I'm assuming that is German - from the size of the fair and rides, and the insane cycle that thing runs. WHY CAN'T I BE GERMAN! Our country is so damn wussy about flat rides and ride cycles in general. Anyone who has ever seen video of an operator-controlled Top Spin with fountains can understand the pure evil that they exhibit. But it's GOOD evil (/evilface).
There was one at PNE in Vancouver back in 2003 for the "fair." It's not a standard flat there, but was available for about 30 days in late Aug/early Sep that year. Corey (rollocoast), and I rode it, and it knocked his socks off.... it just made me sick. I wouldn't ride it again, but I don't spin well.... ;)
Thanks for confirming my thoughts nasai. I was gonna say "I'm sure I rode one of those at PNE!" It was near the swings and Coaster toward the front of the park, right? It didn't make me sick at all, it was one of my favorite flats EVER (although The Revolution takes the cake, which is always at PNE) and the light show is pretty sick. :)
I've been one one of those I think, they're ok I guess. You do get a little dizzy but not much. However I don't think anything can beat the intensity of an Huss Booster or Breakdance, those are the true powermachines, when they're operated by a maniac of course...
Too sad that it came out at the wrong time and never became the big seller it should have been.
Actually I don´t think it is so intense because you don´t have any laterals at all. The seating arrangenment is a stroke of genious and the ride experience equals the best LSD trip you could dream of (I think).
Huss sholuld build a coaster with those Booster cars.
Whereas the Speedflip looks like it has everything I don´t like (laterals and hangtime on a small radius) in abundance.
^Yep. I got to ride a Breakdance at a fair in Germany a few weeks ago. That thing knocked my socks off. Probably one of the most intense rides I've ever been on (and a very long cycle too!).
The top spin at the fair had a 5 minute cycle time and 13 inversions. Personally, I didn't think the program or the way the person was running it was that great (lots of times upside down with the platform locked upside down, just rotating as opposed to actual flips). Even so, that was a pretty wacky top spin program. It had water effects too!
Thank you for correcting me about the non-german-ness of that fair. I'm just used to seeing stuff like that at German Fairs.
I believe there was a site like amusementrides.de or something a while back that had a huge collection of German Fair rides that looked absolutely SICK! They had a video of a manually operated Top Spin where he did a run of about 10 flips with the arms IN PLACE (well... just jiggling back and forth really) and then locked the car upside down on the top one.... dropping the car into the fountains and holding it there upside down while laughing through the loud speaker at the now screaming guests!
That and a ride called "Flying Circus" took the cake as the most terrifying rides I have ever witnissed. I'll try to find this site.
Check out the Flying Circus and both Top Spin videos. The Flying Circus just doesn't look possible! The thing must be a massive maintenence nightmare. *** Edited 5/14/2005 1:46:42 PM UTC by RollrCoastrCrazy***
I've been on something like that before at the Whiting, Indiana 4th of July carnival. It had the seats like that, but instead of the sets of seats all raising up like that, they were attached to a single arm that went up 30' or so, tilted the seats sideways, and then spun. Same effect, but not as fast of a cycle, and much higher off the ground. This looks much funner though!
And that flying circus video in the link posted above is just plain SICK! I WANT ONE!