Oh Yeah! Well Rebel Yell got an ACE plaque for being the coaster that got ACE started in the first place. Something about its founding members doing a marathon on Rebel Yell and when it was over they thought it would be a neat idea to start a coaster group. So take that.
By giving a plaque to Rebel Yell, ACE suggest that it is a ride important enough to the world to warrant significant mention, so consequently for the reasons it was given this honour, they are actually suggesting that they themselves are worthy of mention or are in any way significant. Are ACE full of themselves? Am I reading too much into it? I think a bit of both, but more of the first one. ;)
*** Edited 6/24/2004 2:03:11 PM UTC by auscoasterman***
I think you are definitely reading too much into it. The plaques are, more often than not, simply a way to bring attention to a ride's significance and noting it's historical significance. It's a means of bringing general awareness to a public that often thinks nothing of the great history of thrills that coasters have brough billions of people.
A plaque is not a means of ACE asserting itself as an authority, rather a means of thanking the parks that have pushed the boundries over the years.
I watched the unveiling of the plaque and got a few pictures. Here is what it reads:
ACE ROLLER COASTER LANDMARK
The American Coaster Enthusiasts recognizes Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200 as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.
It premiered on May 6, 1989, as the world's tallest and fastest complete circuit roller coaster, offering spectacular aerial views of the park and Lake Erie. Designed by Ronald Tooomer and manufactured by Arrow Dynamics of Clearfield, Utah, the 205-foot high, 5,106-foot long ride was the first large-scale tubular steel tracked coaster to simulate a traditional out-and-back wood coaster. The concept of eliminating loops and other inversions helped reach a larger audience, and the $8 million ride, with three tunnels, a pretzel-shaped turnaround and a record breaking first drop of 194 feet, 8 inches, quickly gained worldwide attention.
Magnum XL-200 has been the inspiration for more than a dozen similar rides on three continents, and is acknowledged as the first hypercoaster, a term applied to coasters exceeding 200 feet. Millions of riders have braved the 72 mph two-minute ride, making it one of the most popular attractions in Cedar Point's history and an important part of the park's eclectic collection of impressive roller coasters.
Presented during the 27th Annual Convention of the American Coaster Enthusiasts