Busch Tampa plans new coaster, Paul Ruben declares B&M the Mercedez-Benz of the industry
Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2004 8:13 AM | Contributed by supermandl
The St. Petersburg Times, citing unnamed sources, says that Busch Gardens Tampa is building a B&M dive machine.
Lending great credibility to the story is Paul Ruben, who is said to edit a magazine no one has ever seen. Ruben says that Bolliger & Mabillard "build the Mercedes-Benz of coasters." No word yet on if Ruben has named the mystery ride the most intense coaster he's ever been on.
I actually thought this was going to be an ARN&R article. Anyways, it's great that North America will be seeing its first Dive Machine. Hopefully Paul Rueben will declare this ride as the best thing since sliced bread soon though.
Im proud of Busch Gardens for taking a chace like this. Its reason enough to get me down there and from the sound of it, its gonna be a big coaster. The tallest in Fla.. I wonder if their gonna leave the whole drop uncovered or are they gonna cover it??
Is it just me, or do people generally consider Superman: The Escape to not be an actual roller coaster? What are everyone's thoughts on this? I personally would think that TTD would have made a much better example in the article...
supermandl added enough of "The Onion" to this news story to make it SOUND like an article from ARN&R...but apparently the dive machine IS the real deal, and I couldn't be happier (unless it was an S:RoS, LOL...;).
I guess the much-ballyhooed scaling-back of Busch expenditures has come to an end...not exactly a Mercedes, but the Beemas don't come cheap. I thought the Katonga show was our big expenditure, but we get a *virtually brakeless* mouse AND a dive machine. The coaster gods are smiling on FL...:)
Just curious...how many of you who are happy it's a diving coaster have actually ridden one? Given the two already operating and their short lengths and "one-trick pony" status you might be in for a BIG disappointment. Then again, maybe not. Perhaps the majority of the celebrating should be saved for the official announcement and stats?
S:UF is a "one-trick pony", and I like that just fine....
At the VERY worst, we end up with another "big-name" coaster to bleed off the patrons from Montu, Kumba, and Scorpion...but if it has the *rumored* additional elements (read: inversions), then I'll be more than happy with that, too...
P.S. Walter and CLAUDE (yes, it IS Claude Mabillard) build the Beemas (or Benzes), Sandor builds the Maseratis...(or Ducatis, if you're like boblo)...;)
I agree with you Moosh, that a diving machine does not look like anything special, other than the holding brake on the hill. It is a one trick pony and unless B&M has come up with new elements for this coaster, then I'll skip it. And, then there's the rumor of the Addams Family coaster possiblility for one of the Paramount Parks. I hope PKI does not waste their next coaster choice on one of these unless B&M has taught that pony a new trick. You can keep 'em. I don't agree that Mercedes are pieces of crap. My great aunt owns one and has not had very many problems other than the cosmetic damage that she has done. I don't see that they break down all the time. Can you offer proof of this, peck?
I think that Paul Ruben does not have creativity when declaring that Bolliger & Mabillard "build the Mercedes-Benz of coasters."
The first person that told it was John Wardley, when he declares that Bolliger & Mabillard "build the Ferrari of coasters." He did it on a Discovery Chanel program broadcasted on 1997 called "Terror Technicians."
Mercedes and BMW's, while expensive, tend to not have the best track records when it comes to needed repairs and such. A publication such as Consumer Reports is a pretty good place to start. Not that I still wouldn't mind owning one. ;)