It's a nice gesture, but let's face it, there was no way according to the cost mentioned in the article that ACE could afford to move it. A lot of ACE members are heavy travelers, and I can't imagine that they have a whole lot of money left after a season of traveling to event after event (or park to park).
I have slight reason to believe that ACE was probably given notice that the ride has to be down in 1-2 weeks. I don't know if a woodie like this could be dismantled in that time frame especially with the budget and manpower that ACE has.
I would think the only way it could have been done if there is plenty of experience workers, and /or a coaster manufacture, or another amusement park got involved in moving it. *** Edited 6/14/2008 7:01:39 PM UTC by Sawblade5***
How irresponsible of a roller coaster club not to be able to come up with the hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe into the millions) necessary to dissassemble, move, and reconstruct the ride. It's not like Big Dipper consists of many thousands of parts requiring carpenters, engineers, cranes and scaffolding to complete the job.
Obviously ACE must only be pretending to care about BD. The stinkers.
ACE has aproximatly 100K in the preservation fund. I don't think they use the money to directly purchace or save coasters as much as they try to convince owners to keep them or help find new owners for them.
I just copied this from the comments section related to that article;
As secretary of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), I am writing from our annual convention in Atlanta, on behalf of ACE's Executive Committee, to notify you that the president, vice president, nor any of the other 10 Committee members here are aware of being offered Geauga Lake's Big Dipper at no cost.