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In honor of this monumental expansion of The Big Mike Road Show thread into Theme Park Review history, Big Mike will treat all The Valuable Big Mike Readers, everyone on the Theme Park Review website, and all the coaster world to a VERY RARE AND EXCLUSIVE trip report posting tonight!!!

 

 

Theme Park Review and The Big Mike Road Show 2009 will proudly present the World premiere of the 1st ever FULL trip report of John Ivers HOMEMADE and BACKYARD coasters!!!

 

 

There has been coverage before, but as John said so himself, no one has ever done a FULL report which included pictures of John and his wife and dogs, interviews, tons of pictures of the two coasters, ON RIDE photos, and pictures of the other rides on site!

 

 

Big Mike Productions has stopped all production to bee line this report to everyone tonight to celebrate Big Mike's proud accomplishment here on Theme Park Review!

 

 

Look for it tonight and thanks to everyone who reads and supports The Big Mike Road Show which made this top honor possible!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

 

Tonight is almost over! I've had mine done since yesterday! Probably not as elaborate as yours!

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Hey Fantastic Friends!!!!

 

 

(This section is repeated from a few pages ago just in case anyone did not hear the HUGE news!!)

 

 

AWESOME NEWS!!!

 

If you are a Valuable Big Mike Reader, this great info just got passed down to Big Mike World Headquarters!!!

 

 

Big Mike's hard work and commitment to help make Theme Park Review's website the #1 coaster and theme park website in the World has just been recognized by the main man himself, my great friend Mr. Robb Alvey!!!!!

 

 

Robb has ALWAYS been a HUGE supporter of The Big Mike Road Show thread, always there for me when the few haters go on attack on me!

 

Robb's support and my love for him and all he has done for The Big Mike Road Show's rise to success has driven me to do all I can for the site and to make helping the park index as much as I can the 2nd top priority this year behind meeting lots of new and old friends!!

 

Anyone who has come out to say hello this year at a park can vouch for me that I tell the group to keep walking as I peel off to take as many ride photos and signs as I can and I will run and catch back up to you.

 

 

Well the hard work has paid off and Big Mike has been recognized in 2 different ways!!!

 

 

Robb has:

 

 

1. Big Mike now has his OWN website address on Theme Park Review!!!

 

Ever tell a friend about the cool thread on TPR, but had to give the website address and then say go to "forum" and then "donkeys" and then scroll down until you find "Big Mike"?

 

I do it all the time when I take pictures of people.

 

Well Robb has just made it VERY EASY!

 

The Big Mike Road Show thread can now be found just be typing in:

 

www.themeparkreview.com/bigmike

 

Woo hoo!!!!!

 

Our very own link!!!

 

We have made the big time!!!

 

 

That's not all though.

 

Secondly, now that Big Mike has done such hard work and has posted soooo many trip reports for all the Valuable Big Mike Readers and Theme Park Review family to see when they want to check out a park for their own trip, Robb had made it MUCH easier again!!

 

 

Now if you go into the TPR Park Index and just search the key words BIG MIKE, soon all the park trip reports will come up alphabetically with park reviews and ride photos!!!!

 

Woo hoo!!!

 

Big Mike has solidified himself as the place to go to find the most in depth information

 

 

In honor of this monumental expansion of The Big Mike Road Show thread into Theme Park Review history, Big Mike will treat all The Valuable Big Mike Readers, everyone on the Theme Park Review website, and all the coaster world to a VERY RARE AND EXCLUSIVE trip report posting tonight!!!

 

 

Theme Park Review and The Big Mike Road Show 2009 will proudly present the World premiere of the 1st ever FULL trip report of John Ivers HOMEMADE and BACKYARD coasters!!!

 

 

There has been coverage before, but as John said so himself, no one has ever done a FULL report which included pictures of John and his wife and dogs, interviews, tons of pictures of the two coasters, ON RIDE photos, and pictures of the other rides on site!

 

 

Big Mike Productions has stopped all production to bee line this report to everyone tonight to celebrate Big Mike's proud accomplishment here on Theme Park Review!

 

 

I hope you enjoy!!!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

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This concludes this part, but I have more in store for you, and it is coming up right away!

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A couple of nerd shots to please everybody.

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You can just see the happiness!

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Last but certainly not least, Craig takes it for a spin.

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Gage is lucky enough to ride with John!

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Adam is rewarded for hanging out with The Big Mike Road Show with a ride of his own.

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Two thumbs up and I rate this coaster higher than Son of Beast at Kings Island.

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Big Mike thought this coaster was real fun.

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Big Mike had permission to bring his camera on the ride.

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The drop!

