Tuesday, September 4, 2001 8:14 PM
near the end of the fim during a chase they go by a big wood coaster anybody know what it is?
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 2:14 AM
That coaster was the Cyclone Racer in Long Beach, California. It was torn down to make way for the Queen Mary. It was considered to be one of the finest wood coasters ever built.
I wonder if Long Beach regrets getting rid of it.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 7:02 AM
They should regret it.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 7:07 AM
Ah, you saw the movie this weekend too. (Was it on TCM or AMC? Oh well, it was one of those).
My wife saw the coaster and asked "Which one wast that?" I took a guess and said "Cyclone Racer"... glad to know I was right.
In the book "The American Roller Coaster" they have a picture of the CR along with a "skematic" of the track lay out. The one line sounded kind of funny... The book stated that the City of Long Beach tore it down in its effort to "improve its image".
"I wasn't always this cynical, but then I started kindergarden..."
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:31 AM
Woodies tend to make a place look run-down?...LOL...
rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 1:35 PM
To bad Rat Race Couldn't have a coaster from Las Vegas in it!
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 3:16 PM
No ive been watching Mad Mad World since I was 6 But anyway I hope that remark from Gatorwoodie was a joke!
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 4:52 PM
What Long Beach did was typical of the era. When Los Angeles annexed Venice, it was determined that the "honky-tonk carnival atmosphere was inappropriate" When the leases expired after WWII everything was sold off and or torn down. The Pike survived because it was in Long Beach out of LA's jurisdiction. It however fell victim to the "old is bad" syndrom. Somebody talked them into buying the Queen Mary as a tourist attraction. They also convinced the city fathers that in order to get the ship into it's proper location the Cyclone Racer had to go. The Pike struggled on for a while without it's star attraction,and then it too finally succumbed. Now they regret it. The QM has become a multimillion dollar nightmare, and there has been a few attempts at reviving the Pike, Cyclone Racer and all. Unfortunately they haven't succeded yet.