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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES BREAK DANCE?

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Delivered brand new to Chessington World of Adventures from Huss Rides in 1989, this machine was the one of the first Break Dance rides to appear in the UK.

This original Mark I was reminiscent of the machines which were proving incredibly popular on the German Kirmes Circuit. The chosen theme for the machine was The Juggler to fit in its original location around the Circus World area.


Photo Source: UK Theme Parks

Six years later for the 1995 season, the Circus World area had been removed with the ride relocating to Calamity Canyon. Here the backflash (fairground term for back wall) had been removed, the floor had been level and the whole ride rethemed to The Rodeo. Towards the end of 2004 the machine suffered a major breakdown and reported to be beyond repair.


Photo Source: UK Theme Parks

Towards the end of 2004 the machine suffered a major breakdown and reported to be beyond repair, it was eventually removed a few years later amidst a suggestion it may even be scrapped.



Source for main background information: UK Theme Parks

WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?
So was the ride scrapped or was it rebuilt? Time to research using Google.



As we can find from our research (bottom link on screenshot), the machine appeared to have been bought in Holland and rebuilt to a Break Dance Mk 3 similar to the rides popular in that country. So lets take a further look into this link from polypweb.eu. This is the page below I was presented with so don't squint your eyes at the first image!





So our friends from Dutch Kermis forum polypweb.eu have provided us our answer. The ride was converted from a Break Dance No 1 to No 3 by the van der Beek family using measurements from Sipkema's Break Dance No 3. After refurbishment it was sold to Belgium showman Steve Stappers until the 2012 until returning back to the Netherlands to the Veldhuis family before sold to its current owner three years later.

Source: polypweb.eu message forum.

ANSWER: NOW TRAVELS NETHERLANDS WITH MARC LEEK
Current owner Marc Leek purchased the ride in 2015 where he continues to have success in the Netherlands.

As you can all see from the below videos on YouTube this machine has had considerable work carried out and is now very much now part of the European fairground scene. It is hard to imagine looking at it now this spent it's early days was as a well-known flat ride in one of the UK's more famous theme parks. Its quite pleasing to see a conclusive result here despite the suggestions above.







UPDATED: 16/04/2018



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