Looking for info on a "Tempest" ride

Monday, August 12, 2002 2:50 PM

I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's going to travelling carnivals all the time (we had no amusement park where I grew up) One ride that I remember from them was called the Tempest. It was similiar to a scrambler, but had 2 rotating arms with two round gondolas attached to each arm. It gave the same ride movement and feeling of a scrambler, but the arms were slightly tilted and the round gondolas held (guessing)10-12 people each.

I have been searching to find the manufaturer of this ride or if any are still functioning. I have so far not found anything. Does anyone remember this ride or have any information on it? Thanks in advance for whatever you can provide.

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wof fan

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Monday, August 12, 2002 2:55 PM

www.usedrides.com

They usually have one or two for sale...maybe!

timmyk31

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Monday, August 12, 2002 5:07 PM
No info 'fraid, but have seen rides called tempest on site above, but they weren't the same ride I remember... I seem to recall the seats being like schoolchairs to...ring bells?

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www.ukrides.info

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Monday, August 12, 2002 6:17 PM

I know what your talking about. I have only seen one in my entire life, sometime back in the ninties. Some models have Umbrellas on top of the round Barrels.

They must be very rare.

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"The fish are eating the guest, sir"

*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 on 8/12/2002. ***

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:48 PM
The Tempest that used to run at Americana is now at Cincinnati's Coney Island. There are still several in carnivals.

I believe they were built by Watkins... but I may be mistaken.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 10:54 PM
Conneaut Lake also has one now. It is indeed Watkins (not sure what else they have done).
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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 5:54 AM

The only other ride I can think of by Watkins was the Rampage, a bizarre take on the Chance SkyWheel. I believe the Tempest also came in a model called the Hustler, which was themed to resemble balls used on a pool table.

ray p.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 6:06 AM
Built by Grover Watkins, and I think High-Lite Rides now offers a version. There is a stand-up version called the Scat...basically the tubs are mini Round-Up tubs...but I've seen a few Tempest rides. Coney Island (OH) has one, Nolan Amusements has one, and yes, used ones are floating around all the time.

I'm sure I have a photo around here someplace...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 6:09 AM
The Coney Island site has a pict of one, scroll down a little ways.

http://www.coneyislandpark.com/attract/default.asp

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 6:56 AM

May I suggest asking about this on this board here?

This site is where lots of showfolk, fans, and modelers interested in carnival rides congregate. A little slow in postback times since it is the middle of fair season, but I'm 100% sure you'll find the answer to your question there.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 7:12 AM
The Tempest at Coney Island holds seven people per car for a total of 28 people per ride. The Tempest at Coney has had many problems this year (chains breaking and parts breaking) but it hasn`t seen much down time lately. I`ve operated Coney`s Tempest many times but never rode it. I guess I`ve seen too many people walk off about ready to have a protien spill.

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Coney Island (Cincinnati) ride operator

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 3:53 PM
Thank you everyone for your help with this, I really appreciate it.

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wof fan

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