Did SoB start the trend?

Friday, June 29, 2001 8:38 AM
Does anyone else think that SoB started the trend of looping coaster with lapbars? I mean wasn't it the first big one?

You can't run and you can't hide...The Beast at PKI
Friday, June 29, 2001 8:53 AM
Not the first one, on Schwarzkopf models, it was the norm. They featured a more traditional lap bar vs the belly bar on SOB. What SOB did do however was produce a new type of bar that can be used on multi inversion rides, and has been proven on FOF. So SOB may have resurrected the lap bar on loopers, and definitely paved the way for lap bars on other inversions.
Friday, June 29, 2001 10:21 AM
SOB lapbars most certainly paved the way for FoF's lap bars, because they are almost identical!

Friday, June 29, 2001 11:00 AM
What do you expect, Craig, it's the same manufacturer! :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Friday, June 29, 2001 11:36 AM
yeah, up until Arrow started making loopers, in the late 70's no Shwarzkopf coasters had OTSR's. They started putting them in later, like on the Revolution at SFMM(which ruined the ride). Hopefully they will start taking them out again on rides that they are unnecessary or too rough.

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