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HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?

We have a Patreon page, which is the easiest way.  


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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

We love volunteers!  Get in touch with us through email - acavallo@gmail.com - or the social media links below.


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HOW CAN I BOOK AN EXPERIENCE?

Send us an email for booking information - acavallocarousel@gmail.com -  and we'll get back to you.  We're currently booking a fall 2020 tour - get on the list!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

TRANSPORT

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The car is custom built, from the ground up, to be self-trailering.   The core is a gooseneck trailer, which is built to carry the car down the highway.  It has three axles - one of which is the drive axle, for when it is self propelled.   Rolling weight is approximately 20,000 lbs. 

In 2019, we got a big truck for her - completing the package.  

Setup and breakdown continues to get optimized - it takes a day for basic setup, with an additional day for flame and sound.  It's an ongoing project, with every rebuild it gets a little better.


MECHANICS

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 The self-propulsion is via a conventional gasoline drivetrain, using a six-cylinder and automatic transmission. She rolls on large agricultural tires and wheels, suspended on big airbags, which gives a ludicrous footprint, and permits lots of bounce and boogie.  The wheels fore and aft steer.  

The horses are driven by electric motors, using automotive axle assemblies with welded differentials to divide the input to two cranks.  The horses balance, one going up while the other goes down, so that the load is shared and the power requirements low.  They don't move very fast, but they move inexorably.  

FIRE SYSTEM

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The horses have Dan Glass's fire-whistles on poles atop, up at the catwalk level, and permit lively actuation by participants - they pop and toot, moan and bellow as the propane blasts through them, making wonderful audio-visual fire cacophony.  They are controlled by steam whistles, and fed by hoses running down through accumulators under the catwalk to tanks by the driver. 

STAGE

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The stage on the back is in constant use - there is a position for a DJ, but also a drumkit, microphones, monitors and amplifiers to set up bands for live music.  The main speakers play off the port side, with additional speakers on the foredeck for the ship itself.  It becomes a 3 dimensional stage-scape very quickly, with everyone a participant.