Feel the power of the wind, mofo.

According to the amazing Internet Pinball Database, Williams Co. made about 7,300 Whirlwind pinball machines between 1990-91. This one is mine.

A dear friend—noted author, photographer, euro-daddy blogger and pretender to my pinball crown—is coming to visit, so I broke out the MillWax playfield cleaner and Novus plastic polish #1 and put a glossy whupping all up on it. I had it playing the “ooh-you’re-beating-me-real-bad” music by the third game.

Williams had an amazing run in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Back in the day, this was one of my all-time favorite pins. To own an 8-out-of-10 specimen, well, for a total dork like me, it’s really cool. More Whirlwind pictures at IPDB. (NSF pinball dorks.)