At times Tracy would have as many as a dozen men working for him. His staff ranged from artists to carpenters, all contributing to bring a final product together. Take Tracy’s Whacky Shack facade for example. The Whacky Shack dark ride and fun house was probably Tracy's top selling attraction, although no two were alike. He sold them throughout the country, at places like Wildwood’s former Hunt’s Pier, Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas and Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the latter attraction being a walk-though. (Sadly, only Pennsylvania’s Waldameer Park still has an operating Whacky Shack dark ride). When a park ordered a Whacky Shack, the carpenters would create the false fronts and the artists would paint them. The entire facade would be fabricated at the shop and then transported to the job where they would affix each section to the existing building or portable ride.
The Wildwood Whacky Shack - Hunt's Pier
This ride started out in 1963 as the "DEVILS INN", made by Allen Herschell Co. In 1964, it was redesigned by Bill Tracy to become the "Whacky Shack". There were two Devil's Inn rides: the other was located on Fun Pier and went through several name changes. Originally called the Bat Cave, it later became the Devil's Inn before ultimately becoming Lost World. With slanted rooftops, crooked shingles, shutters and an all around whacked-out appearance, the Whacky Shack is fondly remembered by anyone who frequented Hunt's Pier. The cock-eyed letters that spelled its name would rock from side to side, and the dormer above housed a ghostly skeleton that would slowly move back and forth behind the glass.
In addition to the ghosts and ghouls were many memorable scenes of horror - Some of which included a young damsel being cut in half (lengthwise, no less) by a giant motor driven buzz saw... little demons adorned in chef hats preparing their next meal in Hell's Kitchen... and the Knit Wit…a skeletal old hag sitting in her chair spinning spider webs. Once exiting the car you would make your way down the ramp to the boards - It was at this point that you would start to hear the perpetual flushing and have to peek in the moon shaped window in the outhouse to view the pour soul reaching his hand out from the haunted toilet - "Goodbye cruel world!" In 1969 the Shack was relocated towards the front of the pier to make room for the brand new Log Flume Ride. The ride lived its last few years under the name Hunt's Horror and was removed in 1994.
Hunt's Whacky Shack - Interior and Installation
Interior views of the Hunt's Pier Whacky Shack in 1964
Construction of the Hunt's Pier Whacky Shack in 1964
Above: Construction crew attaches cable hook to clock tower.

Right: Tower is lifted to top of facade.
Decorative objects and furnishings are brought into the ride amid original Allen Herschell track and layout.
The familiar forced-perspective exit door is installed while the Hell's Kitchen scene is partially finished in the background.
Worker installs figures and scenic items in Hell's Kitchen.
The Old Mill seems to be fully installed, complete with spare saw blade.
Workers prepare to hang pre-painted decorative wall covering.
Scenic art being painted directly onto wall - Are we watching the Master at work?