Oh, the irony of it all...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 12:53 PM
ShiveringTim's avatar From today's Rollback...

8/24/2001 - Amusement ride manufacturer Vekoma files for bankruptcy reorganization in the Netherlands.


8/24/2001 - Press day for Deja Vu, the first of the Vekoma Super Inverted Boomerang coasters, at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Need I say more? :)


Scott - Proud Member of The Out-Of-Town Coaster Weirdos
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 1:05 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar LOL! No kidding!

-Tina

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 2:00 PM
Oh my... that's too funny!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 2:11 PM
That's awesome...I would have never noticed...thanks!
Real Cbuzz quote of the day - "The classes i take in collage are so mor adcanced then u could imagen. Dont talk about my emglihs" - Adamforce
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 2:47 PM
And here's the best part, we can thank Six Flags for putting them into bankruptcy. After all the problems they had with Batwing/X-Flight and the GIB's, they wouldn't pay for any of it! You probably won't see another Vekoma product installed at a Six Flags anytime soon (and it's a shame as I love the Madhouse).
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 2:52 PM
Wow...they took out Vekoma, Arrow Dynamics, were involved in the CCI thing....what's next! :)
Real Cbuzz quote of the day - "The classes i take in collage are so mor adcanced then u could imagen. Dont talk about my emglihs" - Adamforce
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:03 PM
FScottS's avatar Hey, there's the big shiny new ride installation going on at SFGAdv. Maybe SF thinks that Intamin is next in line for destruction! =) I'm kidding! **added for the people on here that don't understand smiley faces...lighten up folks!** =)

*** Edited 8/24/2004 7:31:47 PM UTC by FScottS*** *** Edited 8/24/2004 7:32:17 PM UTC by FScottS***

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:14 PM
Oh, so now Six Flags is to blame for companies making bad business decisions and a horrible economy? Got it!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:18 PM
SFoGswim's avatar So what's going to happen to the Deja Vus?
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:19 PM
rollergator's avatar Well, Six Flags can, and does, pressure companies to sell rides at lower prices, since they have considerable leverage as the largest BUYER in the market for rides. I wouldn't say it's SF's *fault* that those companies went under, but they certainly played their part...consider that X was *designed* to go about 120' tall, would that have made a difference in its performance...my instinct tells me it would have, but I could be wrong.

SF, as THE primary purchaser of rides, is still in an enviable position, and while they don't DICTATE the terms of their contracts, they definitely have a larger say than a mom-and-pop who might be looking for ONE new ride every five years or so...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:28 PM
Bill,

Your parents get rides every five years!?? Party at your parent's house!!!!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 4:05 PM
Mamoosh's avatar I'll bring the beer & pancakes!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 6:28 PM
Of course my famous chocolate martinis will make an appearance, too. ;)

What I love most about this topic though is that, IMO, this really is a good example of irony, and not just coincidence. See usage note here: http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entries/43/i0234300.html for the clearest definition of irony I've seen.


"Want to be upside down, maybe thrown from side to side" - The New Pornographers, The Fake Headlines

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:38 PM
nasai's avatar OOOO.... Look at the big brain on Dawn! ;)

The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 9:14 PM

Peabody said:
Wow...they took out Vekoma, Arrow Dynamics, were involved in the CCI thing....what's next! :)

hahaa, thats so true. After X was built, bye-bye Arrow,lol.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:11 PM
Next will be Intamin.
2005 Villain Laps: 72 2005 Geagua Lake Visits: 33 2004 Geauga Lake Visits: 29
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:17 PM
I think if Intamin goes down it will be from both Six Flags and Cedar Fair ::cough::ttd::cough. However I do not think Intamin would go under like Vekoma and Arrow.
^^post above^^
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:29 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I can say that Dawn's chocolate martini's are just.......heavenly.......8-)

Beer and pancakes Moosh? Hmmm.........sounds totally gross but I have actually been there/done that. Ugh.

-Tina

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 12:14 AM
I say that Dawns Chocolate martinis are deadly. One taste and I knew I had to stay away or there would be some silly shenanigans by a 39 year old.

Brian, meet you at Gators house, I want to see what they have collected every 5 years myself.

As for causing companies into chapter 7 or 11, they put themselves into that position, they agree to contracts, they always have the ability to opt out or agree or negotiate better terms. I am wondering if the legal team at SF is better than the financial team, if it is, get them into the CFOs office. Thats why contracts are made.

Ed


An Old Coaster fart that refuses to grow old, I just wish many of my friends could have as well!

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 6:53 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I am curious as well, Ed. May have to stop by to see the "coaster room" that Bill constantly talks about the next time I am down that way. :-)

-Tina

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