GCI & Lightning Racer

Wednesday, December 12, 2001 1:21 PM
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When I look at Lightning Racer(my favorite,) Roar, Wildcat, and Gwazi(haven't ridden) they never cease to amaze me for the level of detail that GCI put into their coasters. Lightning Racer's Station is a perfect example. They are just as fun to look at and watch run as they are to ride. They are truly works of art. I still think Lightning Racer should be counted as 2 separate coasters intertwined. Their rides are completely different.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 1:46 PM
GCI does make some WAY fun rides, and they are as aesthetically pleasing as any coasters around.  I've only ridden Roar and Gwazi, but LR is "on the list".  They pack an awful lot of coaster in a relatively small space.  Certainly, having an enthusiast as a designer (Boodley) doesn't hurt.  They'd get much more recognition if CCI wasn't everywhere making great coasters...GCI deserves a ton of credit.  BTW, since I haven't ridden Roar West or LR, are the seats in the trains really that confining?  I've heard they're pretty snug, but I'm not that big so it wouldn't bother me anyway.  The train coupling design is an innovation on the order of John Miller...high praise from me! 
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 2:12 PM
CF, after riding LR multiple times (about 20 times easily), I would say I still can't tell the difference between the two tracks.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 2:47 PM
gator - The trains on LR are great. They are really comfortable, and track superbly. I think that the problem some people find with them is that the bars are a bit heavy, and tend to drop down a notch or two during the ride, but I wouldn't describe them as confining at all. The visual effect of watching all that twisted track through the "grill" on the front car is really cool. :)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 4:13 PM
Chris, you took the words right out of my mouth. When I ride Roar West I have to hold the lapbar up or else it staples me.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 2:04 AM
LR is my favorite woodie now.  I just had the chance to ride it last year and thought it was superb.  By far the best ride in the park.  The trains are the best on any woodie.  Big and comfortable for a big guy like me.  There needs to be more of these GCI's built.  Anybody know when and where we will see another?
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 5:07 AM
Lightning Racer is the single best "$#!+$ and giggles" coaster I've ever ridden, not to mention one of the most visually stunning. However, I do pretty much despise the lapbars. They WILL staple you during the ride. But even that is not enough to keep it from my #2 woodie ranking. Oh and after about 20 or so rides myself, I cant tell the difference between the sides either.

HINT: For the best ride, holla at da backseat; Wicked air on the first drop!
jeremy
--who has ridden all the GCIs save ROAR-West

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 6:48 AM
The track going up to the lifts is pretty different.  The turnaround by the lift and the turnaround near the end are different.  On the turnaround by the lift, one track does the crisscross type turnaround, while the other track does a fan turn type turnaround.  At the last turnaround, its vice versa. 
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