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Postby spastro » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:59 pm

montezooma wrote:AUSTRALIA'S WONDERLAND

Well I don't know too much about this park, maybe our friends down under can shed some light and history about this park that is now gone


What do you guys want to know anout this park?

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Postby ebl » Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:49 am

Where can I get a deck of those Arrow cards?

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:33 am

I raise you two Demons and a Gemini. ;)

Great stuff Shain, keep it coming.

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Postby montezooma » Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:40 pm

coastercrazed49 wrote:I raise you two Demons and a Gemini. ;)

Great stuff Shain, keep it coming.


A pair of Demons does not beat a Gemini. Not even three of a kind (ShockWave, GASM & Viper) beat a Gemini!!!

INTERNATIONAL AMUSEMENT DEVICES

OK, so you want more? I got more, while we are on the subject of coaster suppliers, how about this company that has gone under but was the mastermind behind the 1st Colossus...International Amusement Devices.

According to an interview with Bill Cobb, famous designer behind the Texas Cyclone, this company was not well versed in the physics of coaster design.

He mentions in the interview that they would take elements from other coaster designs and blend them together to create a new design. This was the reason for the rough design of the first Colossus. It was a "cut and paste" if you will, of other coaster designs that did not work with the laws of nature to create a smooth ride.

The coaster fought the laws of gravity and was tearing itself apart. Needless to say Colossus was the last coaster that IAD designed and the company wasn't around to see the Grand Re-Opening of the newly improved Colossus.

I find it strange that this company was headquartered in Sandusky, OH. I am not sure if there were connections to Cedar Point from an earlier time and that is why they were there. Just seems kind of strange, kind of in the same way that Arrow is in Salt Lake, but doesn't have any of their coasters at Lagoon.

Just added this video of Montana Rusa, the coaster that inspired Colossus

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=qiMNCLfRORQ[/youtube]
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A marketing brochure I picked up from the 1979 IAAPA convention. At this point their focus was on wooden coasters... what the hell is a Telex? Is that before faxes? even I am not old enough to remember those.
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After the Colossus fiasco it seems they tried to offer more than just wooden coasters. I remember seeing models of the Z coaster several years at the conventions. It obviously never made it out of the development stage. This brochure comes from the 1980 IAAPA convention. I think it might have been the last year they were around.
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The Rainbow was another model that was at the IAAPA convention for several years but never made it into a park. I always thought it would have been cool, but the capacity and staffing issues probably wasn't very efficient.
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Postby coasterdude5 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:58 pm

Z Coaster reminds me alot of what Turbulence was going to be.

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Postby BrownStreak » Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:40 pm

According to wikipedia:
Telex may refer to:

Telex, a communications network
Teleprinter, the device used on the above network
Telex (band), a Belgian pop group
Telex (IME), a convention for writing Vietnamese using ASCII characters commonly found on computer keyboard layouts
Tele-X, a Nordic communications satellite
Telex Communications, an American manufacturer of hearing aids and audio equipment
Telex II, a later name for the TWX teletypewriter network
Planet Telex, a song by rock band Radiohead
Abbreviation Telephone exchange or telephone extension

My vote is for a Belgian pop group.
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Postby SeaWhippet » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:34 am

Shane,

Thanks for posting the IAD material (and all the rest, of course).

I agree with your comment about IAD not being the greatest coaster designers, but their predecessor - NAD (National Amusement Device) - did build a few memorable rides that I rode: Camden Big/Lil Dippers; Lincoln Park Comet; Cascade Comet; Rockaways Atom Smasher, etc.

Most famous is the Mexico City Racer. Before CCI castrated it, that was a mean machine. Designed with "circles & straight lines," as a good friend and current woodie designer describes the ride's engineering, the Racer had THE most intense and violent airtime of any coaster I had EVER ridden. IAD obviously used the Racer as inspiration for Colossus.

Though I was just a wee lad at the time, I enjoyed a nice dialogue (through letters) with NAD's founder, Aurel Vaszin. This was just before his death. He was very proud of National's work and not so happy with the direction IAD was taking his company. If only he had lived a bit longer, he might've sent to me more information on another NAD classic eh was researching, Montana Rusa --- that massive ravine woodie NAD built in Guatemala.

Did you have anything on NAD? Perhaps I could scan some of my brochures and you might keep this wonderful thread going. Our collections seem to mirror each other. I have just about everything you've posted so far.

Keep up the good work!

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Postby montezooma » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:58 pm

Yes Scott, I am sure our collections pretty much mirror each others. We seem to have started collecting about the same time (of course you are MUCH OLDER than me...lol) Where are collections probably differ is your collection being more "wood" heavy and mine more "steel" heavy.

I have nothing on NAD and was surprised I even had anything on IAD. My collection doesn't go back much further than 1978.

I did get a chance to Ride Montana Russa before CCI tamed it and have to admit it was a great ride!!!!

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Postby montezooma » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:17 pm

CHANCE MANUFACTURING

Well I want to post one more update from a ride manufacturer, Chance Manufacturing (maker of some fun flat rides), before I do another in depth look at some parks.

This catalog comes from 1977 and lists a lot of their quirky rides that are no longer around; Radar, Turbo, Twister, Zumer, Toboggan and the Sky Wheel. Most of their product line was for carnivals and fairs but they did feature several of their rides in a park model. Some of these became quite popular in theme parks such as the Trabant (Casino) and Yo-Yo. Chance has always made beautiful Merry-Go-Rounds and their CP Huntington train was also very popular in amusement parks, city parks and zoos.

So for all of you that love flat rides, enjoy this look back at Chance, I have also included the price list from 1977 so you can see how much a Zipper cost back then.

Boy you gotta love the name "Pixie Plaza" those two words, "pixie" and "plaza", just scream 1970.
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:23 pm

Does anyone know how the Turbo worked? Like how it moved? It seemed like a fun ride. Chance is becoming a very quiet company now. But, they still make aswome rides!!!

Hey, I found the Gunslinger Yo-Yo on one of the pictures. Its infront of the Astroneedle.

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