Rollercoaster for Autos? I never knew. Did you?

Sunday, September 10, 2006 6:30 PM
he did, and he kinda had a cheesy laugh and fake intrest the whole time lol.
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Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:10 PM
Don't know but I love how the four bench PTC's ran on Texas Cyclone. No wonder it was closest to the original.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuwupcpGbvM&mode=related&search=
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Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:08 PM
rollergator's avatar Robo...wouldn't the Tilt be considered a "powered" (non-)coaster?

bill, beating the horse further...I think it might have twitched... ;)


P.S. Just imagine for a second the idea of having the top of the Strat twisting and turning to *drive* High Roller around the track... :~P. That woulda been SWEET... :)

*** Edited 9/11/2006 2:09:55 AM UTC by rollergator***

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Monday, September 11, 2006 4:55 PM
Here's a cool site about Coney coasters.

http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/coneyisland/articles/coasterlist.htm

#35 is the automobile coaster

#36 is the Top.

On the 1940Coney promo that Charles linked to they show a quick glimpse of a ride I remember and loved, the Hey Dey. It's like a combo Whip and Tilt-a-Whirl. They show it around the 3:30 mark, right after the "Human Roulette Wheel." (Love how the girls rode that wearing skirts.)

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Monday, September 11, 2006 9:59 PM
The automobile "coasters" were called Whoopie Tracks, and although i'm not sure exactly where or how many, they are known to have dotted the country as roadside attractions. As automobile travel became prolific, these tracks were placed along the highways to provide a fun diversion, or a rest along a long and boring route. The tracks were oblong in layout like a racetrack with undulating hills on the out and return trip. The drivers would leave the highway, pull up to the Whoopie Track, pay their money and drive the series of dips to the other end.

The Whoopie Track's downfall and what led to it's demise was the automobile and drivers themselves. Cars back then weren't built to handle "extreme" terrain and would frequently stall out over one of the hills, causing it to roll back. Crashes were frequent. Then as auto technology improved, cars became faster, roads became better, amusements changed and the Whoopie Track went by the wayside.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:59 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

BigJim4Life said:
Is it just me, or did Matt Dillon stumble a lot through his lines in those coaster videos?

No, it's not you. I thought the same as well. That's why I turned the volume down after a minute or two. ;)

-Tina

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006 2:09 PM
rollergator's avatar But you didn't stop the VIDEO portion...LOL! ;)
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