Can we help VEKOMA?

Tuesday, November 13, 2001 2:41 PM
It's hard for me to believe VEKOMA is now bankrupt...

This organization has given us so many wonderful and innovative creations that we get so much pleasure from!

I wonder, is there anything we can do to help them out? Like when the viewers brought STAR TREK back from the dead when it got cancelled? I know that sounds naive, but stranger things HAVE happened.

Also: Has anyone besides VEKOMA made a "flying" coaster? I hear there are three of them...all Vekoma?

Color me sad....

~Tocci

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 2:43 PM
B&M is making Air. When it is complete in early march there will be 4. 3 Vekoma, and 1 B&M.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 2:55 PM
I thought i heard about vekoma going bankrupt a long time ago. Their rides are pretty sweet. :(  
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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 2:57 PM

. said:
B&M is making Air. When it is complete in early march there will be 4. 3 Vekoma, and 1 B&M.

Plus the old Skytrack flying coaster in Europe (is it SBNO?), the new Zamperla Flying coasters, and Hoei Sangyu's flyer(s).


Tocci55 said:
It's hard for me to believe VEKOMA is now bankrupt...

They're not.  They only filed for bankruptcy protection.
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*** This post was edited by Peabody on 11/13/2001. ***

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 3:00 PM

They're not.  They only filed for bankruptcy protection.
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Thanks Peabody!

That's really good to hear.

Does anyone have any good URL's to get information on those other flyers?

~Tocci

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 3:45 PM
Tocci:

The world's first flying coaster.  It came well before Stealth was built! (1997/1998)http://www.coasterclub.org/en/fd/41/gs-skytrak.shtml

Zamperla's new flyer.  (It has a spiral lift hill like the old Schwarzkopf coasters, like Whizzer for example.) http://www.coasterclub.org/en/photos/PinfariZamperla-May2001/img_9.shtml

Hoei Sangyu's flyer: http://www.coastergallery.com/japan/FH01.html

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 3:50 PM
Cool!

That's some pretty experimental looking stuff!

Too bad about BirdMen.

Thanks!

~Tocci

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 3:52 PM
Every concept has to start somewhere.  Look at what happened to the sitdown looper after corkscrew/revolution.  I can't wait to see the flying coaster in a few years (especially after B&M has a go at it!).
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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 3:55 PM
THANK YOU!!!!

That's exactly what I would say to someone who thinks they are dull and on their way out!

I think they will firmly establish themselves as a category of their own.

> Wooden

> Steel

> Suspended

> Inverted

> Flying (or Prone as the British say)

~Tocci

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 4:09 PM
ANYWAY....... Vekoma are fine.

Another company took over their debt, and Vekoma are back in business.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 4:11 PM

john peck said:
ANYWAY....... Vekoma are fine.
Another company took over their debt, and Vekoma are back in business.

Good news ends the day for once.
Thanks. I feel better now.
~Tocci

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 7:13 PM

B&M is making Air



Where and when??/

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 8:06 PM
They are back in business, but I wouldn't categorize the company as "fine".  They cut at least 60 people from their workforce (down from over 200 to 140) and have scrapped all R&D projects, other than tweaking existing products.  It looks like they will continue to sell what they already have (SLCs, Invertigos, etc.), but with the maintainence problems with the Flying Dutchman and Super Invertigos, I think they will have real problems selling much of anything in the US for a few years. 

If they are successful selling and maintaining some products in Europe, like the Hammerhead stall, and build up their reputation for a few years, I think the US companies would come back to them eventually.

Of course, there has been a rumor floating around that Six Flags is suing Vekoma, which may be why they had to file for bankruptcy in the first place.  I'm sure Six Flags didn't pay them for the Deja Vu coasters since they didn't open when promised, which destroyed Vekoma's cash flow.

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