The CCI Love Thread

Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:43 AM

I'm not one to sit and cry that CCI is done. I'd much rather celebrate their amazing accomplishments in the industry...

For the moment, my one and only CCI is Ghostrider. After 50+ rides, the ride still keeps me entertained every time. Besides, there is no question that this was the coaster that got me hooked on roller coasters. Pure brilliance. Knotts will surely buy taller, faster and more intense coasters, but no matter what, Ghostrider will always be a standout ride.

This summer, I had the unfortunate experience of driving right past the New Mexico Rattler when it was open, yet I wasn't able to stop and could not manage to get to the park. It looks great, and I can't wait to hear a trip report from Cliff's park.

Anyone else, feel free to talk about your favorite CCI, or memories that you have had associated with that CCI.

They were a great company; but I will say that its more fun to cheer their accomplishments than cry over their downfall.

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:50 AM
I loved CCI before I even knew there was a CCI. My love affair with this company's creations started with the Cyclops in the Wisconsin Dells. This coaster turned me from being someone who only liked steel coasters and into a coaster enthusiast. It was the first wooden coaster I truly loved. Since then I have ridden only four other CCI's but my current itinery for the next two years has several CCI's on it and I am sure that I will enjoy each and everyone as I have enjoyed my first.

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Bob Hansen

A proud CoasterBuzz Member

"So you think your'e really brave, gonna see the DEMONS cave.
You silly dude, your'e only food, for the DEMON"

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:53 AM
The Legend....best woodie since '79 (I think that's when the Beast was built). I haven't ridden too many CCI's myself -- Legend, Raven, Boss, Twisted Sisters (very underrated and unknown IMO). But hopefully those others aren't going anywhere too soon...

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PLEASE READ: This post wasn't meant to offend or anger anyone; I apologize in advance if it does. So please don't post a reply just to rant about it. :)

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:54 AM
Mmmmmmmm...CCI. I love CCI. No CCI makes me sad :(

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Crito, ergo sum.

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:55 AM

I have loved every CCI I have ever rode. Each truly amazing.

I have rode in order Hoosier Hurricane, Cornball Express, Raven, Legend, Both twisted Sisters,Cyclops, Zeus, Pegasus, and Villian (I think thats all)

I get 2 more on saturday with Shivering Timbers and Zach's Zoomer and then one more teh following Friday with LoCoSuMo.

Don't fret though guys, we will see awesome wood coasters in the future. GCI has only touched the tip of the iceberg with what they can do. And think about those CCI designers now looking for jobs. I am sure someone will snatch them up.

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1989, 9 years old, Bawling my eyes out because I didn't want to ride Magnum. I did anyway and now look at me. YOU CREATED A MONSTER DAVE!!!

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 7/18/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:57 AM
Man, but what can I say? Think bob hit the nail right on the head. CCI was a fantastic wood coaster company. give them a couple hundred feet of space and they could work miracles. I love CCI so much for all their great coasters. not just the coasters at IB or HW but ALL of their creations. I wish Denise all the very best of luck in whatever she puts her mind to. She is a brilliant woman ( and beautiful) that ran a very very succsessful company. I know that and side with all the wood coaster freaks when I say CCi will be very sadly missed. No body can build a wood coaster like CCI.

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Beer, my soon to be wife, coasters, and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Is this a great country or what!!
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*** This post was edited by stoogemanmoe on 7/18/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:02 AM

It's my opinion that we'll start to see more "freelance" wooden coaster designers, like back in the early 1900s when Kennywood's coasters and a lot of the other really old woodies were built. CCI just freed up some of the best designers ever of wooden coasters - if they're working by themselves (or as much by themselves as a designer can) the price tag on "CCI"s or whatever they'd be called could stay somewhat where it is and we wouldn't really any less wooden coasters - just none that are made by CCI specifically.

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Steel - #1 Mantis, #2 Millie, #3 Wicked Twister
Wood - #1 Thunderbolt, #2 Villain, #3 Beast
"The key to a happy life is moderation" -- Jon Stewart

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:03 AM
how do you know she was good looking? and where can i see a pic? hubba hubb***
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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:04 AM
What does CCI stand for?
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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:05 AM
Will, I met her in person at the media day for Locosumo at IB.

