Keansburg's Wildcat will be restored for fair circuit

Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 12:45 PM | Contributed by Jeff

With as much as $500,000 worth of damage, the Wildcat roller coaster ride came to an end in Keansburg as workers dismantled the last steel section. While the Wildcat may be down, it is not done. The roller coaster, which made its debut at the Keansburg Amusement Park in 1984, will be restored by Jay Deggeler Attractions, a Stuart, Fla., carnival company that dismantled it and plans to restore it.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 2:55 PM
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Their replacement for the Wildcat will be the Looping Star from Beech Bend and the Amusements of America Circuit.

Last edited by john peck, Saturday, March 23, 2013 2:56 PM
Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:36 PM

Nice to hear Wildcat isn't just being scraped, but is it even worth $500,000?

Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:42 PM
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That amount did seem a little high to me, even if it was in good shape.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 9:57 PM

I passed on Looping Star at Beech Bend due to one train op and a line a mile long. I didn't know til now that it was originally Big A's ride, and if that's the case I've been on it many times. Now, where's my list?
I'd take an old Wildcat over that crappy looper any day. Deggeler's win, Keansburg's loss. Except half a mil seems high to me too...

Last edited by RCMAC, Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:55 PM
Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:00 PM
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I would bet that most of that damage is computer and motor damage since it was under 5 feet of saltwater and sand. It's crazy of how much ride repairs cost.

Too bad Cedar Point decided to scrap theirs, it would have been good for parts, but you can't hold onto stuff forever.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:54 PM

Is that really a good idea? I feel like turning a ride already broken into a crappy traveling carnival ride may not be the best idea.. but maybe that's just me...

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 2:07 AM

There's a Wildcat touring in Germany as Die Wilden 50er. It does pretty well.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 1:53 AM
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I was at Sauble beach last summer. From the looks of it, I don't think the coaster ever even opperated there.

PS - That's a horrendous replacement for a Widcat. It will be interesting to see if the public enjoys it

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Monday, March 25, 2013 1:57 AM

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Monday, March 25, 2013 6:16 AM

^Horrendous replacement indeed. It would be like trading your unique and extremely popular with everyone coaster for a Vekoma Boomerang or something...


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