Wow! Never saw this - very cool!
I completely forgot that the crappy lapbar/nipple clamp combo restraints weren't original. I wish I could have ridden it back then.
That was interesting. Pretty cheesy though. Old video is funny.
...And that song is really bad.
But I'm happy to have seen it. Thanks!
I would love to have ridden a lap bar only/trim free Revolution. Has such potential, esp. now that decades have passed, and the mountain has grown in with foliage.
Odd. Color TV existed in 1976. I'm pretty sure.
I am sure that *if* Revs were returned to its original specs (NEVER gonna happen) - it would get mentioned alongside Shockwave and Mindbender and Whizzer. Nonetheless, grwat video, thanks so much for posting that.
P.S. Just watching it "run free"...almost knocked my socks right off! ;)
Gator, when I turn Magic Mountain in to Beaver Mountain, I'm getting the trains re-done with just lap bars, and the trims taken off. And you get a front seat ride guaranteed each visit ;).
Will you re-name it Whippersnapper, too? :)
Nah. I'm going to use the Wally World names for the coasters I HAVE to change, like Batman, Riddler, etc. ;)
Then, I'm going to strap a bomb to the track.
Someday when I finally get to SFMM, the first thing I'm going to say when I walk in the gate is, "Where are the big rides? The big ones!"
That was a fun commercial. Anyone catch this one while on the Youtube page?
Wow, check out those odd lapbars the original trains had. Interesting that the media was so critical of the ride back then. You never hear them bad mouth a new ride these days.
^Colossus looks pretty amazing back then too! To the best of my thinking, it is the first woodie with ratcheting lap bars :( American Eagle, I think, was second (although it did open with buzz bars, no headrests, or 'wings').
That speed hill after the second drop (the one where the woman was thrown to her death in '78) had the nick name of 'Mother F***er' (before it was re-profiled into what it is today).
-> gator, I think one day the Rev could see the 'light' again. It nearly stopped 2 times (brakes) last time I rode it (like 1999!). The speed and forces of that thing with no brakes... such a beautiful thing.
The main reason, rumors aside, I think it had the should bars put on - was b/c of the forceful entry/exit to the loop (causing neck/face/head/back injuries). If you look at SDLooper at Hershey - it's eased up slightly, then more so with Mind Bender and Shock Wave. Of course, a re-profile is also an option (just an option, no hate please). In fact, that was one of my senior project designs... years ago.
That guy said that "paint chips fly up in your face." Interesting. I would have never thought it would do that.
^That was strange! I'm wondering if it was small wood chips/shavings or saw dust. Seems they were still working on parts of the ride when it was filmed.
For soooo long as a kid, I couldn't wait to ride Colossus/Revolution. Sadly for me, I didn't get to until 1995. All the 'bad' changed were in place.
I love old coaster videos, especially the ones made in the 70's. They cheese factor is just too funny to pass up. :)
^Me too! Plus, I'm in love with so many 'classic coasters' and the 'classic seating' and restraints (or lack of) that they have.
BTW - I read that the commercial was shot in color, but was filmed (off a tv?) in b/w. That means somewhere out there is a nice crisp clean color version...
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