Built for T Smith & Sons, showmen, in 1965 by Hayes Fabrication, this Skid is a thrilling ride. Hurtling around the central paybox at high speed, riders can swing the cars wildly in a skidding motion by operating a pedal. Noisy and fast, and beautifully and intensely decorated by celebrated painter Fred Fowle, the Skid is a popular ride.
This machine had spent a number of years packed away at Tom Smith's yard, before being bought by Gerry Cottle for his vintage fairground. Gerry sold it on to private collector Marcus Priestley, who had it for a number of years before we bought it.
The Skid and the Octopus, both originally owned by Tom Smith, are now reunited at Carters Steam Fair after years apart.
The Skid had an intensive nuts-and-bolts restoration in 2016-7, including a full repaint in our yard as the original paintwork was sadly too far gone to save, apart from a few panels. It is now back out with the fair and is hugely popular.
Who can ride, and what does it cost? The Skid is suitable for people over 1.1m tall and costs 6 tokens per person to ride. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
Watch Restoring the Lightning Skid - Behind the Scenes at Carters Yard:
Hire the Lightning Skid If you are interested in hiring the Skid, please click here for more information. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get an articulated lorry on to the site (any gate must be minimum of 10 feet wide).