This is the last complete surviving and operational Moonrocket. These rides were the ultimate thrill ride of the 1930s, with this example being delivered to John Shaw of Lancashire in 1939. Originally it featured on the front a rocket carrying characters such as Popeye, Groucho Marx, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – though this has long gone.
Riders sit in small rocket shaped cars that swing out when going round on the ride, which is also inclined to make it more intense. Whilst the ride is capable of doing 16rpm the central dome and the figure on it can rotate the other way – making it seem a lot faster and playing with your mind.
The artwork on the ride dates from the 1960s and was painted by Andrew Easton of Maxwell’s in a psychedelic style based around nuclear explosions and acid shades of colour. This is the only known ride to retain such artwork to this day.