Posted Thursday, June 22, 2006 9:36 AM | Contributed by supermandl
The Zippin Pippin, the most prominent and historic ride at Libertyland, sold for $2,500 today at public auction. The historic roller coaster, reportedly Elvis Presley's favorite ride, had been in operation since 1923. It was among an estimated 100 items Mid-South Fair officials put up for auction Wednesday as they prepare to close the park and sell off the assets to recoup losses.
Read more from Memphis Business Journal.
Amazing. I am just glad to hear it was saved! I love the Pippin!
I just wonder who bought it and where it will go.
-Tina*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 6/22/2006 9:54:14 AM ***
Kamikazi? Which ride was that?
Sounds like the owner is hoping a coaster enthusiast group or individual will step forward. Speaking of which, I need to check my lotto ticket...
You'll have Zippin Pippin sightings everywhere... Vegas, the backyard at Graceland, any place you can imagine. And you can bet Elvis will be riding it every time.
OK fine, The coaster could run with another car or one less is suppose. But I sure hope they contact the Presley family and see if they have any interest. For all thats know, they might not even have known about the aution.
Graceland is a foundation dedicated to preseving peices of Elvis' life. It was well known that even after he became so popular, Elvis still would rent out the park to have ERT with family and friends on it. he also did the same with the local theater.
Lisa marie is known to hava wild streak about her, I don't know if she'd be willing to purchase, erect and have operated maybe 5 days a week for museum hours but she's definately got the adrenaline junkie thing going and its one of the few things she got to experience with her dad before his demise.
If ACE or someone else takes it off their hands like Tom Rebbie, Yup, we'll here its here, there or anywhere.
I hope someone somewhere rebuilds it and I hope the guys who purchased it know if they can't remove it, Im sure The fair board will charge them for the demolition which will probably cost more than pouring the footers and moving it somewhere else.
It is track worthy isn't it?
Chuck, who has a train car but it's not a roller.
Reynolds said he's open to ideas about what to do with Zippin Pippin, though he'd like to see the coaster preserved in its entirety, perhaps reopening at Dollywood or another theme park.
I think enough unfortunate children already got an unwanted credit on Michael's Zipper Pippin...
*** This post was edited by P18 6/23/2006 10:45:46 PM ***
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