Giovanola portable ride

Sunday, November 16, 2003 12:07 PM
Ok, Does anyone know the exact name of that travelling inverted coaster by Giovanola? I tried looking up some pictures but that name shows no results on searches on Coasterbuzz or RCDB. Does anyone know the exact name, or even better, have pictures of this ride? Thanks
Sunday, November 16, 2003 12:14 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2003 12:20 PM
If I'm not mistaken you're referring to "Eurostar", the portable inverted coaster that travels fairs in Germany.
It's a Stengel-designed, Giovanola-built ride with lots of other people contributing - an engineering marvel!
However, when I had the honor of riding it last autumn, it felt more like a car crash than anything.
Either the construction wasn't done carefully enough in the installation I witnessed, or the ride has aging problems - the track joints obviously didn't fit together the way they should to provide a good ride.
I shame for an otherwise splendid coaster!

Sunday, November 16, 2003 2:46 PM
Thanks very much :)
Sunday, November 16, 2003 9:08 PM
Actually, Eurostar is Intamin built, not Giovanola. Giovanola uses 2 across-seating so that the trains can go through more intense elements. This is Intamin's only Inverted coaster. (the track, though, was manufactured by Giovanola, the ride itself is Intamin designed.) *** Edited 11/17/2003 2:09:48 AM UTC by Rctycoon2k***
Sunday, November 16, 2003 9:17 PM
No, Intamin has made other Inverteds. V:TBC comes to mind, as do Impulses. They also made Tornado at Parque de Atracciones and Tornado at Sarkanniemi Amusement Park. They can be found here. *** Edited 11/17/2003 2:18:30 AM UTC by The_Lost_Phantom***
Monday, November 17, 2003 6:29 AM
Hi Rctycoon2k
Superman and The Lost Phantom are right.
Eurostar is a Stengel design and is built by Giovanola and many other european providers. Parts of the cars come from the Netherlands and so on. When the ride opened is was widely considered to be of italian origin, which was due to the very italian sounding manufacturer. "Giovanola".
You might know that Switzerland has areas where the population speaks italian, german and as well french (Claude Mabillard is actually speaking french, his german has a heavy accent)
There are existing blueprints of Eurostar which show the Giovanola label, they used to float through the net when this Intamin/G-tec question was at its height.

Intamin are often credited for rides they didn´t build. They used to be ride brokers in the seventies and everything that appeared under their name was actually built by Giovanola (the 1st gen. freefalls, Looping Starships, etc) or by Schwarzkopf and later by italian companies (the coasters). The early Stand-Ups (Shockwave) and Flashback were also co-produced by Giovanola and Intamin. Some woodies from the seventies (American Eagle at SFGA) are credited to Intamin, but are infact collaborations with RCCA.
It wasn´t until the mid-nineties since "real" Intamin coasters appeared. It didn´t take long for them to gain world domination, didn´t it?! *** Edited 11/17/2003 11:29:53 AM UTC by tricktrack***

Monday, November 17, 2003 10:32 AM
World domination? That's a matter of opinion.

About Eurostar: for those who have ridden it, would riding defensively help endure the roughness? I've enjoyed several "rough headbangers" by preparing for a rough ride and bracing for impact, in fact, SFMM's Viper (which I used to consider unrideable) is now one of my favorites.

Monday, November 17, 2003 11:29 AM

Soggy said:
World domination? That's a matter of opinion.

giggle, I was just referring to the strong sales of all kinds of rides they are negotiating throughout the world, even in the current slow economy.

It was a fantastic ride when it openend. But its overall problem nowadays is a constant strong vibration throughot the ride. Its more like a unnerving jarring and sliding. You feel every track-jolt (and there are many!) in your whole body. I guess that the wide track gauge, the big distance of torso to track and the constant mobility of this mess of track and supports is taking its toll on the structure.

Defensive riding may be a problem when the whole car and seat vibrates.

Keep in mind that the people who erect and dismantle the coaster nearly every week (sometimes it shows up at fairs that last no more than FOUR DAYS!)don´t wear silk gloves to work. They tend to use SLEDGEHAMMERS.

I have not ridden ES for two years now, because if I want to ride a bad inverter I have enough SLCs to chose from. Give me Olympia Looping everyday! The wear and tear didn´t effect this coaster (15th season coming up) in the least. So its clearly not the material that´s causing the problems.


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