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Postby astroworldfan1 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:06 pm

The Cobra kinda reminds me of a Scrambler, I think I remember seeing that Chance built a similar ride to the Cobra. The Scat looks fun, Beech Bend has one.

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Postby ratdogg68 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:14 pm

I have ridden both rides and they're both very fun for their time. They had those and more at local fairs all my childhood, the same company still operates some of the other rides at our local fairs.
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Postby eddie200330 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:54 pm

Did the Cobra once as a youngun at the local county fair, vaguely remembering it scaring the crap out of me. (Most carny rides do). The neighboring Mineral County (W. VA) fair gets the Scat every year. They like to run it at shit-your-pants length. I swear it lasts 10 minutes plus !! Definitely the ultimate head rush...
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Postby montezooma » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:24 am

While in Japan this past summer with TPR we came across this four-armed version of the Cobra at Higashiyama Zoo. Not sure who made it but it was one of the most nausiating flats I have ever been on.
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Postby SeaWhippet » Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:00 pm

montezooma wrote:VENTURE RIDE MFG.

Well when it comes to flat rides "I am into most things except Scat". OK, get your mind out of the gutter, Scat was a ride by Venture, they also made a little gem called the Cobra. These rides didn't make it into any theme parks that I am aware of but they were a staple on carnival midways for years. I haven't seen too many of them around lately. I rode one, I think it was the Cobra, at Marshall Scotty's Playland Park in El Cajon, CA when I was a kid.

For all you flat ride junkies, these two unique and strange rides are right up there with the Chance Turbo and Toboggan.
I now present "SCAT" & "COBRA" by Venture...oh and one other kiddie ride.

Any of you ridden either one of these?



I've ridden Scat, Scat 2, and Cobra (MANY years ago) ---- and they were all equally awful. Never again.

We saw a Scat and an Eyerly Loop-O-Plane last summer at a local Charlotte fair. Both looked great, but we admired from a distance. :?r
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:29 pm

The 3 armed Cobra kinda reminds me of a Paratrooper. And does Scat, Scat 2 have any restraint? That picture of the ferris wheel at dusk is beautiful!

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Postby eddie200330 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:58 pm

Not sure about the Scat 2, but the Scat has the same kinda chain as a Round Up !!
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Postby montezooma » Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:37 am

Cedar Point 1978

Before Cedar Point was "America's Roller Coast" or "The Amazement Park" it was just plan ol "Cedar Point Amusement Land Mid-America's Finest Fun Center". This update takes a look back at the Great Amusement Park that everyone loves to hate or hates to love.

Take a look at this souvenir book and see how many changes and lost attractions you can find. Hey and if you look close enough you may even be able to spot a picture of Dick Kinzel back in the days when he was just a ride operator on the Sky Slide. (joke)

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Postby SeaWhippet » Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:40 am

Wow, look at the outside-the-station queue for Gemini on the first page! Speaking of Gemini, I just found a construction shot of the ride. I'm guessing this was in early '78.

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Postby Yeti762 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:03 am

LOL at the line for Gemini and the Mine ride!
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