By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo
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Videographer / Director: Noelle Bye
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens
The 58-year-old took the old car from the locally famous Rocket Ship ride at Euclid Beach Amusement Park in Cleveland, Ohio, which closed in 1969.
Joe bought the Rocket Ship in 2005 from a private buyer and made it road worthy.
He said: “I used to ride this thing when I was real young and never thought that amusement park would close.
“To be able to collect this and ride it every day is really special to me.
“We call these cars the happiest rides on earth because they make people smile.”
It took Joe about a year to complete the car, which he built on top of a Chevy truck chassis.
He said: “All the stainless steel and wood floors are original from the ride.
“We mounted it on the chassis and gave it air ride suspension which gives it a nice even ride.
“The wheel base is longer which gives you a sensation like you’re floating along like the ride did when it was running.”
A 50 inch Chevrolet big-block engine installed into the car gives it enough power to go up to 100 miles per hour.
He said: “We take them out to the track to run them at 100 miles per hour to make sure it feels right since we are carrying passengers but after that it doesn’t see that speed again.
“Whatever the speed limit is on the road, the car will go that speed.”
The car runs on regular petrol, and gets eight miles per gallon on local streets and between 13 and 15 miles per gallon on the highway.
The incredible vehicle forms part of Joe’s larger collection of items form the amusement park that so captivated him as a child.
Joe said: “It’s like a constant trip down memory lane for me.”
To reserve a ride on the Rocket Car or have one built, visit http://www.rocketshipcar.com