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Media TR - Carowinds' Carolina Cobra -- New Vekoma trains

Postby SeaWhippet » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:23 am

Just a got back from the media event for Carowinds' Carolina Cobra, the Vekoma Boomerang relocated from Geauga Lake. Despite dreary overcast skies and eventually rain, the park offerd a nice lunch, band, CC ice sculpture and even live snakes (no Cobra's ... sorry. ;) ).

Opening remarks came from Bart Kinzel, Carowinds VP/GM. Dick Kinzel was also in attendance but did not speak. Along with new paint on Borg-Hawk and lots of landscaping, there are BIG things planned for this park in 2010 and the years ahead. And where the old Arrow log flume once was you'll find a nice big construction fence where work is underway on "something"...

The new Vekoma trains are major improvement over the standard vehicles. Though the "vest" rests snugly against ones shoulder and chest, there's still a LOT more rider freedom. And there's NO additional seatbelt-thing attaching the restraint to the car body. This "should" speed up cycles as the crew gets used to the ride.

Here a few pics I got before the sprinkle became a downpour.

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Postby revilolee » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:18 am

It's looking great. And I wanna know what that "something" is lol.

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Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:46 am

Seems like a repeat of Dominator's media day what with the bad weather but the ride sure looks nice & I actually like how the sign & logo turned out.It looks like the GP who were in attendance for the event certainly enjoyed the ride experience,boomerangs can be quite enjoyable so long as the restraints don't kill your head during the we need a new boomerang or invertigo at KD since SFA decided to remove two face because that was actually an enjoyable ride.

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Postby montezooma » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:30 pm

I like the look of those new trains. Not a fan of the color of the ride tho. Now you have me very excited for 2010, I wonder what it could be???

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Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:01 pm

I like the colors, and the trains........ I think those are fantastic! They should put those on every Vekoma corkscrew/boomerang! =)

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Postby SeaWhippet » Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:13 pm

One can only guess, Shane. We just saw a nice new privacy fence covering the loading area and lagoon of the old Arrow flume. I guess time will tell re: 2010 ...

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Postby silvercrew1 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:09 pm

Restraints are looking a lot better than usual. Looks like there is an actual enjoyable boomerang out there!

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Postby nrs2420 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:13 pm

Those trains look much nicer, I would love to see what they feel like on the Ninja here at SFSTL.

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Postby SeaWhippet » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:44 pm

There are a LOT of painful Vekoma/Arrow coasters out there that would only benefit from these restraints.

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Postby AsianInvasion815 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:22 pm

Is that 2nd spike on an angle?


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