Posted Friday, August 10, 2001 4:44 AM | Contributed by ToddConstantine
Inspired by last year's record of riding 40 coasters in 24 hours, a team of four PA men destroyed that record by riding 75 coasters in the same amount of time. The riders used helicopters and other vehicles to get around, all in the name of raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.
I did not feel that the GRP record was that big of a deal. I felt the filming was overly dramatic and that 40 coasters in 24 hours would be an easy record to break. Of course you needed the cooperation of all parks involved as well as the weather.
IMO 75 coasters in 24 hours IS a a BIG DEAL and they raised a lot of money for charity to boot. I predict this record will be much tougher to break. A big round of applause to the 4 enthusiasts.
So they used helicopters, big deal. That's not an unfair advantage, if someone else wants to also rent a helicopter to break that record nothing's stopping them. The means of transportation between parks is a trivial issue that has little bearing on what they did, rode x number of coasters in 24 hours. The fact that this group broke the record with more than just self-promotion in mind seems a lot more admirable than the first group.
Come on, quit bashing the GRP group. What they did was quite an accomplishment. Keep to land and I don't see it being easy to break. But that's the point. GRP used only land travel, kept speeds within the law, etc. Yesterday's record is also noteworthy. But it was with an entirely different set of circumstances. Air travel was included, also within the law, etc. The events had different agendas from the beginning. You really can't pit one against the other. Most of us here would have jumped at the chance to participate in either event. "40 if by land, 75 if by air" Now, how many by sea?
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Fierce Pancake wrote: The fact that this group broke the record with more than just self-promotion in mind seems a lot more admirable than the first group.
Exactly! To me actually setting the record was secondary, this was a charity undertaking.
The fact that they used helicopters is incidental. The point is they rode more roller coasters in a 24 hour period than anyone else had. Guinness requires that no laws (such as speed limits) be broken in the process, and as far as I can tell they succeeded in that as well. Now, it's still not clear to me this group actually did all the documenting that Guinness requires.
Heck, GRP "cheated" as much as this new group did, getting cooperation of the parks and exit privileges. Does that mean we need ANOTHER record category -- "most rides ridden while actually waiting in lines?" I think not...
PM, did you ever hear of the phrase too much information (tmi)? Are you going to call his mother now? Mr. Escalante is the media representative for Ace. Until he gets replaced, you're going to see a lot of him.
Thank you BMC, I feel that they cheated, if people are allowed to set records like that it is a little bull. GRP used cars and traveld from one end of CA to the other. But they had freaking helicopters. Any 2 year old monkey could set the world record for most roller coasters ridden if you used a plane or helicopter. GRP are the real achievers, going to Paramonts Great America, to Six Flags Marine World, and then to Six Flags Magic Mountain. From six flags marine world to magic mountain is like a 7 hour drive, not going over the speed limit, AND NOT USING HELICOPTERS.In a Helicopter that seven hour drive is reduced to less than a 2 hour flight. How about they break a world record the right way, not cheatign with helicopters.
GRP could have used a helicopter but they did not it was their Decision. ------------- True of all great coasters of the past and present, and future it's a ride you'll remember for the rest of your lifeand probably will want to ride again.
If you have the money, you could do whatever you want. They didn't cheat. GRP could've done the same thing if they had the money. ------------- Dude,Dude, Dude, Dude, Dude, Dude.....Dude. I've guess you've got a point there.
Ok, I think that those four people should of drove like team GRP did. A helicopter is pushing it. The helicopter helped those people because the helicopter can go faster and doesn't have to deal with traffic.
But it's for a good cause.
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I bet David Escalante is rolling over in his grave!
...oh wait, he's not dead.
Actually if you remember the show that featured the GRP team doing it, the official way to get a record is to do it without breaking any laws. The group who just did 75 in 24 hours broke no laws, they were just lucky enough to have a helicopter donated to them for use in breaking the record.
I'm glad they crushed the record. The GRP team was doing it for ego - they got it telelvised!
These guys from PA were out to help the CMN and figured this would be a good, fun way to do it and set a record. Did anyone see more than a ten second blurb about it on the news? Probably not, that wasn't the point of this one.
Bottom line, glad to see the bar raised. Who will break 75 in 24?
*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar on 8/10/2001. ***
They did it for charity., that is the good thing, but they cheated with using a helicopter. breaking the record with only vans while doing the charity would have been the best idea. But I guess they weren't smart enough to try that. Hey it would have been possible.
Also, if you watch the GRP they didn't do it for charity and at SFMW they got booed. I mean BOOED. These people could have done it for charity so other people would be nice to them. My point is how do you know it was an actual charity. They could have just said it. Did any of you guys donate money?!