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Beer, my soon to be wife, coasters, and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Is this a great country or what!!
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stoogemanmoe

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:08 AM

CCI = Can't Create Inverted.

No, it's Custom Coasters International.

I'm completely saddened by this. I even enjoyed Twisted Sisters at SFKK, they just did not make a poor wooden coaster. And that was on my wish list for CP within the next 5 years. Can you say, GCI?

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:13 AM

I always thought it was Custom Coasters of Indiana. :)

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"Look outside, I know that you'll recognize it's summertime." - The Flaming Lips "It's Summertime (throbbing orange pallbearers)"

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:14 AM
Kick the Sky, I have to agree, the Cyclops got me into the "I love wooden coasters" stage. Cyclops has so much airtime in the back, I think you have to be over 18 to ride in the very back seat. Zeus, another coaster that got me to love CCI. What can I say, I am an airtime freak.

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Cedar Point vs. SFMM-like 15 isnt enough?

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:17 AM

CCI has given me the some of the most amazing rides I have ever had the pleasure of riding. My first rides on Raven, Ghostrider, Tremors and Timber Terror were nothing short of life changing, I had no idea coastering could be so much fun, and intense!

These are memories I can take along with me even though the company that brought them to me is gone. I'm sure most of you can relate to this, the look on everyone's face when one of their rides hits the station breaks, it's priceless!

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"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"?

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:21 AM

MagnumForce said:

Don't fret though guys, we will see awesome wood coasters in the future. GCI has only touched the tip of the iceberg with what they can do. And think about those CCI designers now looking for jobs. I am sure someone will snatch them up.

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Ah, I couldn't have said it any better myself. People around here seemed to be acting like their favorite aunt just passed away. It's a coaster company going "out of business"...now all the technology contained within one company will be spread around to many companies as CCI employees/owners move on...to me that sounds like a good thing. (although unfortunate to all that worked at CCI..I wish them the best of luck)

Happy Coastering!

Sean

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:39 AM
CCI has made some great coasters!

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
CCI Lives On!!!!
-Patrick

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:46 AM

Well they'll either go to GCI or create a brand new company, either way good roller coasters. I have yet to ride a GCI roller coaster, maybe with the two companies blended into one, that's one really good coaster.

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You can hear the laughter, you can hear the mighty roar. From the brickyard down in Indy to the white Chicago shore. It's a rollin', twistin', turnin' and might we both suggest. You get you fanny ridin' on the Cornball Express!

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:50 AM
Everyone keeps saying how CCI employees will form another company, CGI will snap up the business and so forth. I think that is a good thing, but that doesn't change the fact that CCI "in their current form" will be no more. To me it's like B&M closing their doors, I don't care who joins forces with who, it wouldn't be the same, and that's what hurts.

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"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"?

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 11:07 AM
I have loved CCI from the beginning as well. Ghostrider is still my favorite, with probably Raven close behind. There is a positive in all this, though. If they are maintained through the years with any decency, we shall be riding them through our lifetimes. Carl Phare is dead and gone, but his one remaining coaster, The Coaster, at PNE in Vancouver, Canada is a testimony to monstrously quality building. It is still turning heads, and earning fans as we speak, and its builder has been dead, along with the "company" that built it, for years. CCI going down won't ruin the coaster business forever. There are many companies that will gladly take the reins....:) I look forward to the future, and the new coaster companies, like CCI, that have yet to emerge, and delight us with their groundbreaking designs.
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CCI..... We hardly knew ye..........
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Thursday, July 18, 2002 12:45 PM
Nasai, Ghostrider oddly enough was the last new CCI for me (last week!). Legend will always remain my favorite, and I will speak highly of the company whenever the opportunity arises. They were first class in everything they did, and who knows what their next thriller might have been. It seems that no CCI coaster has a bad reputation, so they will always be looked at as a positive contributor to the industry.
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