• Mar 23, 2011
Parker Brothers Green Machine – Click above for image gallery

At the age of five, this writer received the gift of gifts: a police-issue Bigwheel with a megaphone and a working siren. After a week or two of patrolling the sidewalk for a week like I owned the block, my best friend busted out of the garage with the one thing that could trump my three-wheeled interceptor; the Green Machine. Sure, my Bigwheel may have been faster in a straight line, but he could drift, spin out and even parallel park at five miles per hour.

Oh, the jealousy.

I'm guessing I'm not the only one who has been green with Green Machine envy, and luckily we can get even as adults.

The geniuses at Parker Brothers Choppers decided to make a Green Machine for really big kids, complete with an 80-cubic inch Harley Davidson Evo engine. What, you wouldn't expect us to actually pedal a Bigwheel with a 45-inch front wheel, would you? Even better, it's still steered by a pair of levers that control the rear wheels, so all the tricks your evil nemesis friend did as a kid can now be done by you at 30 miles per hour. Heck, Jeff Halverson at Parker Brothers claims to have done 50 mph on the beast, so someone without a lot of fear can really do some damage on this thing.

Unfortunately, the whole steering-via-the-rear-wheels thing would make it really difficult for this trike to gain approval from the Department of Transportation, so don't expect to put an order in for one of these any time soon. Hit the gallery below to dream a little dream.



[Source: Wired | Images: Parker Brothers Choppers]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      sweet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      But it's RWD.

      This isn't right, big wheels (green machines, w/e). are meant to display the flaws of FWD vehicular contraptions.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, The Parker Brothers Choppers "Green Machine" is front wheel drive so that the rear wheels can "steer" just like the original! Who says we can't have it all!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ridiculous, but Super Cool! They've gotta do a yellow/red Big Wheel version now, and have a drag race.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you manage to fall over while riding this, you are truly special.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not even close to the worlds largest Bigwheel. See below, picture of the 2005 Chrysler contest "What Can You Hemi?"

      http://www.seriouswheels.com/2005/2005-Chrysler-What-Can-You-Hemi-Trike-1024x768.htm
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is some childhood fun right there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      he must enjoy a diet of road grit, gravel and the occasional faceful of road kill.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fantastic. I had an original. It was my favorite. And I've never met anyone who had ever heard of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Swastika on the front tire... Huh?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Um, what? That's what you're seeing?

        Get better glasses!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh man,....I had an original I wore the wheels out on!

      This,..is cool...

      /kids today,..prob do not even know what it is.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup, I wore out the hollow front tire so that it collected water when it rained and sprayed it all over me when I rode it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only in American right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Title is wrong, that is a Green Machine, not a Big Wheel. . . .

      This is a Big Wheel . ..
      http://www.retropedalcars.com/images/Marx-Big-Wheel.jpg

      Green Machine...
      http://thehuffygreenmachine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Huffy-Green-Machine-11.jpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        NP, I actually had an original Big Wheels and rode it long and hard enough to wear out the front wheel(pedal power), break the seat posts, the original short back seat and finally blow out the right rear tire from too many doughnut stops. It's 30 plus years since I had mine and now my nephew who is turning 4 this year will get his very own original from me for his birthday. Man I loved mine I know he will love his.

        http://www.originalbigwheel.com/
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Geez, what's the big deal. So the writer of the piece and the editor can't get some simple facts right."

        Isn't that a major problem? If they can't get simple facts straight then what about large, complex and major facts. AB may be a little slow on the up take at times, I think to their credit they do not rush to publish without checking the validity of a story first, but if they can't get the facts straight, small or large, that's a big problem for all of us.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You guys are being way too literal. I am sure that the author was using the term "bigwheel" generically, like saying you used Scotch Tape while wrapping a present when in reality it was some Walgreens store brand. The Big Wheel defined this genre of pedal toys. The Green Machine was simply an evolution of the genre.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Groagun, obviously your childhood was after 1990 and you never experienced riding these awesome toys. They are quite different in performance and riding styles. Had you experienced these you would know that a Big Wheel is not a Green Machine and vice versa :-)

        Details do make the difference be it toys or cars or clothing . . .
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