So Long to Banzai Run, a Great Machine

We just bid a bittersweet goodbye to a machine that had been with us a long time. We picked up this Banzai Run way back when we still lived in Tucson, and only had a couple of pins on the back porch. It was one of our first restorations, and we played a lot of games on it. But, as happens, it was time to move on. So long, Banzai Run, we had a ball.

Let the restoration begin! Circa 2007, Tucson.
We tried to save as much of the original art as possible.
Yes, that’s a Barracora underneath.
Previous owner had started the playfield restoration. We finished it.
Here’s the populated, restored, clearcoated playfield. One of the nicest clearcoat jobs we’ve ever done.
Here’s the restored upper playfield, the part of the game that makes it so unusual. A magnet on a moving vertical track lifts the ball in play to the vertical playfield in the backbox. Use the flippers there to make a series of shots that lead to Banzai!
We finished most of the restoration in Tucson, but put off the last few bits until recently. Then we got an offer we couldn’t refuse for the game, and had to get her ready for the sale.
So we finished the last few touchups, clearcoated the cabinet, and installed chrome everywhere, even the T-molding.
Full LEDs, of course, from insert to GI to flashers and backbox.
Williams came out with this game in 1988, and produced 1,750 units. (IPDB)
Also notable for being Pat Lawlor’s first game.
Check out the chrome siderails and mirror blades.
Here she is in her new home. At least she’s keeping good company. So long, Banzai Run!