Ring of Fire

Monday, April 5, 2004 9:25 PM
I was driving by a shopping center earlier tonight(Century Plaza for any Birmingham natives) and saw there was a small fair being set up there. I saw a kiddie ride(one of those busses that rocks around and whatnot), a dual swinging ship type ride with no floor, and a ring of fire. Now I have never been on a Ring of Fire, but to me it looked like a total death trap. Can anyone tell me if these things are actually safe or not.

From the slightly modified words of my favorite band of all time, AC/DC, "For those about to ride...I Salute You. Alright that was the corniest quote ever.

Monday, April 5, 2004 9:36 PM
I've ridden a Ring of Fire, but most recently I've ridden the newer version with the horsecollars. If you're referring to the older version that has closed cages, then I hear your concerns. I rode one of those as a little child , and it scared the crap out of me. They're both made by Larsen Rides. Perhaps a search will bring something up. Otherwise, it's most likely safe to ride.
Monday, April 5, 2004 10:08 PM
Write your Will before you go! Leave me something nice! :>)
Monday, April 5, 2004 11:39 PM
No, they're not safe at all, infact,its the most dangerous ride out there, and many people die.

okay, sarcasm off. Actually, the cage and the lap bar hold you in quite good, but a friend of mine rode once and they let her on 2 inches 2 short to ride and we watched as she almost fell out. But no, the ride is designed to be safe, its the operators that did that, so yes, i'd say generally safe they are:)

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 2:54 AM
I think apart from Larsen those rides are as well produced by Chance and Vekoma.
Tuesday, April 6, 2004 10:51 PM
I'd have to say next to Delirium and Lake Winnie's Fly-O-Planes That Ring Of Fires are right up there as my favorite flats.

And I'm talking about the kind with the mega headache inducing hangtime, claustrophbic cages, and big poofy lapbars. The ones with Horsecollars are so, bleh.

I do seem to recall that most of the accidents on this things are derailings, but I could easily be wrong.

Se Busca-Juan Carlos Twilley

Thursday, April 8, 2004 6:27 PM
Just saw one set up at the Cool Springs Galleria here in Nashville too. I've ridden one a long time ago and it was fun, although now there's no way I would get on one of these. I've sworn off all portable carnival rides.
Thursday, April 8, 2004 6:34 PM
bah. I thought this post was about currys.
Thursday, April 8, 2004 7:45 PM
Larson rides now introduced the Cyclotron, which looks like a 4d ring of fire.
Thursday, April 8, 2004 10:39 PM
I've ridden one with horsecollars before. I had an overweight kid sitting next to me with a big leg. I couldn't get the seatbelt to connect between my legs because his was pushing mine.

The ride op never checked to see if we were secure and the ride started. Just as it started, I got it in. I almost died practically at a stupid state fair.

After that, I'm not too particular on going to fairs.

Friday, April 9, 2004 6:09 PM
The most recent death I've heard about on a Ring of Fire was a Ride OP, so I guess... yeah, they're safe, unless you are working on one while it is in operation...


Friday, April 9, 2004 6:18 PM
Turbo...a 4D Ring of Fire? Do you mean it has a train with rotating seats like on SFMM's X?
Saturday, April 10, 2004 7:27 PM
ya...ive heard about the Cyclotron thing...it has the seats hanging off the sides of the track like the Arrow 4D...dont know how it work though. I remember seeing that the cars can flip independantly, or can be "locked" so its like a ferris wheel with you never going upside down.
Saturday, April 10, 2004 10:42 PM
Well I wouldn't ride it just because its at Century Plaza. I don't trust anything there. :p

Saturday, April 10, 2004 11:31 PM
Yeah, that's what I was thinking.


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