Our coasters have always been about not pushing the limits. To us this is not about being the fastest or having the tallest lift hill. It's about creating sensations of flight that are enjoyable. I cannot speak for all our competition.
Rumor has it that Mantis rolled back in 1997 during morning testing. Also, I believe Raptor rolled back that year as well due to high winds. I know it rolled back the first Wednesday it was open in 1994. I was there that day. =:^)
Red Garter Rob brings up a great point from an earlier thread that werent we just discussing the fact that they should do something extreme to bring the coaster community to its knees to compete with the higher faster community. They enjoy doing what they are doing and it now shows they dont have to be flashy to be the best and imho they are the best at things they do entertaining everyone. Because we all know that people dont get on the TTD's of this world, they seem to be more oriented to having everyone ride their coasters.
I believe what when he was refering to rides stopping when they are not supposed too, he's not refering to rollbacks. Rollbacks are part of the beast.
In reguards to this,
Bolliger wants people to get off SheiKra with smiles on their faces. Passengers on wooden coasters have a different feeling when they get off, he said. ``They feel brave that they survived, but never want to go on the ride again.''
Obviously he's been on SOB. ;) *** Edited 4/25/2005 9:09:03 AM UTC by Red Garter Rob***
From the second linked article, "In its short life, the company has built 59 roller coasters, helping pioneer such concepts as an inverted and multiple- loop roller coasters. In the small, competitive roller coaster world dominated by five major manufacturers, B&M has became one of the giants."
Since when was B&M a pioneer of multiple-loop coasters? Wasn't Arrow pioneering multiple loops with their mega looping coasters long before B&M?
Maybe they're referring to the different inversions that B&M designed. They pioneered a new wave of multiple looping coasters.
Up until B&M the vast majority of looping coasters just had loops and corkscrews. The mega loopers had batwings and there were a few other inversions out there as well (SFStL Ninja's sidewinder and heartline roll of the Ultratwisters). But it wasn't until B&M came along that we've got all the wonderful inversions that exist today.
On a different note, anybody else confused about the statement that Intamin is from Liechtenstein?
Mike - I've been to Vaduz, have you?
*** Edited 4/25/2005 6:35:25 PM UTC by Incidentalist***