It was the second ever Vekoma roller coaster and for many Belgians, their first "upside down experience".
Since it's opening at Walibi in 1979 this Vekoma Corkscrew has thrilled many many visitors. It was a copy of the first ever Vekoma coaster, which opened just a few months earlier at a German funfair...and was later moved to Holidaypark where it still operates.
Along with the Tornado, a Schwarzkopf Looping Star - named Looping Star - opened the very same season at another Belgian park, Bobbejaanland.
The Looping Star gave its final rides at the end of the 2003 season during a big nighttime event, organised by the park and fans. It was replaced by a Gerstlauer Eurofighter, which opened the next season. The Schwarzkopf itself, was carefully dismantled and has been in storage ever since.
The Tornado on the other hand was closed suddenly at the end of 2002...then reopened for a few weeks...and was closed again. Nobody knew it was going to operate in 2003. It did not.
The area was closed off in 2004 as well. Trees grew between the track, shrubs and bushes covered the station. When it's trains were used as Halloween decoration, we knew the end was near.
In 2005, the entire ride was used as the backdrop of a new Halloween walkthrough.
And only a few days ago...
Requiescat in pace, my friend.
The cleared area will be used for a Doppelmayr Mountain Glider.
( http://www.input-projekt.com/home/detail_01.html )
Makes you think about how many early loopers States-side may be going to the scrap heap in the next few years.
Wonder how much scrap money they're going to get for the metal.
Oh well... there are a lot of better coasters it could have happened to but didn't. Meh.
Look at that last picture: The track is totally deformed!
I really wonder if the Doppelmayer ride will be a good experience and if it will manage to have an acceptable capacity.
At least it works that way here in the states. My buddy used to scrap vehicles and he would always cut axles, frames, drive shafts, and rears in pieces to get a better price. I think here pieces of steel need to be 3 ft or less to get the higher price.
-SLC (662M Prototype) 2
-SLC (689M Standard) 23
-SLC (787M Extended) 2
-SLC (765M Extended with Helix) 5
-SLC (Custom) - 5TOTAL SLC'S = 37
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