: Which is the better one or which was. I think that the Palisades Park Cyclone
: Coaster was alot faster, higher, and better then the Coney Island Cylone. Don't
: get me wrong i like the Coney Island Cyclone but the Palisades Park
: Skyrocket/Cyclone tops it. Anyone agree??? Most won't.
I have never ridden either one, so I will not pass judgement on either one.
That said, Robert Garland was talking about the Palisades Park Cyclone
when he wrote his 6/14/1928 column for the New York Telegram (reproduced
in "The Incredible Scream Machine" on p. 154, and one of my favorite
As a connoisseur of roller-coasters, I advise you to consult a doctor
before you climb aboard the new Cyclone at Palisades Amu***t Park. Man
to man, you need a stout heart in a stout body to indulge in that ride.
Nowhere in these parts--or elsewhere for that matter--is its equal. And
God forfend that any designer of roller-coasters pack more thrills into a
If you'll pardon me for bragging, roller-coasters are a specialty with me.
I know the Coal Mine Dip in Baltimore, the Wonder-Ride in Berlin, the
Mile-A-Minute Marvel in San Francisco and the Thunderbolt and the Cyclone
at Coney Island. Excellent roller-coasters, every one. Excellent
roller-coasters, that is, until you've ridden the new Cyclone at Palisades
The new Cyclone at Palisades Amu***t Park is no roller-coaster to be
taken lightly, no switchback to be sneezed at. Don't, I beg you, climb
aboard in a spirit of good clean fun. Don't bring the kiddies, and be
sure to leave the old folks at home. Before paying your quarter at the
box-office, see your doctor, consult your lawyer and lay in a bottle of
Sloan's Liniment in case you pull through.
I'm not exaggerating a great deal when I say that, unless you've a fancy
for being beaten up, dropped from aeroplanes and turned upside down while
moving at a rate of eighty-seven miles an hour, keep away from that
Cyclone over on the Jersey side. On it, you're a fly on a racing
motorcar. You're less than that, really. You're God's lowliest creature
with gravitation gone back on you.
That Cyclone doesn't play fair. It's not content to drag you up an
incline, toss you down the other side. It drags you up an incline, tosses
you down the other side, turns you over this way, turns you over that way,
and before you can remember what comes after "Thy kingdom come," shoots
you to the stars again.
--Robert Garland, "The New York Telegram"
June 14, 1928
I think his mind is made up about the Cyclones. Pity I shall never have a
chance to experience the Palisades Park Cyclone myself. 8-(
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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