The ride was fitted with a succession of exotic cars, produced by Orton & Spooner in Burton on Trent. Initially, Wilsons had Zoological cars fitted to replace the Motors, including elephants and bears. Later more bizarre figures were fitted, including Hollywood stars from the days of the silent screen: Harold Lloyd, Jackie Coogan and Tom Mix. It is these cars which survive with the ride today.
Billy Manning did travel the switchback occasionally, including visits in 1954 to Kings Lynn Mart and NottinghamGoose Fair, but for most of the time opened it at his Clarence Pier Amusement Park in Southsea, where it remained until sold to Jimmy Williams in 1973. Williams restored the ride, and travelled it in 1974, selling it at the end of the season to the Six Flags theme park in New Jersey, USA. Sadly, it was only used for a short time, before being laid aside.
In 1982 a consortium was formed to rescue this important, historic ride, and return it to the UK before it was destroyed. This was successful, and Switchback Ventures was set up to restore and operate the ride. It made its debut at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 1984, and continued to travel for seven years. In 1992 the decision was made to sell the ride, and in 1993 it was acquired by the FHT. They operated the ride at Hollycombe in 1994, but it has since remained in store. It is probably one of the most historically important fairground rides to have survived.