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Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:53 pm
by hillflyer
The Return of the Cyclone Racer to Long Beach?

It’s closer than you think. If you’ve ever wanted to participate in the bringing back of an old classic roller coaster, now is your chance.
Yes. It is possible thanks to a life time of work by Downy resident Larry Osterhoudt.

I can say that, having done the impossible by bringing back to life a roller coaster that was doomed to the ash heap. The success of the San Diego Giant Dipper project proved to me that anything is possible.

Please write to the following city officials to voice your support for Larry’s dream.

Jeannine Pierce city council District 2: (district2@longbeach.gov Phone 562-570-2222) and

Tom Modica Asst city manager: (Tom.Modica@longbeach.gov 562-570-5091)

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:01 pm
by hillflyer

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:11 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Oh wow, that's pretty cool. I didn't know about this coaster. Thanks for the education! If this does come back, I'd go down to Long Beach next time I'm in the area.

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:02 pm
by Nrthwnd
The Leave It To Beaver photo is funny, because... who fits three guys into a single coaster seat, anyway? :lol:

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:30 am
by Jew
Why would anyone write to city council members about a project with no land and no money?

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:25 am
by cycloneracer
Nrthwnd wrote:The Leave It To Beaver photo is funny, because... who fits three guys into a single coaster seat, anyway? :lol:
That was the norm on the Cyclone Racer. It was bench seating. As long as you were thin you could fit 3 easily in there. I've interviewed guys who did it when they were a kid.

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:31 am
by cycloneracer
Jew wrote:Why would anyone write to city council members about a project with no land and no money?
No land is needed because it's 100% over there water. Investors are waiting the outcome of the cities decision.

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:38 pm
by Jew
Famous last words..."Investors are waiting."

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:21 am
by hillflyer
Jew wrote:Famous last words..."Investors are waiting."


That reminds me of an article on historic landmarks a :shockr: San Diego Architectural magazine did in 1980 when mentioning the the Giant Dipper: "Now there is talk of restoring the roller coaster. There always is.". Not to mention a whole bunch of other Doubting Thomas opinions and look what happened. Unnecessary comments are so easily dismissed. Sorry.

Re: Long Beach Cyclone Racer Rebuild Inches Forward

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:35 am
by hillflyer
You know, when I set out to build a model of Belmont's adandoned coaster in 1981, I had no idea what I was really getting into. Now it's been open for nearly 30 years! I've been building this recreation of the Racer since 2016 just for my own satisfaction, but now it looks like this could be history repeating itself.