NPR Story: Man creates roller coaster in back yard

Saturday, July 10, 2004 5:14 PM
I was listening to NPR today after hearing a bit yesterday about a man who created a roller coaster in his backyard/corn field in Indiana. Who wouldn't want to attempt an inversion in a van's bucket seat. I think the best part of the story had to be that the man's reason for all of this was that he loved roller coasters; he just hated waiting in the lines. Funny too is that the actual speed of the roller coaster was determined by the police who came out with a radar gun.

I would really suggest listening to the whole story as well as checking out the pics.

Here's the link to the story http://www.nextbigthing.org

BTW, I checked and "Blue Flash" is NOT listed on RCDB. *** Edited 7/10/2004 9:16:11 PM UTC by ltlbat***

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Saturday, July 10, 2004 5:22 PM
He built that a few years ago!
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 5:22 PM
this is old. i forget when i read about this, but i remember someone posting it eithier last year or the year before.
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 6:34 PM
Yeah, old news. Ask around, you'll find people who've even stopped by and ridden it.
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 6:49 PM
I just wonder how many people interested in the coaster have stopped by his home since he built it. I guess it's been about 2 or 3 years now?

-Tina

*** Edited 7/10/2004 10:50:23 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Saturday, July 10, 2004 7:57 PM
From what I understand, he's supposedly a pretty cool guy about it. If you contact him in advance and set up a meeting, he'll give you a look and a ride.
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 8:20 PM
Ask CoasterFreak! He has been there!
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 8:29 PM
Are you talking about me? If not, I have been there! :)
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 9:28 PM
Very cool! I remember seeing this way back...but always neat to see again...and better yet, it's in my home-state, I should go down there sometime.

Does anyone remember the site of that one guy who built a wooden coaster in his back yard? There were photos and videos on it...

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Saturday, July 10, 2004 10:44 PM
Paul Drabek has a whole spread on the coaster at www.negative-g.com.

He's aparently very cool about people wanting to ride, There is a weight limit however.

Chuck, who suggest you make arrangments before dropping in.

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Sunday, July 11, 2004 12:38 AM

Glitch01 said:
Very cool! I remember seeing this way back...but always neat to see again...and better yet, it's in my home-state, I should go down there sometime.

Does anyone remember the site of that one guy who built a wooden coaster in his back yard? There were photos and videos on it...


His name is Jeremy Reid, Heres the link:http://www.jeremyreid.com/. They are both works of art and It must be great to be able to invest in something like that. The wooden one seems to be a bit more tricky to build with all of the treating of the wood and such. either way they did a great job on them! *** Edited 7/11/2004 4:49:40 AM UTC by P18***

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Sunday, July 11, 2004 1:16 PM
Awesome! Thank you P18...that thing is amazing.
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 1:31 PM
I heard about that AWHILE ago. I saw it on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 1:46 PM

Does anyone remember the site of that one guy who built a wooden coaster in his back yard? There were photos and videos on it...His name is Jeremy Reid, Heres the link:http://www.jeremyreid.com/.

Now, how did that one get by me! That is so cool! That second hill looks like major ejector air! And a double-dip and fan turn to beat all.

This guy did an awesome job!

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Sunday, July 11, 2004 3:01 PM
Your welcome, and yeah I agree it does look to give some major air on the second hill with all of that speed, as well as some lats on the fan turn. I wonder how "smooth" it is (or they are), can you tell by the pics/vid? *** Edited 7/11/2004 7:01:44 PM UTC by P18***
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 6:16 PM
Did he ever finish the second coaster?
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:57 PM
I don't think so, but I hope he has started to build it.
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 8:56 PM
I swear, these two coasters have started a ton of topics on coasterbuzz.
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 10:12 PM
Really? I haven't seen "a ton" of topics. Actually, I haven't really seen any!
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 10:18 PM
Does DragonKahn post here?
He visited this guy and also took the oportunity to take a couple of pictures of the cars that will be running on the second coaster he's going to build. They actually almost looks like real rolling stocks. Aparently the second coaster will be easier to asemble and will be up for sale.
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