Six Flags St. Louis announces wood coaster: Evel Knievel
Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 10:55 PM | Contributed by Jeff
The legendary daredevil no longer jumps canyons, but daredevils everywhere may soon be able to still feel his kind of excitement. Six Flags has announced that it is committing $7 million to add an eighth roller coaster dedicated to Evel Knievel's thrill-seeking career. The ride will start out with a stomach-churning 80-foot drop as the ride takes a 90-degree left turn and another 55-foot drop. The 2,700-foot ride hits speeds of 50 mph. It has 16 hills and multiple high-banked turns at up to 67-degree angles. The coaster criss crosses 14 times.
Nice! Can't wait to see some pictures. This kind of ride sounds like a good move for Six Flags, as it should please lots of families and thrill seekers alike. It's kind of funny that SFStl. also has the Boss, which hasn't been there for that long.
Looks like a fun ride. SFStL just keeps getting better and better. THREE woodies plus Freeze, Batman, and a great mine train (heck I even like Chuck Norris The Ride, aka Ninja Kick to the Head)...very nice collection they'll have, yes.
Now if only they'd build my suspended coaster on that hilly terrain. It might be my favorite Flags. :)
Agent Johnson ***Anyone gots a problem with that?*** Chuck Norris?
PerrysburgGuy *** Do you get to break every bone in your body?*** No - that would be the Boss...
The "theme" for this just doesn't seem right... It will be going in the "1904 Worlds Fair" section of the park. What does EK have to do with that? What does EK have to do with a wooden coaster for that matter. Now, if this were one of those Vekoma motorcycle coasters, I could see that...
Except maybe it does. What other company would try to theme a wood coaster? ;)
If Six Flags really wants to build wood coasters and install some flat rides while maintaining some level of theming, they should install "boardwalk" areas. A lot of Six Flags parks have some kind of body of water, so why not build a small area alongside it that mimicks an old seaside amusement park. That way, the existance of wood coasters and other hard-to-theme rides are justified. Call it Bug's Great American Boardwalk or some crap like that.
1st, I heard that Mr. Knievel went back to school to get his doctorate and now likes to be called "Dr. Evel" (ba-dump-pa)
2nd, they should install a new element on the coaster-to-be --- The mid-air jump. The coaster would 'jump' in the air from one part of the track to another. If you remember the old Hot Wheels tracks, they would have this element.
(If they do decide on the jump element, I ain't riding it!! - seen too many RCT crashes trying to accomplish this!)