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Rhoades Hover Scooter

Rhoades Hover Scooter in Fröhliche Zukunft! — Wünsche, Wunder und Visionen, Documentary, 1988

Class: Bikes, Misc. — Model origin: UK

Rhoades Hover Scooter

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


Alexander DE

2007-12-28 19:28


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On the side it says 'MotorCycle Rover Scooter'. I don't know if there were any connections with the Rover car company. Apart from one image I haven't found any information about this vehicle so far.

DynaMike NL

2007-12-28 19:33


This hover-scooter was develloped by the American Charles Rhoades, cf. Link to "www.viewimages.com"

Edit: Alexander, I think it says 'hover scooter', not 'Rover'...

-- Last edit: 2007-12-28 19:34:26

Alexander DE

2007-12-28 20:31


Thanks, Mike! Silly me, of course it is 'Hover Scooter'. Probably was thinking 'goes over land ... must be a Rover'. :)

Do you know if 'MotorCycle' was the company name? Or shall we use 'Rhoades' as the maker?

chris40 UK

2007-12-28 20:53


'Motor Cycle' was a British magazine, presumably sponsoring this exhibition. It seems to have ceased publication in the 70s.

Alexander DE

2007-12-28 20:55


Of course! That's why it looked so familiar!

Then let's call it 'Rhoades Hover Scooter'.

garco NL

2007-12-28 21:33


We do not list hoovercrafts do we? :think:

antp BE

2007-12-30 15:11


I do not think so, the limit was that the vehicle must have wheels or eventually being tracker (i.e. like snow things)

-- Last edit: 2007-12-30 15:12:02

Alexander DE

2007-12-30 21:12


garco wrote We do not list hoovercrafts do we? :think:

No, because you have to push these:
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(Just joking, I constantly mistype it myself!)


I listed it, and also the Curtiss-Wright, for a good reason. In the late 1950s and through the 1960s many companies started developing air-cushion vehicles. In those years many people were seriously forecasting the demise of the wheeled car and a future were everyone will hover. This was not just a hobby of some eccentric inventor, but serious money was invested. And it was one of the reasons Curtiss-Wright is no longer the big company it once was.

This Hover Scooter was intended as a replacement for all motorbikes, while the Curtiss-Wright proclaimed the future car.

As fast as all the companies sprang up they went down again. Probably they noticed the flaw in the principle when they took the hovering vehicles onto the public roads and first encountered a red traffic light. You need an anchor to break a hovercraft fast. :)

The hovercrafts we have not listed before, e.g. here, are replacements for boats ... and we do not list boats. Another hovercraft is the Aérotrain Expérimental 01 train shown in the main comments of this documentary.

-- Last edit: 2007-12-31 19:05:31

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