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Boardwalk Bullet - Photos & POV Video!

Postby robbalvey » Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:41 pm

Hey everyone!

Most of you know we had a film shoot out at Kemah Boardwalk last weekend and now I've got the photos & video to share with you all!

First, let me get a little announcement about a new DVD series we are bringing out.

It's called "Roller Coasters in the RAW!" and Volume 1 will feature coaster built within the last 5 years. It's called "in the RAW!" because that's exactly what it is, RAW coaster footage, just how you like it! No annoying music, no pointless commentary just RAW coaster footage!

Volume 1 will include coasters such as Boardwalk Bullet (duh!), Maverick, Renegade, Tatsu, Troy, Furius Baco, The Voyage, SheiKra, Kentucky Rumbler, El Toro, Phaeton, Hades, Zaturn, Thunderbird, and much more! 30 coaster POVs in total!

Roller Coasters in the RAW will be available on November 15th, 2007.

Anyway, onto Boardwalk Bullet!

We arrived at 9:00 in the morning and met with about 25 TPR members for a filming session that would take them through 17 rides on Texas' most aggressive, most INSANE wooden roller coaster!

Let me warn you now, Boardwalk Bullet is NOT for the weak! This ride will tear you a new soul!!! If you're looking for an intense roller coaster, Boardwalk Bullet is THE place in Texas to be.

The ride covers a serious amount of track in a very small, compact space. The design of the ride is fantastic, although I do have to say that some of the trackwork leaves a bit to be desired. It sort of feels like a "GCI woodie that doesn't track very well." I am told though, that a lot of the track work will get attention over the off season. That's a good thing!

It was nice to see Houston get a wooden coaster so quickly after Texas Cyclone was destroyed. At least this is a tradition that will live on in Southern Texas.

Anyway, onto some photos and of course, a brand new TPR video!!! =)
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There sits Boardwalk Bullet. So innocent looking. It's about to make me scream like a little girl!
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The TPR gang showed up and was ready to ride. They look happy now...I wonder if they will still look this way in 2 hours! =)
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The train exits out of the station, and if you can see behind that turn, you're RIGHT on the water!
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You guys ready to lose one of your nine lives?
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Do NOT let that first drop fool you! This is some insane s**t!!!!
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Just look at what it does to that perfect hair-do....let's take a closer look...
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Hair explosion!
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Bullet does a lot of diving back into the structure.
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I really hope they have hurricane insurance!
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Geesus, you can't even SEE the track!
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Oh, wait, there it is! I see it now.
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It's like some kind of twisted ritual. Hand out in front..hands up...hands down. Texans are a strange breed! =)
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There isn't much straight track on this coaster!
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Everything is such a blur.
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First drop...THROUGH THE WOOD!!!
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The "Bullet Boys" wear their swag with pride.
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They are still looking pretty happy!
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Once again...the track disappears out from under you.
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KidTums wants to ride SO BAD...maybe next year? =)
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Hold onto all loose articles...especially your kids!
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Saturday Night Fever impression on a wooden coaster - never seen that before!
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After 15 or 16 rides, everyone was getting a little loopy! They thought they are at a rodeo....hmm.....maybe you guys should take a break! ;)
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Yes Captain Obvious, that would be a wheel....
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Here's one for the lift hill enthusiats.
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From here you can see how insanely dense the structure is.
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Extra train just hanging out, waiting for his friends to come over with the beer.
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Boardwalk Bullet should be the first coaster with a boat dock.
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Thanks again to all the TPR members who helped out with the film shoot!
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And just in case you have forgotten what coaster this update is about...
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Boardwalk Bullet POV Video!
From the upcoming DVD "Roller Coasters in the RAW! Volume 1" available on November 15th, 2007
(Zip Version for download is located at the bottom of this update)

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Postby GuruGuys » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:26 am

AWESOME job Robb!!!! That was well worth the wait! We finally have some great POV of the Bullet!

Thanks!

Oh, and if you want to see what REALLY happens in the back car on the first drop. Go frame-by-frame between 36-37 seconds and watch Jim and I... Right around 37 seconds we go "PLUMP" back into the seats just in time for that intense right turn. Watch how far down the back of our shirts are at 37 seconds compared to 36 ;-) AWESOME!!!

EDIT: Here is what I'm talking about. Hope Robb doesn't mind me editing this piece!

-GG

Jim and I (aka Bullet Boys) getting ejected on the first drop of the Bullet.

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Postby MrMorgan » Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:39 am

WOW! I think I have a new favorite coaster, and I've never even ridden it! OK, that's crazy... but anyways. This ride looks so awesome! So many suprise drops, head choppers, and insane turns. I love that it's all nicely packaged inside it's own structure.

The layout is so confusing. Can someone tell me, at 2:45 in the video, there's a clip of the train dropping off into seemingly nowhere, but it doens't look like the first drop. What part of the ride is that?

Robb, I love the "Coasters in the raw" concept. That is EXACTLY what the market needs, if you ask me. I don't need to hear some studio voice talk about the ride while the POV is going by. Just show me the ride, from all angles, on-ride, off-ride, backwards, wash, rinse, repeat. Awesome. Very good idea! More, more, more!

P.S. I hope that doesn't mean we won't be seeing anymore of your "zany antics" videos, though.

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Postby downunder » Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:55 am

This coaster looks insane, looks like something that would be a nice addition at somewhere like Indiana Beach or our own Sydney Luna Park.

That DVD sounds awesome, any other reverse POV's in there as well?

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Postby texcoaster » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:44 am

MrMorgan wrote:The layout is so confusing. Can someone tell me, at 2:45 in the video, there's a clip of the train dropping off into seemingly nowhere, but it doens't look like the first drop. What part of the ride is that?


That's the second big drop. There are a few still shots of it in Robb's post, particularly the one that says "Geezus, you can't even see the track" and the one that follows it.

In the layout, it's the big turn that sits right above the first drop.

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Postby DRACHEN_FIRE_FAN-BOY » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:07 am

wow, that looks like so much fun, unlike ROAR!......

who would have thought such a twisted structure could be so much fun... :airtimer:
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Postby tigerxeyez » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:09 am

I love the pic of KT!!!!!

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Postby DaveH80 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:14 am

Wow! Looks like a great coaster. Diving in and out of its own structure so many times there must have been great head & hand choppers. Does this one stand out among the other 2 Gravity Group coasters since it is compact as opposed to out and back like Hades & Voyage? Can't wait to see what RF II brings next year! Thanks for the great pics & video.

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Postby Coasterboy2 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:48 am

Looks truly insane. Another great Gravity Group coaster! BTW, I love the 'Raw Coasters' concept. :)

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Postby bgwfreak » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:59 am

Thanks for the update Robb.

I love those swanky new PTCs on bullet.

I wasn't sure the manufacturer until I saw the yellow step releases on there like were on Voyage's trains.

Anyways....I'll get to TX one of these years.

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