The Gauntlet (flat ride) @ BGW question.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002 7:56 AM
Does anyone have any info or pictures of The Gauntlet @ BGW? I was there in '88 and it was in the Italy section (i think). It's one of the few flat rides that actually impressed me. It was kind of like a Huss Top Spin, but the gondola had two halves with seats facing one another. The arms could rotate separately, causing the two gondola halves to move with respect to each other.

Anyone know who manufactured this?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002 8:01 AM

As far as I know, Gladiator's Gauntlet (as I remember it being called) was made by... brace yourself.... Vekoma. The generic name for the ride was "Canyon Trip" and for some reason, it never really caught on. It resembled a giant taffy pull as the two gondola halves were able to slide in and out towards the center while the arms revolved in independent directions. I thought it was a fun ride. I also believe Morey's Pier or one of the Wildwood ride areas had one during the late 80's/early 90's. I know the ride was removed sometime before the 1998 season as that was my last visit to BGW and only the loading house remained.

I don't have any pics... but I'm sure someone here can probably help.

ray p.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002 8:06 AM
I remember riding that flat ride and actually thought that it was quite fun. I wish that they would have kept it. Although it was about where the entrance to Apollo's Chariot's entrance is now.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002 8:13 AM

Gladiators Gauntlet was indeed a Vekoma creation, probably my fav flat ride at BGW.....and it sits exactly where the AC on ride photo hut sits. the Sea Dragon used to sit where the AC station and queue house now pics though, but there is a BGW timeline site you can check out, dont know the link, but look thru the sites section of CBuzz, it is listed!!

hope that helps some! :)

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002 9:19 AM
I rode Canyon Trip at Morey's Pier, and I remember it being a very cool ride. Why couldn't BGW have moved it elsewhere in the park? It's not like they have any cool and/or modern flats, with the exception of DaVinci's Cradle (Magic Carpet Ride).
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 7:07 PM
Oh Vekoma so thats why it's sitting in the BGW graveyard. I was talking to my higher upper in OCT and I asked why it was removed and he said that it was costing to much to run because it was ripping itself apart do to it's motion and when Vekoma stop makeing the ride and ride parts BG had to make them so after awhile they got tired of it and took it out.

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