Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby Ace Of Spades » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:30 pm

I kept completely mentally skipping over it when I read it, but good to hear RimRunner's staying and getting a rehab, it's a pretty good flume.
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby Gmaster562 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:08 pm

I sure hope it finds a home! I found the ride to be intense and fun! The way the curves flow after the launch is amazing!
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby chadster » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:56 pm

Bad news, the owner of the ride has declined to allow me in the ride area. I suspect it has something to do with liabilty as no one is onsite who has any dealings with it. So, late tonight I will post what I have on the hotel and the ride.

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby xmichellex » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:29 pm

^ Bummer about Speed. Thanks for taking pics, can't wait to see 'em!
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby chadster » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:26 am

As promised, here are pictures of the Sahara including some of Speed: The Ride. It should be noted that the areas on the outside have had plywood walls errected making it difficult to shoot the ride track from the outside. Will post in multiple segments.
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They had you enter the garages off of Paradise Road, then walk to the main entrance.
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You could buy these fountain heads and lights for $325. No takers.
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Cedar Fair should have come to this sale.
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You could buy any of the signage you wanted to.
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even the phone booths
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Up on the Elevator lobby of the Penthouse, you could buy the carpet for $50, but not so fast, you can't take it until they are ready to shut the floor down for good.
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Off to the Penthouse we go
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where we go to the left and enter the living area.
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you could smell the history, the sofa, if you wanted it, was $275
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On the other side of the living area, they had a wet bar complete with old school equipment
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Part of the washroom, this had to have been the sh!t back in the day
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In the bedroom we find the famous marble tub. It was still up for grabs for $475, then you had to figure out how to get it the hell outta there.
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Opposite of the tub was the bed
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This was the second bedroom
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And this is Speed from 25 stories in teh air
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The views were quite spectacular from this level, the building, however, was not.
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Speed was sporting a tear drop
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104 out, and no pool to play in. The pool furniture was for sale, but sheesh, was it mildewed and dirt stained. It was also not selling very well.
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Finally for this segment we take a look at the bathoom
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Where you can take a shower...
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much like the bathtub, you have a nice view of the city
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no expense was spared
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Just outside the Penthouse was the service elevator and housekeeping area. The stairs to the right led to the roof.

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby chadster » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:27 am

Part II Presidential
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Staying on the Penthouse floor we find the Presidential Suite. The day before I took this picture, the Presidential sign was still on the door, today, it was missing.
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living area
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Bathtub, again in the bedroom area with mirror. hmmmmm wonder what that was for...
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Like the penthouse, it has a girly area
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And an upgraded shower
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This is the sleeping area in the same room as the tub
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this place was huge, around the corner and down the hall we found a mini bar
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where you could buy this for like $600
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multi sink girly area. Again, same suite.
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Another shower, the Prez has two showers! I wonder what else it has two of?
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It has two toilets! A his and hers! but that's not all....
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It has a second tub in the the northwest corner with views all around
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Including that of the Stratosphere where you could watch people shoot up and drop off
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Or shoot out on Speed!
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On my way back out of the Presidential and on to floor 23. Notice how beat down the curtains were with light shining thru the holes in the liner.
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Welcome to floor 23, off the elevator you find this
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Down the hall. Only one of the three elevators worked, the service elevators were also shut down.
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Typical accomidations.
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you could purchase this quality piece for $50
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ok so here is the thing. In the south end of the building you found three rooms, all could be joined by opening pass thru doors, all had different sinks.
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pass thru door
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third room southeast side
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but, if you were to pass back thru the pass thru door and walk outside, you found this for 10 million. That's it for this Part, next and final part, the casino, kitchen, and theatre areas.

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby chadster » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:17 am

Last and final part, some of this may have yourself asking, I ate there?
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We will start off by getting off the elevator and walking towards the House of Lords
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and here we are
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I didn't stick around long in here, it smelt of 40 year old grease and smoke. If you wanted to take the odor with you, it'll set you back $1,100
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this is the house of lords kitchen area
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the prices were outrageous
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for sale, no takers
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also no takers
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I'll take some fries please...NOT
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maybe some french onion soup under the broiler...yuck!
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or perhaps a hamburger
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so let's head over to another kitchen for the cafe and bars and whatever else they used it for
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big pot cook large amount of food
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all of the food containers were up for grabs from anywhere from $5-$20
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ok, so behind the kitchen was the employee hallways, this side taking you towards the bufffet. It also had a cut thru over to the acracde and coaster, but that was locked.
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this side of the hallway took you the casino floor, dumping out next to the NASCAR gift shop
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but before we make it the buffet, how about a stop to the Theatre
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dressing room
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back of house stairs to the balcony
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I'm guessing these were used as dessing rooms or offices on the second floor
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stage from the balcony
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ever wonder what show control looks like?
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well now you know. The lighting prices were over the top, many production companies looking it over, all saying it was waaaaay over priced. I tend to agree, at 1200+ I'd rather buy new.
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These stairs were at the end of the hallway taking you to the second floor where the buffet was.
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the chef's office
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one of the cooking areas
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fridges for sale, most broken
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cooking area
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ever wanted to know what a dish sees before it enters the washer?
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employee dining room
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from where you could access the smaller theatre
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The smaller theatre entrance
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ok, so here we are at the buffet
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sorry ACEr's
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looking down the line
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you could buy a picture for $5, no kidding! some people bought their own!
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This area was a no no
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This is the other side of the no no area
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crap for sale, most of it I'm sure didn't work, plus, it was about 100% higher than it should've been
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ever wonder what a count room looks like? I called and got permission to enter!
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so in we go
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count it up!
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coin sorter still for sale
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as were the mules
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and the currency counter
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main cage area
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behind the magic wall in the cage area
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ever wonder what a cashier sees?
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the main casino floor where they still had well used tables for sale
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no more dice to be thrown
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but there was a light fixture to be bought
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby snoflake15 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:45 am

Chadster - fantastic photos. So sad to see a hotel I stayed in reduced to a jumble sale. Did anyone else think The Shining looking round that hotel? :shockr:

PS - did they say anything about Speed going to Circus Circus? ;)

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby haiderodes » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:08 am

Interesting photos! I have been tempted to go to the sale but I heard what you posted...the good stuff had been swiped when it closed and the stuff left was overpriced for the condition it was in.

The most interesting part about it all is that it just closed last month, but it looks like they had really let the place go. I had been in the hotel earlier this year, but obviously not to all the areas you were in. We used to go eat at Pacos (mexican place) for their cheap happy hour specials.
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby deguy123 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:15 am

Wow the place looks like its been closed for years. Glad I actually got the credit on Speed back in the early 2000's. I remember it being a great ride, hopefully someone buys the coaster!


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