Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pulse: Back to the Future at Universal

Over the holidays I took my kids to Universal Studios in Hollywood. While my family voted the new Simpson's virtual rollercoaster as their favorite ride, I was the traditionalist -- favoring the bus tour of the studio's back lots. And my favorite site was a line-up of cars from various Universal movies:

The Deathmobile from "Animal House"

"Doc" Brown's DeLorean from "Back to the Future" -- complete with its Flux Capacitor

And...yes...a minicar. A Pulse from "Back to the Future II"

According to Wikia Entertainment: "Bob Butts of Fantasy Cars leased seven Pulse cars to Universal Studios for the filming. One of them, known as #74, was originally red but rolled over in an accident and was repainted white. This same car was later used in the films Hologram Man and Lawnmower Man II, and was modified for the television series Seaquest DSV."

The Pulse (early production vehicles were known as Litestars) was manufactured in Owosso, Michigan by the Owosso Motor Car Company. There were about 347 of these made between 1985 and 1990. A Pulse is a motorcycle. It rides on 2 main wheels and has 2 outrigger wheels (one on each side). It is classified in most states as a 3 wheel motorcycle. It has a 123" wheelbase and an overall length of 192" X 76" width X 54" height and weighs about 1000 lbs.

According to the Internet Movie Cars Database, the Pulse appeared in three movies.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

L.A. Story (1990)

Jan-Gel 3: Hillbilly Monster (2003)

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