Its a Chance Turbo. They haven't been built since the 70's. Conneaut Lake Park got one in 1998, but couldn't get parts to set it up. I think it came from Old Indiana. they traded it to a ride broker in Allentown.
Don't quote me, but I believe they are 'outlawed' as in State Inspectors really wouldn't inspect it if one showed up at a fair in 12-14 states. The Turbo truly is a ride from the past, that was good, but too intense for the public, and therefore had a short life span.
I do not recognize the ride in the background of the first photo. The ride in the foreground is a Radar. The photo is the same one the Flat Store has for the Chance Radar. According to another web site the Chance Radar was introduced before the Chance Turbo. The ride in the second picture is an Eyerly 16 car Octupus. I think these were less common than the 8 car model. The Eyerly Spider came later and has curved sweeps rather than straight sweeps. It usually has six sweeps with two cars per sweep. Oregon Rides now makes these rides. *** Edited 4/10/2005 3:24:03 AM UTC by Tom Keener***
The ride in the background of the first photo is NOT an Octopus. The tubs are all wrong. It also appears that all the tubs are at the same height, which NEVER happens on an Octopus. Also, I've never seen a 'Pus with that big of a center decoration.
As noted, the Coasterimage.com image shows a Scrambler and a 16-tub Octopus. The Octopus has two or three different styles of sweep, and the end of the arm has two different variations, one for the 8-tub version, one for the 16-tub version.
Also as noted, the Flat Joint photo is a Twister. But I don't think the first photo shows a Twister either.
Tom, I can only think of one Octopus that doesn't have 8 sweeps, and that would be the Spidopus at Enchanted Village: 6 sweeps, 12 tubs, but the sweeps are straight as on an Octopus, not curved as on a Spider. I think there are two 5-arm Monsters, though.
Actually that trabant is at Conneat Lake. The building in the background in Hotel Conneaut and the building to the right of the ride is the old fire station/Lakeland Museum/what is it now? No apartment complex but Conneaut is a weird sort of place with amusement rides located along streets and sometimes intermixed with houses.
Regarding Spiders and Octopi, why is it that the Octopus is anatomically correct but the spider is not with only 6 arms (I won't even ask about the "spidopus and other weird variations)?
The ride behind the Radar to me looks like a Twister combined with a Paratrooper. It appears to have a hydrolic arm underneith where it will pick up and tilt and the seats would spin. It looks like a Chance Product.
A modern version of this ride would be a "Touch Down"