Since in my other topics I saw I think all steel. Let's dedicate one to wooden coasters. Which one is most influential ever?
I would have to say The Raven. Not only did this coaster really set off CCIs amazing career, it did something else huge. This coaster proved that money wasn't where a popular coaster was at. Height, length , and speed didn't matter anymore. It was how the coaster all came together that counted. Too bad I haven't ridden this baby yet, in two years I should get the chance to grace this classic.
BTW, try to pick one coaster, don't say, anything made by CCI(although I wanted to say that myself!).
Not to sound like a broken record, but the Coney Island Cyclone takes the cake. It is the most famous coaster on this planet, and it almost single-handedly saved the rest of Coney Island, along with many other coasters from destruction by keeping interest alive.
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The Rocket at Playland in San Antonio, Texas for one reason. It's the first woodie to be rescued from a defunct park. Before the Rocket was moved no one ever attempted to relocate a woodie. Look at some of the great rides that were saved from the wrecking ball once Knoebels proved it could be done. Wild One at SFA, Skyliner at Lakemont Park, Comet at Great Escape about a dozen more are slipping my mind at the moment. All these would have met the same fate as the CI Thunderbolt if it wasn't for the Rocket sitting abandoned in Texas.
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Even though the ride today is far from anything spectacular, I have to say the PKI Racer. When it was installed in 1972, this coaster single-handedly rejuvinated interest in wooden coasters.
The 40's 50's and 60's were pretty mediocre years in terms of roller coasters. Only the occasional Comet, Mister Twister, or Thunderbolt were built. Coasters, it seemed, were entertainments of the past. Particularly in the early 70's, it looked like wooden roller coasters (since the invention of tubular steel track) were dying. The opening of Kings Island and the Racer changed that, rejuvinating national interest in amusement parks and wooden coasters.
Just look at all the Racer copies that were built later in the decade (Rebel Yell, Rolling Thunder, and even to some degree, the American Eagle) and the slew of John Allen out-and backs that were built in the 70's. What these rides did was prove that wooden coasters have a special quality that steel just can't match, and wooden coasters continued to prosper even through the advent of the inversion in steel coasters.
Even though it doesn't look like much today, the Racer was a big deal when it was built in 72, and because of it, we can enjoy our CCI's today. Without the Racer, wooden coasters just may have faded into becoming a thing of the past. -------------
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I don't think SoB is going to spawn a bunch of hyper-woodies with inversions. It got too mixed of reviews - with wooden coasters the world has been shown time and time again that BIGGER is certainly not BETTER.