montezooma wrote:If I could go back in time and ride any coaster that is now gone, The Rocket would be my #1 choice!!!
That speed dip after the first drop looks brutal! I wish I had the chance to ride it. I can't think of anything worse than sitting in the coaster and not being able to ride cause no one else would ride with you...total bummer!!!
Those are some great pictures. I believe that when the movie Roller Coaster was filmed the ride got a pretty make over but it it's last days it was pretty delapidated (sp?)
That crash scene in Roller Coaster is pretty good! Gruesome but Good!
PS- where are the nudie shots from Playboy???
Yes, Shane, I agree about the Rocket's speed bump after the first drop: it must've been quite intense. You can easily see that in one of the off-ride shots in 'Rollercoaster.'
I think they gussied the old girl up for her Hollywood premier, but she was still one mean b**ch according to people I know who rode at the time.
That crash scene was WAYYY more gruesome than what made it into the final cut. The producer's (?) wife saw it and asked that it be tamed a bit. I've heard that stunt people were injured in that scene. I'd love to see the Director's Cut ...
That one pic is all I have left of the Playboy nudie layout (go figure!!!). If you have others that show the Rocket, please post!
astroworldfan1 wrote:Shane or Scott, ya'll wouldn't have to happen a clip of the Rocket during the scence where its destroyed? That would have been so cool to see that! Yet, we lost a coaster to Hollywood.
No, I don't have a copy but would love to see it again. As bad as that TV movie was, it contains the very last filmed images of the park in operation. They changed the Rocket's train from three-cars to just two. I often wondered if that was done to reduce stress on the structure, or to make sure the train hits its mark when it 'crashed' ...
westipher97 wrote:^ I have the same question regarding Lightning Loops. Wasn't someone checking restraints?! Didn't ride ops physically pull on them to ensure they were locked? Even if you just walked by and made a visual, wouldn't you notice if a rider didn't have his/her harness pulled down?
Here is the news cast from the day of the Lightnin' Loops accident. You can hear exactly what happened from the guy sitting next to her.
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