By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

JOE Tomaro relives his childhood everyday - in a car he built from his favorite amusement park ride

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Videographer / Director: Noelle Bye
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens

Joe Tomaro bought the Rocket Ship ride in 2005 and converted it into a drivable car

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 built the Rocket Ship Car on top of a truck chassis

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.

Out of this world: The Rocket Ship Car lights up at night

“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.”

Joe used to ride the Rocket Ship as a child at Euclid Beach Park in Ohio, USA

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.

The car can seat 10 adults or 15 children at once

“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.”

The car can go up to 100 miles per hour on a test track

A 50 inch Chevrolet big-block engine installed into the car gives it enough power to go up to 100 miles per hour.

Joe Tomaro proudly poses next to his Rocket Ship Car

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.

The Rocket Ship was a ride at Euclid Beach Park from the 1930s until 1969

“Whatever the speed limit is on the road, the car will go that speed.”

All stainless steel and wood flooring is original from the ride

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.

Joe brings his Rocket Ship Car to events, parties and festivals

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