Oh, the irony of it all...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 12:53 PM
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? :)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 1:05 PM
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!
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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! :)
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:03 PM
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
So what's going to happen to the Deja Vus?
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 3:19 PM
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
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.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:38 PM
OOOO.... Look at the big brain on Dawn! ;)
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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.
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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.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:29 PM
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

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 6:53 AM
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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