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.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2004 8:30 AM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar 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.

~Rob Willi

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 8:45 AM
YES YES, YES, its about time that we get it, An Oblivian type coaster. Why did it take so long. this is by far the coolest coaster going! And In the State! YES!
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:04 AM
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??
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:07 AM
dude....why isnt BGW getting anything??? instead we lose two coasters in five years....amazing

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:15 AM
Because the Busch family decided to punish you, personally.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:36 AM
Maybe he'll take a banana on it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:38 AM
Tim, don't forget the mysterious giant building. Have patience, young Grasshopper.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:43 AM
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...
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:49 AM
rollergator's avatar 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...:)

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:52 AM
Well I just hope it's more thatn just the drop and turn. I really want a something else like a loop or corkscrew. There has to be more options now the ride has been around for what 4-5 years.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 10:13 AM
Sorry rollergator its all Jeff on this one, wish I could take credit but it all goes to him.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 10:57 AM
Hi all,

Yes!!! Good ole BGT. Not that I needed any more incentive to visit that park, but that'll do nicely! :-)

BTW not sure about the Mercedes Benz analogy, wouldn't BMW be more apt? "ultimate thrill machine", anyone? ;-)


Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:09 AM
PS. If B&M build the Mercedes Benzs of roller coasters, who build the Ladas? :-)

PPS Isn't it Claude and Walter, not Walter and Walter?

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:15 AM
john peck's avatar The Mercedes of coasters???? But Mercedes, like BMW, are pieces of crap and break down all the time.... Perhaps he meant to say Lexus, Acura or Infiniti.... those are much nicer.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:25 AM
Mamoosh's avatar 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?
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:34 AM
rollergator's avatar Nah....I'll celebrate NOW, thanks...:)

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)...;)

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:35 AM
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?
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:49 AM
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."

Good for the Diving Machine....... New toy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 11:49 AM
matt.'s avatar 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. ;)

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