Did I miss something? Shockwave at SFGAm.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:18 PM
Did SF announce/decide to junk Shockwave @SFGAm? When did this happen? I find it hard to believe that either they couldn't sell it, or find a home for it in the SF chain somewhere. I mean, sell it for next to nothing... It would bring in more money than selling it as scrap! Not to mention it could be repainted and installed as a new coaster at SFKK, SFEG, SFAW, SFFT, SFMW, just to name a few that I don't think have Arrow loopers... What a waste.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:30 PM
Drachen Fire 2.0? That sucks.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:32 PM
I don't think SF ever *officially announced* that SW was indeed scrap metal, but word DID seem to filter down..."heard it thru the grapevine" kind of thing. A real shame if you ask me, it was taken dwn and stored with SUCH great care...the twin in Jersey was an even worse ride, IMO, and probably should have been the one to go...

Better run now, my friends from "The Garden State" are grabbing their pitchforks...;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:37 PM
Bill I think you're wrong, SW gave me a bigger headache than GASM. :)
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:47 PM
Yep, just checked.... According to RCDB, Shockwave was scrapped this past fall... Another one bites the dust...
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 3:52 PM
Nope, you guys are all wrong. Only Shock was scrapped. As rumored in 2003, Wave will be making an appearance at a sister park.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 4:01 PM
Mike, in comparison to YOUR version of the Arrow megalooper, both of the others are POSs...;)

bill, would take Shock over Wave ANY day...:)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 5:20 PM
Wasn't The Whizzer the coaster that was originally going to go? The public outcry made Six Flags decide to scrap Shockwave instead.

Those big old Arrows take up alot of land. That was probably one of the factors too.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 5:26 PM
There is a fairly convincing *conspiracy theory* that SFGAm never intended to take out Whizzer...is that fact or fiction, heck if I know...
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 5:37 PM
Never rode Shockwave at GreatAm (breaks my heart...yeah right). I am glad they decided to remove it INSTEAD of the Whizzer, which ROCKS!


Tuesday, November 23, 2004 7:50 PM
Yeah, Shockwave has now become scrapmetal to a scrapyard in Zion (east of Gurnee).

The track was cut down to smaller pieces on site and removed.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:03 PM
Has anyone ever tried to figure out if Superman's "footprint" would have actually fit in the space available where Whizzer is located?

I'm among those that thinks it was part of the plan all along to take out Shockwave, not Whizzer.

Not sure I should have even brought this up (again) but I couldn't help myself!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:32 PM
im with Brad G.....doesnt make sense to change plans all of a sudden like that...and yes, i know Shockwave had that accident, though not sure of the details...

anyway, it is sad to see it go. although i have too much of a sweet spot for Arrows, lol!!

Tim....who chides in once more how much he hates BGW for removing his beloved Drachen Fire, the greatest Arrow looper of all time :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:41 PM
Repainting Shockwave wouldn't have made that enormous footprint any smaller. Nor would it have made it smoother.

The fact that Six Flags ended up scrapping a 14-year-old ride speaks to the quality of Shockwave. Busch Gardens scrapped Drachen Fire in about half that time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:44 PM
Busch Gardens had a lot of issues with that coaster from day one from what i understand....and they are VERY concerned about their reputation. while i was upset to see it go, i wasnt suprised either. actually, im surprised it sat there for over two years not running. but...ces't la vie
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 9:01 PM
I doubt very much that The Whizzer was ever going anywhere. I think that was a marketing stunt.

For CoasterBuzzCon Stephanie and I were driven around the perimeter of the park with one of their marketing guys. Shockwave was absolutely everywhere. And yeah, it seemed to have been well taken care of in its dismantling.

I had a chance to ride it. No big loss.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 9:33 PM
I doubt very much that The Whizzer was ever going anywhere. I think that was a marketing stunt.

I agree with ya there, Jeff. They got a lot of PR out of that!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:16 PM
Shockwave was ok for maybe one ride while at the park. It was really crowded most mornings and in the afternoons was a huge walk-on. I actually got sick one time from riding it all afternoon and had to go out to the car and lay down from having a very bad headache.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:54 PM
Sadly, I liked Shockwave, and miss it:(. Oh well, hopefully I'll get to do Gasm next year. Not exactly the same, but atleast I can try and relive the magic:).
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:59 PM
B&M designed Superman: Ultimate Flight to debut in Whizzer's footprint in 2002. Because Deja Vu was open for a paltry number of operating days in 2001, Six Flags Great America decided that they would not build a new coaster for 2002.

This is what has been said, and after examining the evidence below, I believe it.

Even if all of this is true, Six Flags still may have pulled a stunt if they decided to remove Shockwave prior to late July 2002. However, keep in mind that a Shockwave car lost an axle (without any publicity outside of enthusiast boards) in early August 2002 just before Whizzer was announced to be spared.

http://www.imagelink.org/id17075.jpg *** Edited 11/24/2004 5:00:01 AM UTC by LaMarcus*** *** Edited 11/24/2004 5:01:40 AM UTC by LaMarcus***


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