Saturday, January 24, 2004 8:17 PM
I've never seen this page on their site before, http://www.thegravitygroup.com/experience.html
Apparently, they've been consulting with KBF, IB, and HW, and an unnamed park since 2002. Glad to know Ghostrider is being looked after.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:57 AM
There are a lot of CCI wooden coasters out there... who better to look after them than the people who originally designed them?
Sunday, January 25, 2004 10:49 AM
O yeah definately! This is also very smart because it also means that parks are likely to go to them to build their next wood coaster!
Sunday, January 25, 2004 2:36 PM
Well, you know what they say. Once you get your foot in the door.........
Sunday, January 25, 2004 2:38 PM
You mean GhostRider runs like THAT even though they've been "looking after it?" I don't think that's a good thing.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:01 PM
Parker, Ghostrider was rough in 2000 when I was there. A lot rougher than Villain ever was in my opinion. I know that both coasters have great layouts, but boy was that coaster at Knotts rough compared to other CCI's I've ridden (except Boss). I'm not so sure that I would place the entire blame on this team for that one.
*cough* corporate park *cough*
Wood - anything else is an imitation
Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:18 PM
Man you guys are wimps. Wood coasters are suppose to be rough and out of control. Knott's got exactly what they asked for.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:28 PM
I didn't think Ghostrider was that rough at all, with the exception of the bottom of the first drop. It shook around a bit, but it wasn't brutal. Villain was rougher than Ghostrider, but that's because of those darn trains.
But that's just me.
On-topic, The Gravity Group does tons of stuff! They don't have it listed there, but they've been doing work on Raging Wolf Bobs at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. They've been retracking it, putting more support up, and unbanking some turns. I rode it over the summer and the second half of the ride is as smooth as glass. The first half shakes you up, but the second half is so crazy retracked, the sound of the ride changes!
If they can do that well a job, I can't wait to see the other stuff they work on.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 5:07 PM
I'm not wimpy or hefty!!! ;) I like a rough coaster. There is good rough and bad rough, and trust me I know the difference. GhostRider was not a bad rough at all. Villain is not really a bad rough either. SOB and Mean Streak.....well...
Sunday, January 25, 2004 9:55 PM
I think Mean Streak is a good rough, but GhostRider can sometimes be a bad rough. The only reason I don't care for Mean Streak too much is that it's fairly uneventful. Also, as with any wooden coaster, they have good and bad days. I've caught GhostRiders on a BAD day.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 10:18 PM
I think the unnamed park is Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, they did a number last winter with RWB!!
Sunday, January 25, 2004 10:31 PM
I agree that the second half of RWBs is smooth, but other than that, there isn't much going on. The first half and those trains are enough to make anyone cry mercy.
Another coaster that could use some retracking is Shivering Timbers, no there is some jackhammering. But, even with it, its still an awesome ride.
I can't wait to see some Gravity Group coasters, too bad Big Chief's is too far.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 10:44 PM
They are retracking the first half of RWB right now... they weren't going to just leave it rough...
Sunday, January 25, 2004 11:19 PM
Actually Shuan, they are working on the Dipper right now. Wolf Kabobs hasn't been touched yet. It's still in a deep snow covered sleep. There are stacks of lumber sitting in the preferred parking lot on the Wild Life side ready to be used for the coaster. They just haven't started yet.
Wood - anything else is an imitation