What an interesting piece in the New York Times by John Branch about the continuing success of the Zamboni, the ice resurfacing machine that mesmerizes everyone at a rink. Click here to read the full text and below are some interesting tidbits I learned from the article.
- Between 200 to 250 Zambonis are produced each year.
- It takes about six months to build one. Each Zamboni costs at least $75,000.
- Frank J. Zamboni & Company is based in sunny Los Angeles, which surprises many Canadians.
- The company requests that the product be referred to as a "Zamboni brand ice-resurfacing machine." Hm...That may be difficult if not impossible.
- There is a band called The Zambonis.
- Each machine is numbered. The first was introduced in 1949. Numbers 2 and 3 went to Sonja Henie for her ice shows. The latest is Number 9,056 which is headed to a rink in Monterrey, Mexico.
- The first test drive for a Zamboni is down the tree-lined streets in a Los Angeles suburb at 9 miles per hour (see above).