Vintage fairground ride at Ice Factor rink, York Designer Outlet

York Press: Work progresses to restore the 1936 Lakin’s Ark speedway ride, which is to feature alongside the ice rink at York Designer Outlet this year Work progresses to restore the 1936 Lakin’s Ark speedway ride, which is to feature alongside the ice rink at York Designer Outlet this year

A FAIRGROUND ride dating back to the 1930s has been restored in a shed outside Malton and is now set to be installed at York’s Christmas ice rink.

Lakin’s Ark Speedway has been brought back to its former glory by James Cundall, boss of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, the Malton-based company behind the Ice Factor rink at the Designer Outlet.

Mr Cundall said he could not resist the restoration challenge, revealing how his first job at the age of 14 was working on John Warrington’s funfair at Flamingo Land in Pickering.

“Within days, I got the sack as, according to John, I was useless and spent more time talking to girls,” he said.

“But this brief introduction to the world of funfairs, and the exquisite rides I was working on started a lifelong passion in me and this year I have finally been able to see that passion come to life.”

Mr Cundall bought three lorry-loads of old wood and rusting mechanics which had benn neglected for almost 30 years and contacted specialists in vintage fairground rides for advice. Then more than 30 craftspeople and tradesmen, mostly from Malton and York, worked a total of 10,000 manhours to painstakingly reproduce the look of the original ride.

The ride and rink will be open daily from Saturday November 24 until January 6.

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9:59am Wed 14 Nov 12

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
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12:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

bar_wench says...

Brilliant, I honestly can't wait!
Brilliant, I honestly can't wait! bar_wench
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10:07am Thu 15 Nov 12

kemper says...

hope its been tested
hope its been tested kemper
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11:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

yorkiemum says...

kemper wrote:
hope its been tested
Yes it was tested last night my son came home slightly green!!!
[quote][p][bold]kemper[/bold] wrote: hope its been tested[/p][/quote]Yes it was tested last night my son came home slightly green!!! yorkiemum
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6:30pm Sat 8 Dec 12

MattjWalkington says...

Just booked tickets online. Had to pay an additional service charge on top of the ticket price and another charge for paying by debit card totally nearly £5. Bit of a con if you ask me.
Just booked tickets online. Had to pay an additional service charge on top of the ticket price and another charge for paying by debit card totally nearly £5. Bit of a con if you ask me. MattjWalkington
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