Motorcycle Chase, Knott's Berry Farm, 1976

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    The Motorcycle Chase ride was part of the "Knott's Airfield" section of Knott's Berry Farm, which opened in 1976. This "steeple-chase"-type ride was built by Arrow-Huss and featured replicas of 1920s Indian motorcycles instead of the usual horses. The ride closed in 1980 and, after some significant alterations, was reopened later that year as the "Wacky Soap Box Racers." In this new incarnation, riders sat down in little cars rather than sitting atop motorcycles. It closed in 1996, and the last reminders of the Motorcycle Chase went with it. (Credit all further usage of this image, "Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.")

    jericl cat, vickilw, master_zedd_rahl, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. phaedrider 68 months ago | reply

      we moved to buena park in 1975, i remember the motorcycle chase very well.. i got to ride the corkscrew and montezooma's revenge when the opened , but i remember i was to short for the motorcycles when we rode the corkscrew. these are the first pictures i have ever seen of the ride being single bikes.. a few years after the ride closed the motorcycles wound up in buena park's city parks, the wheels were replaced with big round cement slabs, i doubt they are still there..

    2. ibleev777 63 months ago | reply

      WOW I NEVER KNEW THAT... and i grew up in buena park.

    3. Disney Digitally 62 months ago | reply

      I miss the good old days when Knott's was a safe and friendly place to go. The gangs have ruined the place and I'll never go there again.

    4. markus70 58 months ago | reply

      is that where they put the soap box racer's?

    5. lorifaith65 44 months ago | reply

      I loved Knott's as a kid... and it was were I had my first job - I moved out of CA in 1985 and have never been back. So sad to hear it's not like the past :(

    6. Disney Digitally 44 months ago | reply

      Cedar Fair purchased Knott's and has totally abandoned any attempt at creating a "feel" or "mood" to the park. It's just about rides. No ambiance or atmosphere to make a connection with the guests. Just a bunch of thrill rides packed into a small space.
      As a result, families have given up going there and opted for The Disney Resort a few miles away, leaving only rowdy teens and hardcore gang bangers to fill the seats.

    7. Rainn D 21 months ago | reply

      I was there in 1977, the motorcycle chase was my favorite.. we must've rode it 10 x or more that day.... I wish they would bring it back, awesome ride!!!

    8. alucard20101 11 months ago | reply

      Knotts has never been in competition with disney, and never will be. In the past couple of years cedar fair has actually brought some of the charm back to knotts, via change in managment

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