This year Knotts went all out giving us two firsts for the park, a tour of Monte's Zoom machine and for the first time ever, allowed those other than maintenance staff sit in the infamous B&M "Ball", not to mention a bonus Roundhouse tour! As always lunch was awesome and despite a change in operating hours, the park went above and beyond by allowing front of the line access with an additional 30 minutes of ride time!
Here is an exert of what I wrote on their Facebook page that sums is all up
...(I would like to) express my gratitude to everyone who put forth an extraordinary effort into making this past Sunday's West Coast Bash the best ever. From being able to touch Monte's cable to sitting in the B&M "ball", the custom T-Shirts, lunch, gifts, and experiencing your most important asset, your amazing, friendly staff, a great time was had by all who attended...
As advertised, QueerRudie was up with the roosters to be first in line.
Knotts had a full staff on hand to help in passing out the days crap. Well, it wasn't crap really. It was amazing! Free group photo, Free on-ride photo, Free T-Shirt, and lots of other things to numerous to mention! Thanks Knotts!
"If you mess your pants while touching Monte, please go back to the hotel and change"
QueerRudie was also first in line for tour #1
Monte was connected to his rear wench so that he could be pulled out of the station and have his wheel replaced.
Poly stew is on the menu today.
Gather round parishioners, for you are about to have the most spiritual experience of your lives.
And there it is, the holy grail.
look at those lines, curves in all the right places
In all of it's glory, the motor the spins the giant fly wheel
Kent says "Here is my motor, it has over 1.5 million pulls, and to ensure we get another 1.5 million pulls, the mask is not allowed on property."
And here is the infamous flywheel! Sexy
Don't worry guys, this cable is not made by Intamin.
Under Monte's skirt.
The cable goes in here, and spins and spins and spins until the sensor says don't spin anymore. When it's told not to spin anymore the brakes are applied on the station end where a separate motor pulls the cable back into launch position.
Rudie will never wash his hands again.
Next Kent took us to see the original control panel.
Looks like a panel.
The gauges all read 0, which is a good thing, otherwise that would mean the ride was in operation, which would be a bad thing, because then we might have all had our hands, arms, and heads chopped off.
The counter has clicked over once already.
No Faults, music to my ears.
This computer is used to check for programming etc. If it dies, the park will be forced to upgrade the ride system.
Yay, spare parts!
Going up the stairs to the station, we got up close and personal with the braking system.
Now here is a shot you can't get during normal operation.
At least it's good.
This device pushes hard into the rear of Monte to make him go zoom.
Here is the rear end cable pulley
Wouldn't you love to be the one to push this button?
All of these people were gathered round for the second service.
We then got to sneak a peak inside Windseeker's naughty area.
There was no wind being broken during pre-flight checks.
Double Boob Credit!!!
Next up was Silver Bullet
"Welcome. This is my ball"
So if Silver Bullet isn't silver, then why is it called Silver Bullet?
"Please, step into my ball"
How fortunate are we to be the only people, ever, outside of maintenance to be able to sit in this engineering marvel.
I'm gonna run all you all down at a whopping speed of 2mph
You can't get this shot everyday. I have to say sitting in that ball was my #2 highlight of the day.
Hi JoJo and TJ!
After the tours and some Xcel ERT, it was time to hit up a few other rides before lunch.
After lunch we had to take a trip through the Calico Mine.
Chris' favorite thing to ride...
And with that we bid farewell to Knotts. Thanks again Knotts and TPR for a great day! It was truly amazing!
Chad, your photo report is pure win! And you, sir, are a whore. Just sayin. I hear you're thinking about a return to Cali. If you fail to visit Santa Cruz on your bounce back, I will hunt you down and make you iron and fold towels. I mean it!
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