While my girlfriend and I were at a car show at the KY Fairgrounds (which is near Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom), we noticed some recently painted green coaster track lying on the ground near Chang in the back of the park near a fence which borders one of the parking lots used by the fairgrounds. This track does not correspond to any coasters already in the park as far as we can tell. It looks like a Schwarzkopf coaster of some kind, similar to the Greezed Lightning coaster we already have, but it is not that coaster as it is still there fully assembled.
I am extremely curious as to what this track could be. I do not think that SFKK is getting anything new, so maybe it is something they are simply storing here for a while before transporting it to another park. But it is very interesting. I took some photos if anyone would like to see the track and perhaps try to decide what it is from. You can see the photos here:
It is obvious that some of this coaster was recently painted green and that part of it at least used to be blue. You can see some of the blue in the photos. Any ideas what this is and why it is sitting at SFKK like that? *** Edited 1/30/2006 3:04:44 AM UTC by Mikewhy*** *** Edited 1/30/2006 3:12:36 AM UTC by Mikewhy***
Actually, it looks like the Greezed Lightnin' track from Astroworld, which did indeed used to be blue. But why is it at SFKK, which already has a fully functioning Greezed Lightnin'? And why are they painting it the same color as the greezed Lightnin' at Kentucky Kingdom? Hmmm.... *** Edited 1/30/2006 3:25:04 AM UTC by Mikewhy***
Upon closer inspection, the blue parts look brighter than the blue that was Astroworld's Greezed Lightnin' It looks more like the one from Six Flags Marine World that was taken apart there in 2002/03 and has been in storage ever since. You can see photos of that here:
Well...that is DEFINITELY a Schwarzkpopf. You can tell by the loop support structure and by the fin brakes are mounted for fins on the side of the track, like that which can be found on Montezooma's Revenge.
If it is SFAW's Greezed Lightning it makes sense that it will be used to spare parts for SFKK's shuttle. Or, perhaps it is SFAW's Viper at it's new home?
Hmmm, very odd indeed. Some parts do look freshly painted (like in the first two pics), but some parts seem like they've gone a few seasons out in the weather (like in the fourth and fifth pics). Part of me wants to say that it always was that bright green color, and they are just repainting it for where ever it is going to go. My guess is that it was never that blue color (seen in the sixth pic), but that blue color was the color of the supports. It all seems to indicate that this is/was Greezed Lightning from PGA (the one that was in storage at SFMW). And the brakes on the PGA/SFMW ride were completly green, and if not repainted would look as they do in these pics from SFKK. Looking at these pics of the ride when it was at PGA, I'd say the odds of the ride at SFKK being that one are pretty high.
If it is indeed PGA's Greased Lightnin' from SFMW. It would be strange that both Marriott's Great America Tidal Wave's have ended up in the same place. But it would make sense to use it for spare parts.
Would be nice if it was SFAW's Viper though :). *** Edited 1/30/2006 5:02:34 AM UTC by CoasterDude316***
I can see bringing it for the breaks or the launch mechanism or any other moving parts, but why bring so much of the track as well? I mean there are clearly loops parts and hill parts there as well. Would they really need to replace entire parts of the ride already? And how would these parts be any better? Weren't the two original coasters (before they were moved to their current location) built at the same time? So the parts should be equally as old as each other and should so similar ware... or one would think...