coolest Cab I know of! Love it, since I saw it the first time! Thanks for sharing this great story. That must have been a long and exhausting trip, but the Wacko is well worth it! Cheesy

The picture on the navigator says, you are located next to the Luxembourg border? I see Merzig there.. I'm located at Saarbruecken! That's really close. Nice Cheesy

However: great report! Many thanks for that.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 06:04:32 PM »

wow, totally cool report, bruno! my favourite are those burger eating pictures at burger crap eh king! congratulations on that wacko, definitely an eye catcher. never played the game though, i don't even have an idea what the game is about ... Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 06:10:26 PM »

Wacko on Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_OHSQaeVgQ
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 06:20:45 PM »

Wacko OMG  Shocked Shocked beautiful and also (I think) rare cab here in Europe

Impossible to guess ....  Huh? Tongue Hey Chrischris we expect some beautiful pics of Juno First  Kiss Kiss

Congrats Bruno and Chris ... awesome catch!!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 06:56:17 PM »

Haha, amazing as usual!  Smiley

Great pics, great story, great find(s). But man, you must have been exhausted to the point of no return. And as if it wasn't enough, lots of snow too. Space Ace
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2011, 07:06:21 PM »

Wacko OMG  Shocked Shocked beautiful and also (I think) rare cab here in Europe

You bet !

How about a repro, now there's a challenge with all those WACKO sizes, slopes and crazy angles ! Wink

@Bruno: Amazing roadtrip and great pics as always !!!!

Do I see a LL PCB in Chris's hand there ?
I badly need to see a pic of that beauty !!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2011, 07:30:27 PM »

Almost 24 hours on the road without sleeping and to top it all in snow, OMG! Shocked
Great report, nice to see the roadtrip from your point of view. Cheesy
That Wacko looks super cool, I never played it, but I hope I will have the chance soon. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2011, 08:14:06 PM »

Another monstertrip !

Cool cab bruno ! its a real rare cabinet here in europe, i only saw it on pictures, and also dont know the gameplay..

Congrats guys !  Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 08:15:02 PM »

WOW a WACKO?!?! That's the coolest Cab I know of! Love it, since I saw it the first time! Thanks for sharing this great story. That must have been a long and exhausting trip, but the Wacko is well worth it! Cheesy
The picture on the navigator says, you are located next to the Luxembourg border? I see Merzig there.. I'm located at Saarbruecken! That's really close. Nice Cheesy
However: great report! Many thanks for that.

I must admit I'm really happy with that one. It wasn't on my top priority list, but I felt I could not miss maybe that unique opportunity to have one.
It's not a mainstream game at all, but that cabinet is so important in the arcade history.
Saarbruecken? Yes, not very far from my place  Wink

wow, totally cool report, bruno! my favourite are those burger eating pictures at burger crap eh king! congratulations on that wacko, definitely an eye catcher. never played the game though, i don't even have an idea what the game is about ... Tongue

I've never played that game before too. I only saw it in my arcade books, and once in this arcade in Houston with Barry : JOYSTIX. Game play looks like Robotron, but less frenetic  Tongue

Wacko OMG  Shocked Shocked beautiful and also (I think) rare cab here in Europe
Impossible to guess ....  Huh? Tongue Hey Chrischris we expect some beautiful pics of Juno First  Kiss Kiss

I don't know any collector in Europe having one. Maybe someone know someone who has one?
That one would be a nice challenge to reproduce  Cheesy
Yes, I'm in love with Juno First too  Kiss

Do I see a LL PCB in Chris's hand there ?
I badly need to see a pic of that beauty !!!

Well spotted! Dawn the LL over there was absolutely brand new... amazing!

Almost 24 hours on the road without sleeping and to top it all in snow, OMG! Shocked

You're right... I was totally HS until today! Like having the jet lag... oppps Dawn! I'm too old for that now... fortunately It's holiday time for me  Grin

Thanks to all for your nice word  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 08:22:27 PM »

Great report Bruno, it's nice to see your side of the story also. The snow was terrible indeed, but we all survived.

I'm glad that I saw the Wacko in real and I hope to play it one day.
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2011, 10:48:31 PM »

Great report bruno!!! That is a cool cab!!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 02:37:47 PM »

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[...] Impossible not having it for my kind of 'arcade-museum-concept' to come [...]

This phrase can not go unnoticed  Grin

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