GRP knew it was going to be 39 coasters

Thursday, May 31, 2001 3:49 PM
In watching the "30 Roller coasters in 24 hours" show the other day, I noticed a couple of things that lead me to believe that team GRP already knew they would get the 39 coaster record.
a)- (If you taped it) David Escalante, when getting in the van at Santa Cruz beach, says "OK, We've got 36 more to do...

b)- When reading the list of coasters in the beggining, they say that they are riding the Ninja, Superman the Escape, and Viper. They were instructed to ride the Canyon Blaster and revolution, and THEN decided to ride the others.

I dont have anything against the show or the team, but i just needed to get this out. Perhaps the did know it, but 30 instead of 39 was better to market. Also, they may have been allowed to ride the others even if time ran out...
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 3:51 PM
I agree totally. Has anyone beaten them yet?

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 3:52 PM
Good Point only God knows.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 4:07 PM
Well, there's no reason to call the show "39 Coasters in 24 Hours?" since there was a chance they wouldn't get all 39. Besides, the point was to break the record, period. Why set yourself up for a possible letdown?

What I want to know is whether or not the people who did 29 had the Discovery Channel with them, had exit ramp passes, or had the consent of the parks.

The whole thing, as a friend of put it, left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Matt Lynch
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 4:44 PM
If this was done on the East Coast it would be easy to break the new record of 40.

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 5:11 PM
Matt Lynch.

Why did it put a bad taste in your mouth?
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 5:45 PM
It's possible now for anyone that can drive to beat the record of 39 (not 40).

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:07 PM
Not necesarily... The parks made special arrangments for them, such as allowing them to ride while the park was closed to the public, and allowing them to bypass the long lines.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:09 PM
Well like I said, I would have booed them too.

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:11 PM
Coaster Xtreme: It's 40. At the end of the show it said that Guinness counted Colossus as 2 coasters (forward & backward).
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:13 PM
Guiness counts racing coasters that have 2 separate tracks as individual coasters. Which I think its fair because alot of the coasters like that are completely different experiences.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 7:39 PM
I'm not going to bash the group. There's been way too much of that happen already. This is all my opinion, and I don't want to get into an argument about it for that simple reason.

But, to respond to your question, it left a bad taste in my mouth for a few reasons, one of which being that they went to a bunch of small parks and rode a bunch of small coasters.

If I had the money, I'd buy a big ol' patch of land and fill it with a bunch of kiddie coasters... and get myself into the record books!


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Matt Lynch
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 7:42 PM
I would not bash the group, it's only one train that they occupied, that's like a one minute delay which is well worth saying you were there when they broke the record.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:20 PM
Who cares if you were there when they broke the record?? Certainly not me. For me to have to wait while someone who is not handicap gets a special privilage in order to assist them in breaking a record is not important. They should have to wait in line like everyone else.

I also agree about the kiddie coasters. That was ridiculous. To break the record you should have to do it without any special privilage or assistance and any coasters that are under 50 ft high (most kiddie coasters) should not count.

I also disagree about Colossus. Maybe if each side had a different layout you could technically call it two coasters. But it does not. It is one coaster IMO.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:56 PM
Which one in that group was David Escalante? I just want to put a face behind the man who seems to have an attitude problem according to many people.

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 9:02 PM
I also would have booed them!

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 9:38 PM
Remember people these shows are about coaster enthusiasts but they're not strictly directed at coaster enthusiasts. I think they're shot well (certainly better than some of the America's Best series) and it's free with your cable. Stop complaining. Who cares if they showed Hypersonic. It's not exactly the same as the prototype. I haven't heard anyone complain yet that MF was featured in two of the shows. *** This post was edited by Intamin Fan on 6/1/2001. ***
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Friday, June 1, 2001 5:00 AM
Here is the "team:"
http://www.davidcurley.com/grp/meetteam.html

I saw Escalante at Stark Raven Mad. TV really does make you look taller.

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Friday, June 1, 2001 7:09 AM
From what I have heard about David Escalante is that he has alot of pull in that area where they made the attempt. He has alot of connections with ACE and that was made apparent in the special, and he works on the maintenence staff at 6 Flags MM. Why do you think they ended there? He knew that he could celebrate there, and not have an unruly crowd to ruin their fun. Its all political. Who you know. What connections you have to pull off an attempt like that. Getting Discovery channel to make a special on it is enough for all the parks to go along with it. Free publicity never hurt any park.
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Friday, June 1, 2001 7:42 AM
Connections? He's ACE's PR Director, so yeah, I'd say he has a few connections.

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