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Chinese drivers raise eyebrows as they take to road in bumper cars

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 1:20pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 3:19pm

Two middle-aged men in northeastern China have sparked widespread interest after being photographed driving on a city road – in bumper cars.

A Weibo user posted pictures of the two men seated in the green and yellow vehicles as she passed Heping Street near the West Pagoda in Shenyang, Liaoning province, at about 9am last Saturday, the official Weibo account of the City Bulletin reported.

It was unclear from the report whether the men were driving battery-powered bumper cars, which traditionally run on electricity and are found only in indoor funfair rides.

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The two men were caught on camera as they waited at traffic lights alongside other motorists, before driving off, the report said.

“Look how much fun the two middle-aged men are having,” one Weibo user wrote.

Some other people also said their behaviour was dangerous and should be banned.

“Just drive these cars in residential areas, but not in traffic lanes,” another Weibo user said.

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Some internet users raised doubts about whether the vehicles were real bumper cars.

Real bumper cars are usually powered by electricity that passes through the floor, or through a pole fitted at the back of each vehicle that is attached to the ceiling of the attraction.