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Postby SeaWhippet » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:01 am

Hey Shane,

I was wondering when you were gonna drag the Anton material down from the Attic. As you know, we've shared a mutual love of the man's work since we were both little blond boys -- much like your sons! :) We need to head down to Mexico to check our Thriller and Dreier Looping!

I've been on the road for much of the summer as well. Got to visit plenty of parks --- Waldameer (LOVE RFII), Canada's Wonderland, Darien, SFGam, SFSL, (EK's a great ride), Hard Rock Park, Family Kingdom, Universal Orlando, The Dells, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds (we'll talk about TRoad later).

Next I fly out to Lakeside to cover the park's 100th! Yeaaaa.

Once the season winds down, I plan to gear up for Season II of The Closet. Thanks for the Schwarzkopf summer bonus!

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Postby montezooma » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:02 am

MORE SCHWARZKOPF

Boy it is really good to hear from all of you again...Ron, Tatum, Mark, Bill, Den Den, Scott, and the rest. "Little Coaster Girl" thanks for the great post from Knoebels. I love to see what others have from their collection.

Schwarzkopf rides have always been favorites of mine. It might be because from the first time I saw the Revolution at Magic Mountain I became obsessed with coasters or it simply may be because every Schwarzkopf ride is GREAT.

The amazing things about these rides is they were great when they opened and they are still great after all these years.

I took my kids to Magic Mountain last week for their first time. We rode X2, Tatsu (which I lost my camera on...ugh!) Riddler, Batman, Goliath and all the others (except Superman & Deja Vu). Out of all those huge rides at Magic Mountain their favorite ride was the Revolution. And to this day if I were given the choice to ride some of the new rides or Montezooma's Revenge I would chose the simple shuttle loop (El Toro is the one exception)

His rides are not only thrilling, sleek and smooth, they are great looking too. Here are a few more of Anton's great creations from the German Fair circuit.

-Shane

PS- Mexico City sounds like a great idea!
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Here is the transportable version of the Scorpion at Busch Gardens Tampa. A small ride but IMO better than some rides twice its size.
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Another one of Antons great creations. even with no inversions his rides ROCK. I was lucky to ride this coaster several times at a German Fair in Stuttgart.
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"beautiful" this ride was supposed to be moved to Circu World along with the Weiner Looping, but the park was sold to HBJ and transformed to B&B.
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I have yet to ride this one
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Scott- this is a post card you sent me years ago. On the back you rub it in my face that you are over in Germany riding Scwarzkopf while I am studying for college exams...I miss those days lol
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Postby gk » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:11 am

Very cool Schwarzkopf pics. I've never seen that suspended coaster model before, very strange looking.

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Postby DenDen » Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:13 pm

Wow, that's the first time i've seen thriller with a single-color of track. This is such good coaster porn, and Anton is the porn king! :lmao:
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Postby SeaWhippet » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:26 pm

Thriller has definitely had some strange color schemes over the years. I recall riding it in Stuttgart in September 1989 (on the same day I rode Wiener looping, Himalaya, and Olympia in Munich) and it had a cool blue track with white supports. That's when it was running like Anton intended. Well, it did have those accordion OTSR (thanks Edmonton!), but it was still quite intense.

And ...

Though I rode Thriller at AstroWorld, I missed it at Marine World. It was already in the parking lot when I got there. :(

Despite the trains being bastardized and the neutered first drop, I still have a hunger to go to Mexico and check it out. Plus, Dreier Looping is in MC, and that's the ONLY portable Schwartzkopf I've never ridden.

Ok, Shane, let's organize a pilgrimage to Mexico and give these beauties a go. I guess we could also include Columbia and see how Zambezi Zinger is faring.

I'm just sayin' ... ;)

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Postby pacoasterrider » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:24 pm

Nice pictures. Im curious why we don't see any spiral or curved lift hills anymore. It makes a lot of sense to me.

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Postby montezooma » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:55 pm

I think the reason they don't use those curved lifts anymore is due to the extra maintenance. The curve lifts are mostly friction tires and there is a lot of parts and motors to keep an eye on.

My memory tells me that Anton did make a curved lift hill with a chain...maybe the Jet Coaster in Sweden???? Scott can you clarify this?

I must say I am a little disappointed that Anton's son did not do more with his father's company. It seems that the company died with the man that founded it. What a total shame.

How does the weekend of October 17th sound for a Mexico City Anton Coaster run sound? Anyone that wants to join is welcome.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:55 pm

Didn't his son recieve coasters that needed to be refurbished? I can think of one. Greased Lightnin' (Tidal Wave, California's Great America).

After the 2002 season Paramount's Great America announced they had sold Greased Lightnin' to Wieland Schwarzkopf and that it would be transported back to Germany. As the Greased Lightnin' was trucked away from PGA, it didn't head to port, but north to Six Flags Marine World where it was unloaded in the parking lot. Many people claimed this was a staging area prior to heading back to Germany. This proved not to be true as the Greased Lightnin' is still at Six Flags Marine World.


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Postby SeaWhippet » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:19 am

Yes, both Jetline @ Grona Lund und Knightmare @ Camelot use space-saving curved chain lifts. I always found these fascinating to watch.

Mexico could be a workalbe trip in OCT. We need to look at details. Is Thriller open every day? I know it's out there near Baja Mexico, while Dreier sits next to Anton's shuttle loop and one of my favorite wooden racers in Mexico City.



montezooma wrote:I think the reason they don't use those curved lifts anymore is due to the extra maintenance. The curve lifts are mostly friction tires and there is a lot of parts and motors to keep an eye on.

My memory tells me that Anton did make a curved lift hill with a chain...maybe the Jet Coaster in Sweden???? Scott can you clarify this?

I must say I am a little disappointed that Anton's son did not do more with his father's company. It seems that the company died with the man that founded it. What a total shame.

How does the weekend of October 17th sound for a Mexico City Anton Coaster run sound? Anyone that wants to join is welcome.

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Postby ginzo » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:51 am

The amazing things about these rides is they were great when they opened and they are still great after all these years.


Yeah, when you compare the quality of, say Mind Bender at SFOG, to anything Arrow built in the 1970s you start to wonder why the HELL there are so damn many Arrows out there. Arrow did make a few good rides along the way, but they never had the consistent quality that Schwarzkopf had.
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