Today was the press confrence to announce the name of the name of the new GCI woodie at Beech Bend. I arrived at about 12:00, at which time I met up with Scott (Scaparri) and Matt (MattyboiTN) and two of his friends. We all chatted a bit, wandered around and took some photos, then had a seat for the announcement. The crowd was really small...maybe 50 people or so. The owners of Beech Bend and their son and daughter spoke for a bit, and Jeff from GCI told us about the coaster and took questions. They announced that the name would be the Kentucky Rumbler, and then there were cheerleaders, and confetti and much celebration throughout the land.
After the announcement we went on a construction site tour, which was really cool, and very exciting. We got to ask detailed questions about the ride, and see parts of it up close that we won't be able to see when it opens. After the tour, we hit the refreshemnt table, then headed over for ERT on the Wild Mouse. I guess I got about 6 or 7 rides with various people in various seating configurations. At that point, Scott headed back to talk to Jeff some more, then was headed off to Kentucky Kingdom. But I, Matt and his friends made the obligatory TPR pit stop at McDonalds before heading back into Tennessee.
Overall I had a GREAT time, and would LOVE to be able to go to events like this more often. Onto the pics, because that's what you're really here for, right?
Welcome to Bowling Green. Don't even look for directional signs pointing to the park because we don't have any!
This is part of the view that you see from inside the park.
And here is another view from inside the park.
Scott came armed with a camera, as every good TPR member should!
Here is part of the looping star. It was for sale, but now they've decided to keep it, and it is just being moved about 100 feet to the right of where it has always been.
I'm sorry, but this photo KICKS ASS!!!
There was a team of junior high cheerleaders there too. This was their mascot..."The Purple." Yes, that's right, "The Purple."
Here is the Beech Bend owner speaking about the future of his park. His daughter said that the parents used their life savings to build the coaster instead of buying a beach house.
It's the Kentucky Rumbler! That sign is klassy with a K.
Love it. This is the man who was setting off the fireworks. I snapped this just as the charge went off...you can even see the black firework still in the air. Best part is the ambulance. Can't Photoshop something this good!
Next we started the construction tour. In true TPR fashion, Matt has also arrived with a camera...and a video camera at that!
Here is Jeff from GCI standing on the "dead man", or the place where a lot of main supports come together. He said that some people request to get married on these supports, and we all agreed that that would be a very Robb and Elissa thing to do.
Here is the view of the first turnaround after the lifthill as seen from the "dead man."
Sweet! Another absolutely KICK ASS photo!
Here's Scott standing on a footer. Coolest footer stander I saw all day!
Here was a really obnoxious kid who kept kicking and playing with the gravel, and was just generally being very distracting. For Pete's sake, if your kids can't behave, don't bring them to something like this.
Wow, Jeff looks pretty pissed here. "First you sit on the loop of the Looping Star, then you make fun of 'The Purple'...I guess you're going to start standing all over my footers like that other guy now, huh?"
Yes Jeff, that's exactly what I'm going to do! That's Paul Drabek in the background laughing at me.
Being true coaster enthusiasts, of course we hit up the refreshment table next.
Next was ERT time, so we headed over to the Wid Mouse. Scott's all "Yay, a new credit!"
Here are Matt and his friends riding "The Purple." Matt looks truly terrified going over those bunny hops, no?
Me and Scott on the Wild Mouse. Yep, that's the best caption I got.
Me and Matt on the Wild Mouse. Once again, best caption I got.
The Discovery Channel crew even took a couple of laps on the mouse.
Then something happened that I've never had happen on a coaster before...it e-stopped!
While e-stopped at the higest point of the ride, Matt thinks "Ahh, I'm hanging all the way over the edge! Get me down!" and Julie thinks "Ahh! Why does my face look so fat in e-stop pictures?!?!"
Julie says "Look at me, I'm cool, I'm touching coaster track." Then reason gets the best of her and she says "Eww, it's dirty and rusty! Get your hands off of that and go get a tetanus shot!"
Matt takes a breather and has a seat on the Looping Star also.
Lest we forget where we are, I present this photo of a keg holding the nuts and bolts of the Looping Star.
KICK ASS photo #3!!!
I pray to the Lord above that they are getting a new panel for the Looping Star because you *know* this has sat in the rain at some point this week.
We were some of the last people to leave the event. Scott headed out to SFKK, and the rest of us went to McDonalds! I swear this is the most confusing road sign I have seen in my whole life. 31 West South? What?
Yay! Obligatory "Stuffing your face at McDonald's" photo!
I got the new premium grilled chicken sandwich. It was kinda weird and gross, so I don't recommend it. Stick with burgers and fries.
Julie says "I am *so* adorable when I wear this Chicken Little Crown"
And Matt says "Whatever, I am *way* more adorable than you when *I* wear *my* Chicken Little crown."
Thanks for reading!
LOL! GREAT Photos!!!! I loved this: "Eww, it's dirty and rusty! Get your hands off of that and go get a tetanus shot!" I feel exactly the same way whenever we end up doing a walkback somewhere! "Oh, how cool..." then immediatly followed by "Dammit, I got this crap all over my hands!"
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