Astroworld's goes up for auction today along with other stuff left over from the park, unfortunatly during the deconstruction of the ride the control box went up in flames but the main ride is still ok.
A little off topic, but Screamscape says Kobe Portopialand is closing so that looks like another two Schwartzkopfs could be lost.
I rode King Kobra at PKD (old loop style, weight drop) back in 1981 and was just overwhelmed by the power and smoothness of this ride. Unfortunately I don't think management at most parks care about the historical significance or amazing quality of these rides; they're like used cars, throw em out and get a new one. We need someone like Dick Knoebel to pick up a few Schwartzkopfs; he'd preserve them for us.
I am also sad that Greazed Lightnin' is in pieces at SFMW. That was my first coaster I ever went on with a loop. I don't know how coaster buisness works to well but couldn't a coaster company like B&M or Intamin make duplicates of Schwartzkopfs shuttle loops? The only reason the Schwartzkopfs shuttle loops are disapearing is because it is so hard to find parts for them now so if B&M or Intamin made some shuttle loops there would be parts for them. It could be the new generation of Shuttle Loops. Also, I know Arrow made some shuttle loops but I don't like them as mush as Schwartzkopfs but how many Arrows are left?
* Lets keep our fingers crossed that the shuttle loop from Astroworld finds a new home!
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^Yeah, reading this thread makes me happy that Viper is now located at my home park and still rarely has a wait.
That sucks for you though. I remember I was pretty disappointed when I heard it was being taken out of SFOG. I guess it worked out well though. It challenges Chang and Thunder Run for the best ride in the park on it's good days.
Bumping this up, to ask the question, how many of these are left and still running, now? On page 1 Robb listed the seven he remembers....I realize I have been on five of them! Actually six, since I did ride Tidal Wave (MsGA) in it's day.
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That loop design in the most fun you could ever have in a loop, total perfection. Any bigger and you loose the force distribution. The tummy tickle is divine falling out of the loop backwards. Combine that with the most perfect steel coaster trains ever designed. All the bigger, faster, bad-assyer shuttle coasters are awesome, but none are as fun as the Schwarzkopf shuttle loops, ride after ride, year after year.
Nrthwnd wrote:Bumping this up, to ask the question, how many of these are left and still running, now? On page 1 Robb listed the seven he remembers....I realize I have been on five of them! Actually six, since I did ride Tidal Wave (MsGA) in it's day.
There are currently 6 operating, according to RCDB. Four flywheel versions and two weight drop versions.
Flywheel: Montezooma's Revenge Shuttle Loop (Nagashima Spa Land) Cascabel 2.0 (La Feria, Mexico) Psyche Underground (Walibi Belgium), which has since been refurbished with an LSM system from Gerstlauer
Weight Drop: Golden Loop (Gold Reef City, South Africa) Katapul (Hopi Hari, Brazil) - but isn't Hopi Hari struggling a ton? Anyone know if this one is *really* operating?
I do love these rides. Granted, I've only done Monte, but given the POVs from the others, Monte appears to travel the farthest up the rear spike, which is my favorite part of the ride. I hope Knott's keeps this coaster for many more years. It's the last one in the US, very iconic, and barely takes up space.
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