Shockwave Opening SFOT 1978

Saturday, June 11, 2011 12:21 AM

Just like heaven!

(I know gator will enjoy!)

http://www.rcreride.com/html/sw-news.html

There is alot more where this came from as well - pics of Big Bend, etc., I just found this site.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 10:57 AM

That's great footage. It's interesing to look back and see all the pomp and circumstance a coaster opening had back then with the band and cheerleaders. I wonder if the legal people would allow a bunch of cheerleaders on the catwalk now right next to a moving train though.

It's a just a shame Anton didn't make more coasters. His rides aged a LOT better than any of Arrows did.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 12:03 PM

^ Agreed.

Even a £/$ 100 million ride or attraction doesn't attract half that sort of fanfare or excitement these days, we're so spoilt.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 4:17 PM

It was still very much a new idea then to have a *looping* coaster - hence a lot of the so-called pomp and circumstance.. The terrain Antons have aged really well. The loops are just plain perfection...and the airtime is none too shabby either... :)

Big Bend and Zambezi Zinger are two I wish I could have gotten....at least we still have Whizzer.

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Monday, June 13, 2011 12:07 PM

^You can still get Zambezi, gator:
http://www.rcdb.com/1392.htm?p=17104
I would love to get down there and ride it again! It was Whizzer without the ADD medication. Airtime!

I rode Mind Bender yesterday nearly 20 times. For me, my favorites always start out good, then seem to get better and better the more I ride them! Can't wait to get back now!

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Monday, June 13, 2011 12:14 PM

Dude looks like Ron Burgundy

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