How to Build the Most Extreme U.S. Roller Coaster—and Win a Ride (With Video!)

Lord Gonchar's avatar
Got this month's Popular Mechanics and figured this would be of interest:

The print magazine has a full 4-page article.

At the very least head over and enter to win. :)

Mamoosh's avatar
No need for everyone to enter now that I have...I'm going to win! :)
Olsor's avatar
I just rode Fahrenheit last week. I won neck punches.

*The video's narrator sounds like she was plucked out of a freshman communications class. I can almost hear the gum-snapping in between sentences.

Canadian winners will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question as a condition of receiving the prize.

Official Rules
Canadians have to do math if the want to collect a prize?

So what is the question? What is 2+2? :)

1. POPULAR MECHANICS HERSHEYPARK ROLLER COASTER SWEEPSTAKES: How To Enter: Beginning on June 13, 2008, 12:01 AM (ET) through July 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM (ET), go to, and complete and submit the entry form pursuant to the onscreen instructions. Winner Selection: One (1) Winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received on or about August 14, 2008. Drawing will be conducted by Popular Mechanics, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. Canadian winners will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question as a condition of receiving the prize. ...blah, blah, blah.


Yes. In Canada they can't give things away, like a sweepstakes, so you have to win the prize by answering a quiz. And I believe the quiz is always pretty simple. And yeah, like what's 2+2. Isn't that weird?

Not to generalize, but Canada is so cool and forward-thinking about some things, and so backwards about others. Howard Stern always remarked that anything sexual on his broadcast show was ok to air in Canada, but mention anything even slightly on the racial side and the censors there were all over it. Kind of opposite of the way we heard the show here in the US.

Mamoosh's avatar
How do you spell Canada?


At the end of the video they say that the removal of the heartline spin on Maverick was because the forces on the dummy were to high -

Was the heartline on Maverick ever built then?
I thought it had been considered inappropriate before it was even screwed into place---

airtime for everyone
Yes, Maverick was actually built and tested with the heartline roll installed. There is a video of it testing with the inversion on YouTube.
Fred didn't like it.
If I won, I could drive to the Harrisburg airport, we could fly around for about 15 minutes then land again. That would serve HERCO a lot of money. :)

Then again, my first won ride didn't quite work out as planned.

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