I can't believe that I got all of this stuff in one day. Well here we go.
Shockwave was originally built in 1988. It remained at Six Flags Great America for 14 years before being dismantled to make room for Superman Ultimate Flight.
Through Shockwave's lifetime, the roller coaster suffered some injuries. Due to the speed going into the first vertical loop, the track fractured and needed constant attention in order for it to run smoothly and more importantly safely. Plus the wheels on the trains wore out pretty quickly and needed maintenance and would shut down during the day and be closed for twenty minute periods. The wheels were expensive too. THese reasons are probably the reason why it led to its destruction.
Let me take you back time when the Shockwave was still around and running.
THe year is 1988 and Shockwave just shattered the record book. It claimed the records of being the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world. Shockwave also claimed the roller coaster with the most inversions. Thats seven.Ohhhhh Yaaaaaaa!!!!
However these records didn't last long. The very next year, Great American Scream Machine opened with an exact copied layout but three feet taller and 3 mph faster. Then the very next year Viper opened at SFMM and stole those records away.
After the Shockwave's removal, it sat in a field for two years waiting for another park to buy it.When the park failed to sell Shockwave, the coaster sentanced to death at the scrapyard in Zion, IL. The red train was sent to SFGAdv for spare parts for GASM. The yellow and blue trains were sent to SFMM to be used as spare parts for Viper. The sign was donated to an ACE's Museum. Several bolts were auctioned off at a coaster convention. The lift motor was installed at the Demon. Other various parts still exist in the park during Fright Fest.