Coaster Companies = Car Companies?

Thursday, May 30, 2002 9:31 AM
Being the resident CB car geek, I got to thinking the other day about parallels between the coaster biz and my own, beloved automobile industry. I came up with a sort of comparison between the coaster builders and who they're like in the auto world.

B&M = Toyota/Lexus
Both are known for sterling quality and good performance and are generally held up as the benchmark by which all others are measured. However, some enthusiasts think that in their engineering precision, a little bit of "soul" is missing.

Intamin = Honda
The current darlings in their respective fields. Lately it seems that they can do no wrong. Both make a wide variety of products (Intamin with steel and wood, Honda with cars, motorcycles, generators, etc.).

Arrow = GM (Cadillac)
In the past, each was the respective ruler of its domain in terms of technological prowess. However, in the past decade, both have fallen from grace to become nearly also-rans. Each trying to make a comeback with a radically new idea (Arrow and X, Cadillac and stealth-fighter styling).

Togo = Mazda
Small Japanese manufacturers that made their mark in the U.S. with an interesting, but not widely accepted bit of technology (Togo with Ultra-Twister, Mazda with the rotary engine).

CCI = Hummer
Both focus on one thing and one thing only, and succeed in their old-school, straightforward approach.


Thoughts/comments???

Later,
EV
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:13 AM
I don't know, B&M is more of a BEEMER than a Toyota. They always provide a smooth, comfotable ride in seats comfortable to sleep in, except the standups, but they are still smooth rides..

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Veck
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:26 AM
I'd have to agree with CRVeck in that BEEMERS are pricey like B&Ms.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:40 AM
I would compare intamin more to dodge than honda. Dodge's motto is Dodge/Different, and plus they have to top of the line cars. Intamin has nothing but, top of the line coasters, IMO.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:44 AM

I wouldn't call CCI old-school at all. Between popularizing steel structure construction and creating a coaster car that does short-radius curves (LoCoSuMo), I'd say they're real innovators.

Now if more parks would just buy their damn rides!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:47 AM

I think B&M relates more to a Mercedes than a BMW. BMW has always been more performance oriented, while Mercedes concentrates more on luxory and ride quality.

And BTW, its 'Bimmer', not 'Beemer'.

-Jeff

http://americacoasters.com

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:48 AM

I like the Arrow/GM comparison. Riding Magnum reminds me of driving a LeSabre. Functional, but nothing exciting.

The Intamin/Honda comparison is pretty bogus. Intamin's products aren't overpriced and under-warrantied. I would compare Intamin to Saab or Volvo-innovative, strong engineering, a little different ;)

B&M is not Toyota/Lexus, for sure. I liken them to Mercedes-smooth, powerful, but not forceful. BMW's are too aggressive, too edgy to be like B&Ms. Driving my sister's 330ci is a little scary, honestly.

I might compare Setpoint to Hyundai. A new company that has some exciting products at some very affordable prices.

CCI is similar to a specialty car company like Jaguar in its pre-Ford days. Limited production, but with excellent results.

The Togo/Mazda comparison is dead on. Unfortunately, Togo didn't have Ford to help them out.

If only I could find a coaster that reminds me of a Subaru Impreza WRX!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:50 AM

Mark - Yes! We need Rally Racing: The Ride!

-Jeff (who will be getting a WRX within the next 10 months)

http://americacoasters.com

*** This post was edited by xbombman on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:52 AM
Alas, the wife put her foot down about a WRX...so I bought a fully loaded Santa Fe instead. That'll teach her. ;)

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 1:57 PM
Vekoma= Dodge Neon, cheap and doable

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Roller Coasters or sports? I guess there are questions nobody can answer!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:07 PM

Deja Vu = Pinto

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:32 PM

xbombman said:

And BTW, its 'Bimmer', not 'Beemer'.

-Jeff

http://americacoasters.com


I meant Beemer as in BMW not B&M, but if you think about it B&M does have to do with performance, so it is like a mix.

and Zero G, Deja Vu is almost like the old fake FORD acroynom, Fixed Or Repaired Daily.

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Veck
http://pumpingrct.topcities.com/

*** This post was edited by CRVeck on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:37 PM
He meant "bimmer" as far as BMW, too. Only people that don't own them call them beemers.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:39 PM
Ok. thanks, I'm a dodge and Chevy guy my self, so i have only heard Beemer

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Veck
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:45 PM
B&M coastesr are like Rolls Royce and Land Rover. They don't look very fast or intense but they are a hell of a lot of fun and excitment. Plus their Hyper coasters are like "how the hell am I'm I going to get up there?!?" Let not forget smooth, fast and......cough.........cough their price!
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 2:47 PM
Rolls Royce is a good analagy, Smooth, fast, custom made, and EXPENSIVE.

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Veck
http://pumpingrct.topcities.com/

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 5:09 PM

CRVeck said:

xbombman said:

And BTW, its 'Bimmer', not 'Beemer'.

-Jeff

http://americacoasters.com



I meant Beemer as in BMW not B&M, but if you think about it B&M does have to do with performance, so it is like a mix.

and Zero G, Deja Vu is almost like the old fake FORD acroynom, Fixed Or Repaired Daily.

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Veck
http://pumpingrct.topcities.com/

*** This post was edited by CRVeck on 5/30/2002. ***



No no, the even more apt ford acronym. *family friendly Fleebullfluffer* Only Runs Downhill.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 5:30 PM
B&M is like Mercedes to me. Expensive and high quality. Intamin is like BMW, very exciting and cool looking. Pretty expensive, but not as much as B&M or Mercedes.
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 6:03 PM

that is s good one SFGA2001

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Veck
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 6:05 PM
LOL Zero-G! This topic is great. Trying to match my Celica with something.....hmmm. It is capable of great airtime, handles curves extremely well, has nice acceleration, and only lap restraints. I suppose that's comparable to a Schwarzkopf! :) Vroooom!.
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