SFMM Flashback

Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:06 AM
I haven't ever been to SFMM, though I am looking forward to going someday. I was playing RCT 2 and installed a ride called flashback, thinking it looked interesting.

However, after watching it in action, I thought it looked rather dull. Then, I found out it's a real ride at SFMM, not a RTC creation.

So my question for those who've rode it at SFMM: is it a good ride? Or is it as dull as it appears to be to me? Just curious. Thanks!

Take care and God bless!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:11 AM
The layout is fantastic. However, it has horse collars. That coupled with the quick turns makes it the rougest ride I've been on. Ouch!

I think they should pad the heck out of it, slow it down a tad, and enclose it. I don't know about not being able to see the turns coming up though...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:28 AM
It's an interesting ride, but it's also not very much fun.

The OTSRs make the abrupt transitions *very* unpleasant, so the ride experience would be greatly enhanced by a lapbar retrofit.

I don't know if it would be 'fun' with lapbars, but the potential for brain damage would be reduced. ;)


*** This post was edited by chris 7/22/2003 11:29:03 AM ***

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:30 AM
Yes, I liken a ride on Flashback to going a few rounds in a boxing ring. It's just SO bad, that it's almost funny.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:37 AM
"I don't know if it would be 'fun' with lapbars, but the potential for brain damage would be reduced."

Me liks Flashbak! I rid it a lut and dont have no brian damag.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:40 AM
haha, I liked Flashback...I though it was a very neat coaster.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:44 AM
Wow, that explains a *lot*, Matthew. ;)


*** This post was edited by chris 7/22/2003 11:44:40 AM ***

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 8:07 AM
Flashback turned me gay, too.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 8:41 AM
That first straightaway seems like it goes very slow. It must be a very slight decline. What's the speed at that point anyway?

Yeah, it looked like it was probably that kind of ride. Thanks for the response!

Take care and God bless!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 9:03 AM
Moosh, we know that's not it........It was your priest!!!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 9:24 AM
LOL Dennis!

Coming Soon - Father McGuire, the long-awaited sequel to the Tom Cruise smash Jerry McGuire. Featuring the all-new soon-to-be famous catch phrases "Show me the monestary!" and "You had me with Amen."

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See it this summer!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 9:38 AM
first "TAER IT DOWN!!!!11" post

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 10:08 AM
Flashie is an interesting and unique coaster. I find the layout to be disorienting and genuinely fun. The helix ending has to be one of the tightest helixes (helices?) I can think of.

Sadly, the coaster is rendered nearly unrideable by the hardest horsecollar restraints I have ever seen. Add the quick transitions and what feel like hexagonal wheels, and you have a recipe for massive head trauma. People do nothing complain about it when it's open and people complain about it when it's closed.

I really wish the often rumored "new trains for Flashback" would become a reality. They may be able to save this coaster. However, I doubt one red cent would ever get spent on this coaster to improve it.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 4:46 PM
The ride used to be part of SF's ride rotation program of the 80's and 90's. It was introduced as Z-Force at SFGAm and ran there '85 to '87. It was then moved to Atlanta where it ran for three years before being shipped to SFMM and beign renammed Flashback. I believe it was designed by Walter Bolliger when we worked for Intamin (note similarities in track to a modern B&M). I rode it in Atlanta and found it quite abusive indeed.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 5:25 PM
I like the ride myself. It's probably the only coaster I've held on for each ride. It would be a whole lot better without the horsecollars but it's still rideable. You just need to lean into the turns and hold on so you can keep your head between the horsecollar. I just think of it as a real wild mouse.

Bartman

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