If you were a kid in the 1970’s then you no doubt remember the “Green Machine” by Marx Toys. It was the “Ying” to the Big Wheels “Yang”, and truth be told, it was the cooler of the two. The Green Machine was just flat-out bitchin’ back in the day as it employed back wheel steering that was actuated by two pull levers. Those who road the Green Machine were the shizznit and are all believed to have gone on to accomplish great things in life. Two such Green Machine owners are the guys from Parker Brothers Choppers in Melbourne, FL. These guys like the green beastie so much that they decided to build their own life size version complete with a 45-inch front wheel, rear-wheel steering and an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson engine. According to the guys at Parker Brothers,
“We had a Green Machine lying around the shop and we figured it would be a cool idea,” said Parker Brothers’ Jeff Halverson, who did 50 mph on this beast. “It rides crazy and is fast as hell. If it wasn’t for the rear tires we could have had it DOT approved.”
A ride like this surely isn’t for everyone, but if I worked for those guys I’d have insisted that it be made street legal. Aside from causing a few accidents here and there from astonished onlookers, I can almost guarantee that this new Green Machine would be hottest thing on the streets.