>Also, let me know what your favorite steelies are, where they're at, etc.
>I have 3 requirements for coasters:
> 1) They fill my entire field of vision.
> 2) They must be steel.
> 3) They must look like they could kill me.
>....a rather simplistic way of viewing coasters, but hey, I'm not an
>engineer. I'm a paying customer. I want my socks thrilled off.
I agree. Vortex is, by far, my No.1 steel, right now; I haven't
ridden Magnum, Raptor or the Steel Phantom yet. :-) The things
I really liked about the Vortex is the fact that the intensity
never stops. It twists you, turns you, flips you over all the
way to the end. No "dead" track with 6 inversions! Go Mr. Ron
Toomer! I wish you could ride your masterful creations. It must
be like owning a candy factory and being a diabetic. :-(
I love the bowtie(?) element near the end of the ride. The
section of track going into it is a spectacular sight from the
front seat. I wish I could a picture of it somehow. In an
interwiew with Mr. Toomer he showed one of the ways he comes up
with ideas for elements: he takes a flexible rod and bends it
around. Then they put it in the computer to see if it can be
done. Very artistic. The interview was on the "America's Greatest
Roller Coaster Thrills" video.
PKI employees were spreading a rumor that this ride is being sold
for parts and a new ride was being put it sometime. Has anyone
heard about this? I think my leg was being pulled, but if there
is any truth to this story, the park is crazy. The line for ride
must have been 3 hours long! I'd say the ride is still popular. :-)
Looking forward to riding Magnum,
"The BEAST rules, for now!"