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...
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.
Coaster Xtreme: It's 40. At the end of the show it said that Guinness counted Colossus as 2 coasters (forward & backward). ------------- "We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say eckyeckyeckyeckypakungloopoingengzourjin." "Ni"
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.
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. ***
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.