>But last week, I finally visited Kennywood. The old coasters (The Racer,
>The Thunderbolt) *really* impressed me. Those old designers had a lot of
>imagination, and did a lot of cool things without the benefit of steel
>I first rode the Steel Phantom, which had the expected terror factor, along
>with lots of loops and rolls (I couldn't walk straight when I got off), and,
>of course, SPEED. After an 80-mph ride coming off of a huge lift, the lifts
>in these little wooden guys were almost humorous.
>But the little old guys were way more fun! The clever design of the Racer,
>with its neck-and-neck race and it's single track. The surprising drop
>right out of the Thunderbolt's station. Ahhh... I loved it.
>Now, I begin to understand some of the discussions that I've seen here. I may
>yet become a coaster aficionado.
Yes! There is hope for the world. My daughter, now 12, and I discovered
this, oh, about 4 years ago. Since then we've gone to Conneaut Lake, PA,
to ride the Blue Streak (1933), Coney Island, to ride the Cyclone (1927),
Knoebel's Grove, PA, to ride the Phoenix (?), and Kennywood. And our
home park is CP, where we have the Blue Streak and Magnum. Yes, the Mag
is a steelie, but it's an out-and-back, and that's what makes it great.
Oh yeah, we also went to King's Island to ride the Racer. In fact, here's
a cool tour - a John Allen tour:
Blue Streak at Cedar Point
Racer (Backwards) at King's Island
Cannonball at Lake Winnepesaukah, GA
The John Allen at Atlanta (the GASM?)
Starliner at Panama City, FL
And let's not forget the upstate New York ones:
Jackrabbit at Seabreeze, Rochester, NY
Comet at what's that place near Albany?
And that ain't just any ol' Comet either. That's the legendary Crystal
Beach Comet. You might throw the little New England parks in that New
York tour: Lake Compounce, Canobie Lake.
Couple more Ohio classics we haven't mentioned: the one at Geauga Lake
(don't recall the name right now), and the Screamin' Eagle at Americana,
a small park near King's Island.
If you're ever in Colorado check out the Twister and Wildcat(s), and in
California there are two Giant Dippers, under one of which they once
found a glass eye.