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Postby SeaWhippet » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:09 pm

montezooma wrote:This is something I forgot to post in the Hersheypark post but felt it needed to be added. So put back on your "Hersheypark hats" and enjoy this splendid picture of sooperdooperLooper naked (by that I mean it is not covered in Great Bear)


Wow, what a sweet shot. SDL looks all Revolution-like.

BTW I rode it –SDL – this summer for the first time in many years. It was so wonderful to sit down in a roomy Schwarzkopf train, pull down a simple ratcheting lap bar and be dispatched.

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Postby montezooma » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:13 pm

^ I don't care what anybody says, SDL is the best coaster in that park. Well Lightning Racers is pretty good too. So lets call it a tie!
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Postby RIP Psyclone » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:10 pm

Shane, as a long time fan and supporter of the "Attic," I just wanted to say it was a long summer without it! I for one am glad season 2 has started, and I know I speak for most. Keep up the good work!

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Postby montezooma » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:24 pm

Thanks RIP Cyclone. I was wondering when you would chime in. I always like reading your comments! Oh Boy have I got some good stuff coming up. Sometimes I want to just post it all but I must stretch it out to last an entire season and possibly for a third season.
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Postby Yeti762 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:38 pm

I think I remember hearing that song being performed at PPP 2005 for the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix.

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Postby MixedDrink » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:09 pm

I'm looking forward to all the new stuff to come!

Shane,
I may not be old enough the remember any of this,
but heck do I appreciate it!
Amusement history is such an interesting topic to me.
Thank you very much for the attic!

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Postby thrillerman1 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:43 pm

SDL looked so much better back then. Thanks for posting that sweet shot Shane!

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Vekoma

Postby montezooma » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:58 pm

VEKOMA

Back in the 70's there were two major suppliers of steel coasters; Arrow Dynamics and Schwarzkopf/Intamin. Sometime in the 80's a new company, named Vekoma, came onto the scene. They had a license agreement with Arrow to design and build their rides in Europe. They used Arrow trains and designed and built a longer, transportable version of the Corkscrew. Then they started to do variations to come up with more compact designs. They were moderatly successful with several installations across Europe.

Then they hit the Jackpot! Again nothing new or original but a variation on Arrow's & Schwarzkopf's shuttle loop design, they called it the "Boomerang" The Boomerang was an instant success and the rides started popping up all over the world.

The first Boomerang to come to the States was the Sea Serpent at Mariner's Landing. The early rides are known for their roughness and somewhat boring layouts. I find it funny that of all the three major steel coaster companies Vekoma is the one that survived.

This is a look back at the early years of Vekoma and the rides they produced. You will see fliers, stats and models of their portable Corkscrew coasters and the original flier for the Boomerang. There is some other good stuff thrown in there also.

After looking at all this old stuff I am glad to see the direction Vekoma is going in now. I think they finally realized that their rides were rough and when compared to other rides (B&M, INTAMIN) the GP don't really like to re-ride the rough coasters.
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The original model on display at the IAAPA convention
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The following year it sported a different paint job.
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The original flier for the Boomerang. Notice it was only a rendering the actual shots are from one of their corkscrew coasters
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the following year they had a couple up and running so they could use an actual photo of the ride
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The Vekoma suspended coaster was no where as good as Arrow's version!
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I believe they only sold two of these models, one is in Japan and the other is in Belgium (pictured)
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The not as successful variation of the Boomerang was the Invertigo. They didn't sell as many but it is a much better ride.
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Parachute tower model at the IAAPA trade show.
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an old Vekoma newsletter
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Postby Olsor » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:30 pm

What's that guy in the last picture (second to right) looking at? Definitely not the only attractive woman in the picture.

Fantastic stuff as always, Shane!

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Postby montezooma » Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:30 pm

Here is two more that I forgot. Vekoma also made (and still does) Giant Ferris Wheels.
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