There is nothing new under the sun

May 1961, and the output to prove it.

May 1961, and the outfit to prove it.

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/salesman-mike-dreschler-has-his-motorised-roller-skates-news-photo/3302011

“11th May 1961: Salesman Mike Dreschler has his motorised roller skates refuelled at a petrol station near Hartford, Connecticut. He has a single horsepower air-cooled engine strapped to his back and holds a clutch, accelerator and engine cut-off switch in his hand.”

So, noisier than the modern electrical versions, but I bet it was way faster too. It’s a shame these never took off; I imagine a sequel to Grease with rival gangs drag racing on powered skates.

One thought on “There is nothing new under the sun

  1. Gary

    If my memory serves correct, this is the final picture taken of Mike Dreschler, as he was T-boned in an intersection shortly afterward. That was just after he lit a cigarette and became the inspiration for the human torch.