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Postby AllenA07 » Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:49 am

EBL wrote: I wonder how many people know that SFMM's Sky Tower really was destined to be a Playboy Club (hence the wording on it in the brochure) in Chicago (I think) before that deal fell through and the tower was made available to Sea World/Newhall Land and Farming Co. when Magic Mountain was on the drawing boards?


Eric you beat me to the Playboy club trivia. And yes the tower was originally going to be placed in Chicago. As far as I understand Playboy backed out at the very last minute on the deal, apparently Hefner thought the tower just wouldn't fit the "classy" Playboy look. However I can tell you that the originally plans (these are off pure memory, and might be backwards) had called for the bottom level of the tower to be a restaurant/bar, and the top level to be the dance floor.

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Postby arrowfanman » Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:50 am

Great installment!

I laughed at that "Playboy Club" tower! ::lol::




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Postby montezooma » Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:00 am

Eric-

Thanks for that information about Magic Mountain's Sky Tower. I had no idea that it wasn't originally designed for the park. I always thought it was strange that they showed a rendering for the tower with Playboy Club on the side, now it makes sense.

The 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia also had a parachute-gyro combination tower. It had a crazy UFO theme and was called the USSR Space Tower. After the fair it was disassembled and for years it was advertised for sale on Ital International's web site. It ended up rusting away in some field and finally scrapped.

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Postby montezooma » Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:48 am

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Postby verticalzero » Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:07 pm

Some lovely picturesd of "C" at MM, why was the coaster re-profiled and does not race anymore. Can it still race in 2008 if needed..?
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Postby montezooma » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:13 pm

TOWERS - WAAGNER-BIRO Part 2

I am not sure what the connection between Intamin and Waagner-Biro is, they obviously work together since they market the same rides. I think Intamin is the broker, they do all the sales and project management. Waagner-Biro does the engineering and manufacturing. Here is part 2 of Towers and a few other miscellaneous cool rides (Triple Wheel).

Notice the cool concept for the telescoping observation tower, Climbing Globe and Cosmos Tower 2000. They sure would have been cool if they were ever built.

Also in this catalog there is the Ferris Wheel that was built for DCA, so I imagine that Waagner-Biro designed and built it for Premier Rides.

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:35 pm

Wow some of those towers looks really cool. To bad half of them to my knowledge aren't even built.
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This one I think would be the coolest tower, its very modern and unique.
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Postby Velcro » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:59 pm

Great stuff! Keep it coming. I just barely found this thread and have spent the last couple of hours reading everything. Just love it!

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Postby montezooma » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:14 am

I just transfered a bunch of my old stuff from video to digital which means I will be posting more footage every now and then. I have just updated my post on Drachen Fire with a clip from a TV show that was on E! Click Here to see it.
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Postby Purplepills » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:26 am

^Is the guy in the Drachen fire clip the actor from the Bill and Ted movies?
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