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Big Mike enjoying the coaster while still managing to bring The Valuable Big Mike Readers extensive coverage.

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Credit #765 for Big Mike!!!

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EXCLUSIVE "On Ride" photos!

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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John runs a few laps with no problems and then the silence is shattered..... by....... "Would anyone like to ride?"

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As if the day could not get any better, John decides to start up the Blue Too and do some test runs.

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Gage conquered the loop!

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Success! Gage finishes the ride intact!

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Gage enters the loop and all of us hold our breath for the outcome.

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The drop.

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The lift carries Gage all the way up with no problem!

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The lift carries Gage away.

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John pushes Gage to the lift and now it is time to see if this coaster really works!

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Since there is a weight limit on The Blue Flash, Gage was the only person allowed to be a guiney pig, I mean ride it.

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John moves the car back and forth to cut the grass since no one has ridden it lately.

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John uncovers the seat to The Blue Flash and asks Gage if he wants to ride so we can see it in action for our report!

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The ending.

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The rest of the course.

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The lift motor.

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The lift.

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The cars are attached by a trailer hitch.

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Front view.

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The coaster cars.

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This coaster has two cars and even has steps to the loading platform!

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Overview.

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John's second invention is The Blue Too!

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Here is the ending of the coaster.

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A view of everything covered so far.

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Different view of the loop.

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The Blue Flash even has a loop!!!

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There is a tight turn at the bottom of the drop.

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The lift supports are built right into the roof of the shed.

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The drop.

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The lift motor.

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Notice the lift hill is built right on top of his shed.

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The lift.

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The coaster car, currently covered up to build suspense.

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Overview.

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Now I will show you his two inventions, starting with the original... The Blue Flash!

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Here he is, John Ivers himself!

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John and his wife come out to talk to us about the coasters.

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The 1st thing I noticed was the guard dog sitting by the coaster.

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A picture for the TPR Park Index!

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The Big Mike Road Show 2009 proudly presents John Ivers Home Built Back Yard Coasters!

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Yep, there they are!!!

 

Everyone always dreams about having a coaster in thier own backyard, but John actually did it!

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We arrive, and from a distance I think I can make out a few coasters in John's backyard!

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The story starts as my great buddy Craig Iggyace) takes me for a ride to John Ivers house in Indiana along with his son Gage. Adam (Spaceace12) picked the right day to tag along with The Big Mike Road Show for sure!

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The Big Mike Road Show is back showing you everything else at John Ivers!!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

 

 

PS - Thanks to Craig for contributing a few pictures for this report!!!

 

Craig will have another trip report with better stories and more technical info, make sure to read that too!!

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"Bye Big Mike, come back anytime!!!"

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Peace, Big Mike

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Since this was so special to Big Mike and the fact that John and his wife were such wonderful people, we had John be a special guest checker offer of Indiana on The Official Big Mike Road Show 2009 T-Shirt!!

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A nice group shot of 4 crazy coaster riders and one awesome coaster builder.

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Big Mike thanks John for this rare and thrilling opportunity.

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Success! John has built a winner.

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Craig into the loop, success or failure?

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Craig comes flying down the drop and turn much faster than Gage.

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Up the lift Craig goes, again with no problems!

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As John pushes Craig to the lift, I sense a bit of concern on Craig's face.

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John decides that since The Big Mike Road Show is in town, he is going to try something new and push the envelope of his coaster and see if it can handle Craig!

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Other rides at John Ivers for the park index lol:

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Big Mike makes friends with the guard dog :)

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Big Mike, that was the best TR EVER!

 

I'm super jealous that you guys got to ride. It looks like you guys had a blast!

It's so awesome that you guys were able to ride and meet John, and have it all documented while doing so.

 

This has been one of, if not my favorite installments of TBMRS!

Thanks again Big Mike!

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I imagine that not only Mr. Ivers's coasters but also his slide, swing set, and propane tank are better than Son of Beast.

 

Thanks for the report, Mike--and thank you to Mr. Ivers.

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Awesome TR Big Mike! I remember seeing the Blue Flash on TV last year, What an awesome coaster. I thinks it's the only inverting coaster I weigh too much to ride. I think the weight cut off is 200 pounds right? Glad to see the Blue Too is up and running, but I'm not glad you think it's better than Son Of Beast. I'm about to find out why next week!

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I imagine that not only Mr. Ivers's coasters but also his slide, swing set, and propane tank are better than Son of Beast.

Not to mention, the car ride out to Mr. Ivers's house.

 

 

AWESOME job, Big Mike!! That's one pretty elusive credit for sure. And also, huge thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Ivers as well!

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