Posted Monday, November 25, 2002 4:21 AM | Contributed by Karl DeAngelo
The 2002 San Diego Fair and L.A. County Fair boasted a large number of rides normally not seen in Southern California. Highlighted in the photos and video are many of these rare-for-SoCal rides, too numerous to list. Wallpapers in all sizes are also available for the more dramatic photos.
Link: Twisted Rails
Art, Art, Art, everyone wants it, some need it, most don't want to pay for it.
I've found that Huss Frisbees are still fun even before the last few intense swings. The basic swinging motion and spinning is very enjoyable, but the KMG Afterburner was frankly very dissapointing until those final swings. KMG's doesn't spin very much all in all or very quickly, which is the biggest difference between the two rides. I'm pretty sure that a better program could be developed so it acts more like a Frisbee, but as it is now it's dissapointing. The restraint lowering on the Afterburner is something to behold. They mean it when they tell you to lean back, as when they drop the restraints they pretty much literally drop them. Blink and you'll miss it!
Experience however is amazing and tons of fun.
Re-Mix (aside from questionable safety) didn't go as fast and wasn't as good as the classic Orbiter.
Now, when will one of these companies buy a Mondial Space Roller and bring along with them?
I'm kind of confused now! Do American Afterburners run on a programm? I hope you're not talking about a fair Afterburner..
My experiences with a KMG Afterburner are rather good, but that really depends on the operator. I think that the owner of Extreme Machine gives a rather good ride, even though his employee can do it a little more intense. Let's just hope he doesn't read this.
To give you an impression of how Extreme Machine is operated, below's the link to a promo-movie I made for the Extreme Machine. I know it's not that great, but it will certainly illustrate the way European's use their Afterburners!
http://frank.drnk.net/coastin *** This post was edited by DRNK on 11/26/2002. ***
Great video, I enjoyed it as I rode a lot of those machines at the Minnesota State Fair.
KMG Extreme (Afterburner) - If they ran the same program as at MN, the ride took a lot of time buidling up speed and height then gave maybe 2-3 swings at full tilt before slowing back down. I beleive the KMG website says their rides can be equipped with fully automatic programs, or run in manual mode. I much prefered the ride I got in 2001 at the Ohio State Fair on Fireball, a KMG Afterburner operated by a different showman.
KMG eXperience - Now THIS is one sick, twisted and demented ride. I was able to ride this after finding a carney who was willing to give the OTSR a LOT of persuassion to lock. Words can't do it justice, you have to watch the video to see what this fiendish creation does.
Wisdom Storm - the modern, and much improved version of the old Tempest. Easier to load, safer loading platform, more consistency, and a spin-ride-a-holic-s dream come true.
Crazy Mouse - My these seem to showing up at all the larger fairs this year. Its an excellent ride, a little tub inbalance can really improve the spinney-goodness of your ride.
Hard Rock - never seen one in person.
Spin Out - Rode this one at Morey's Pier. It's a weird ride, but I think I like the Mondial Space Roller (Top Scan) better.
Why can't more fairs have working Caterpillar rides, just don't have your arm in the wrong place when the canopy comes over you on that one they showed in the video.
The french themed Ferris Wheel, is that the big wheel that used to be in Paris? (As seen on The Amazing Race 1 - Episode 3)
Re-Mix - Rode this one at the Ohio State Fair. I wonder did the fair in the video happen before or after the Big Accident(tm). I seem to prefer the Orbiter myself.
Megadrop - Gee, it appeared to work perfectly for you in the video, we got several 'observation-tower-service-mode' speed rides on it in MN. Kinda funky when you go down the tower even slower than you went up.
Regarding carney ride tolerance - I do beleive your either born with it or you aren't. A trick that seems to work for me is to stare at a fixed reference point if things get too wild, of course on some of the newer rides (like eXperience) I challenge you to find a good fixed reference point to stare at. Oh, and save the Pronto Pup till after the ride session.
Yes, the Re-Mix footage was taken before the accident in Ohio. I think it was late May or early June when the San Diego Fair was held.
As for the Caterpillar, when the ride made it to the L.A. Fair (same show company) it no longer had the canopy. Hopefully it'll be back next year as it really adds a lot to that ride.
See THE ULTIMATE in Orlando TR'S! Right now in the TR fourm!
Where does the CA State fair happen, and did they get any rides not featured in this video? Karl and I made the trip down to the San Diego fair specifically because rides were there that haven't yet come to the LA fair.
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