Wednesday, March 21, 2001 4:04 PM
Is Schwarzkopf still designing or even building coasters anymore?
If so, where? If not, when did they stop, and does anyone know where their final coaster was placed?
I've been researching mainly through www.rcdb.com
and don't see any new coasters that aren't really just moved and new to a location.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 4:18 PM
He retired a few years back. Check out this website: http://schwarzkopf.coaster.net/achterbahnen-es-HF.htm
It's really cool and has some great pix and info. I hear what you are saying. I'd love for him to come out of retirement. He made steel coasters fun. Seems he had some bad experiences with bankers.
Decisions determine destiny; Destiny determines decisions.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 4:39 PM
Actually his company went bankrupt while building a suspended coaster that Arrow finished, a suspended coaster I just can't think of ;)
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 4:48 PM
Thanks, janfrederick... pretty cool site, even if their English isn't all that great.
They did make some really cool looking and riding coasters. Never the biggest or best, but a steadily exciting and fun company.
So, anyone know of those final Schwarzkopf coasters, or will it just remain a mystery? They (he?) did alot for the innovation of the modern coasters, even if it was just in an embryonic state compared to what we have today. It's sort-of sad to see him jsut fade away.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 5:07 PM
BTW, the coaster his company went bankrupt on was the Big Bad Wolf at BGW. Luckily, Arrow was there to pick up the pieces. I've never seen them firsthand, but I believe you can see a couple footers placed for the BBW by Schwarzkopf's company.
I really wished that I could ride some of his designs that were never built. If you've seen the pic of his figure-8 design, you'd know what I mean.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 6:59 PM
When last I heard, Anton was indeed still alive and kicking, though I guess he's had some health problems. His son Weiland has been building rides and parts for Anton's rides for some time now, and has announced plans to build Schwarzkopf coasters if anybody wants to buy one. At IAAPA last fall, he was showing off a renovated car destined for AstroWorld.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:30 AM
I hope that his son will takes over where his father ended. Maybe his coaster and design will be better than his dad´s. What do you think?
Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:57 AM
Anton has Parkinsans disease, from what I heard. I can't confirm it though.