while browsing the dragon khan topic i came across an idea. In your opinion what are so some of the most notorious coasters ever built. by Notorious i mean like cystal beach cyclone or the son of beast. wood or steel just name some and why.
Steel Phantom at Kennywood. This was the second hypercoaster built (following Magnum XL-200) and was a recordbreaker regarding speed and drop length. Unfortunately, it was also a notorious head banger. Riders were even instructed to remove earrings before they rode.
KW finally responded by removing the loops in favor of other elements and replacing the Arrow over the head horsecollar restraints with individual lapbars. The result was Phantom's Revenge which has received a much better response from riders.
Steel Phantom had a 160 foot height but a 225 foot maximum drop because of the terrain that it was built on. The drop was increased to 230 feet when it was modified into Phantom's Revenge. *** Edited 7/18/2006 6:23:17 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
I can only think of one... and that is the Crystal Beach Cyclone.
As for the the others that have been mentioned... SOB, Steel Phantom (and to a lesser extent Hercules), MAY currently be "notorious"... but only time will tell if they reach the same status of the Cyclone... both "Notorious" and "Legendary".
If people are still riding coasters 60 or 70 years from now, will those coasters still be talked about as the 1920's era CBCyclone is talked about today? *** Edited 7/18/2006 7:47:00 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
The Williams Grove Cyclone! I don't know how many times that thing popped into conversations about other coasters. I wouldn't it consider it notorious for anything record breaking, maybe for most pieces of track used to make a single 180 degree turn, crooked, sagging lifthill, duct taped lap bars, reprofiled hill near the end that I still can't figure out how 2, 3 bench PTC's could make it over, and the fact that it survived after someone backed a truck into it and knocked part of it over, and snow collapsed part of it one time too.
Other then that I don't see why it should have a notorious tag: The Notorious Williams Grove Cyclone, or at least an ACE landmark plaque!