I was pointed towards the Martin & Vleminckx website where I noticed that Villain, Wolf Bobs and Big Dipper have all been listed for sale. Not sure what to make of this, just posting for those interested.
I wonder why the style of that page is so markedly different from the site they've maintained for years. Not only does the logo seem a bit more--oh, let's say, professional--it seems a bit less generous with the exclamation points.
I never even considered the differences between the sites. Interesting observation. I guess it could be a hoax, but maybe M&V is selling these rides separate from its normal operation? Could there be a reason for a different site and a different approach altogether?
Like I said, I didn't even question the validity of the site when it was pointed out to me. It's been years since I've dropped by the actual M&V website and wouldn't remember what it looked like unless it was brought to my attention (which is was). Now that it's been proven a fake, I'm trying to figure out why someone would do something like that. What could possibly be accomplished?
...however... I wouldn't put it past M&V to act as a broker for a wood coaster sale. Didn't they already do that once or twice before, maybe with the Thunder Eagle coaster? Or am I confusing the facts?
TGG doesn't build, they design. M&V erects for a great many people.
Besides, compare the amount of detail on that page to the quick-and-dirty RCDB links on the page in question. Does that scream 'glaring inconsistency' to anyone? But then again, why dither with details when you can just ring the company principals on their cell phones?
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
I just got word that FairPlay (listed on the official M&V website and linked to by Gonch a few posts up) were contacted and are indeed handling the sale of the Geauga Lake wood coasters. Chuck Bingham of M&V confirmed it as well. The website is not a hoax.
*** Edited 11/7/2007 4:58:31 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***