Ron Toomer dead at age 81

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:29 PM

I can't find any other sources, as, obviously this isn't really important to most people - but it's listed on his Wiki now.

Gone to the great coat-hanger-factory in the sky. That's a high speed ride all the way, that thing is.

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:33 PM

I'll never forget him and Alan's explanation on how they come up with some incredible elements with that close hanger in hand!
A pioneer of cardboard templates that provided millions with some of the best rides ever created!

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:41 PM

Bummer! He will be missed! I am glad I got to might him at Magnum's 10th anniversary. Will be thinking of him while riding this coming weekend.

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:53 PM

I'd like a better source. You can edit Wikipedia and claim anyone is dead.

Monday, September 26, 2011 6:02 PM

While I agree, it's all we've got. Well, that and CoasterForce. I'm pretty sure it's for real.

Monday, September 26, 2011 7:31 PM

Amusement Today is releasing an obituary by 8pm. He is sadly missed by many coaster fans worldwide. My 85 year old grandmother's favortie coaster is still the Loch Ness Monster.

Monday, September 26, 2011 7:44 PM

Its now posted.

Monday, September 26, 2011 7:53 PM

RIP Ron. I'll be wearing my Arrow hat this Saturday in honor of him to Fright Fest at Great America.

Monday, September 26, 2011 7:56 PM

RIP, Ron!

Monday, September 26, 2011 8:02 PM

There you have it. Told you I believed it.

Monday, September 26, 2011 8:48 PM

Almost posted earlier, but couldn't find a source. Too many credible people in the grapevine were talking for it to be a false rumor.

Monday, September 26, 2011 8:52 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. As soon as his bio was updated on his Wiki, I knew it had to be true. Then, I saw it on that other site, and decided to link to the Wiki, anyway.

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:31 PM

The first I ever heard of Ron Toomer, I had just returned from my virgin visit to CP in the early 90's, when I first was beginning to realize there were other parks besides GAdv and Dorney and a handful of others. I was watching TV and stumbled across an episode of NOVA on PBS, which opened with a magnificent shot of Magnum ascending the lift hill. An interview with Toomer was included, and he demonstrated how he sometimes conceived of his designs...with a wire hanger bent into seemingly impossible shapes.

Godspeed, Ron Toomer, and thanks for your legacy.

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:45 PM

RIP Ron. Your legacy lives on through Magnum XL 200, arguably one of the greatest coasters of all time. You will be missed.

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:52 PM

I know SFGAdv's Runaway Train was manufactured by Arrow, but does anyone know if it was actually designed by Toomer?

I may be going down Saturday kind of unexpectedly, and I'd take a ride in Ron's memory. It's probably, save for El Toro and Nitro, the coaster I've rode most in my life.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Monday, September 26, 2011 9:52 PM
Monday, September 26, 2011 10:39 PM

My first thrill rides were Arrow. I was hooked after my first ride on the Dahlonega Mine Train in 1967.

Monday, September 26, 2011 10:43 PM

Now that he's gone, are we suddenly going to have a new-found respect for the very same rides we spent countless hours bashing?

(And when I say 'we' I don't mean me, I'm being condescending. I dig a lot of the Arrow rides. It's a side effect of having the rare Togo tolerance gene. :) )

Monday, September 26, 2011 10:50 PM


I too have the Togo/Arrow tolerance gene. But man did some of his rides suck. But then I remember he gave us Magnum and Desperado and I'm at the least thankful.

Monday, September 26, 2011 10:54 PM

I can never forgive those horrible transitions on Vortex at KI, but...I can chose to have a selective memory when I ride Magnum. :)

Those coat hangar hills have some of the most excruciatingly awesome airtime, especially the third to last one.

Monday, September 26, 2011 10:59 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

I may be going down Saturday kind of unexpectedly.

That's what she said.


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