Electric Autos

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Electric Autos
Other Name(s) Racing Autos
Mechanical Autos
Electric Automobile Ride
Custer Cars
Type Track Ride
Built 1911
Opened 1911
Closed Unknown
Vehicle Type Cars
Number of Vehicles Unknown
Riders per Vehicle 1

The Electric Automobile ride, also known as the Racing Autos and Mechanical Autos, was a Custer Car[1][2] track installed at Olentangy Park in 1911. The track was installed near Tom Thumb Miniature Golf Course.


Custer Cars were battery operated miniature cars invented by Levitt Custer for amusement parks in 1925. A unique feature of these cars was that its transmission required the driver to move the steering handle forward and backward to move the car in the desired direction.[3]


  1. Ad. The Columbus Dispatch. 8 June 1930. Pg. 57.
  2. Kuster, Gordon. "Band Opens At Olentangy Park." The Columbus Dispatch. 7 August 1933. Pg. 10.
  3. "Custer Car - 1920s & 30s." MrScharroo's Weird Car Museum. Photo caption on Flickr. Published 6 May 2013. Accessed 13 June 2024. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrscharroo/8712511197