Posted Friday, June 16, 2006 9:14 AM | Contributed by Cory Patrick
The Gravity Group's two completed roller coaster projects are the logical continuation of work that the four firm members did for Custom Coasters International, an amusement ride construction firm in West Chester. When the company went bankrupt in 2002, the four, Kiepert, Larry Bill, Michael Graham and Chad Miller, decided that they liked what they were doing and wanted to form their own specialty engineering firm.
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Friday, June 16, 2006 9:29 AM
I love this story. Anyone who has ever done any kind of entrepreneurial work can appreciate just how awesome it is to reach this point doing something you're totally into. These guys deserve every bit of success they get.
Friday, June 16, 2006 10:06 AM
Seen this story a couple days ago.
What can be said other than these guys have taken the traditional wood coaster and redefined what can and can't be done. They also aren't skimping quality in any way as both of these coasters almost seem overbuilt. I don't see much in the booster bent dept being needed on thse rides.
Haveing met all but Chadwick, I can tell you that they are all very friendly family oriented people. Korey and his wife and baby were strolling the midways at HWN as well as Mr. Larry Bill a man I've talked with a couple of times.
It's pretty awesome to know that they took the plunge to get where they are. Although their reputations for building quality exciting rides preceeded them. Some practices of the former employeer are how do we say, Questionable
Personally Id urge every small and mid sized park just to sit down with these guys and throw some ideas around. They'd just might put you as a destination park rather than a regional one. Don't take my word for it, Take HW's, IB, MT olympus'
Friday, June 16, 2006 11:23 AM
Nice read. Anyway, it sounds like they'll have their hands full for 2007. All I can hope for is that they'll be spending some time in California. ;)
Friday, June 16, 2006 12:07 PM
Two quotes: Will K: "Look at the top 10 list in the Golden Tickets," Koch said. "Most of them are designed by these guys."
No concidence that, huh?
Jeff P:These guys deserve every bit of success they get.
Could NOT agree more. Congrats, guys, enjoying yourselves making people happy, what could be better? :)
Friday, June 16, 2006 12:48 PM
I really would like to see another one at Michigan's Adventure. They could certainly turn themselves into another Holiday World or Mt. Olympus by adding more woodies. Of course, when was the last time Cedar Fair bought a wooden coaster? Last I checked, they were tearing them down.(See Hercules)
Friday, June 16, 2006 2:23 PM
It would be really great if one of their coasters would be built at Kennywood. The new highway appears to be in doubt at this time but KW needs to keep adding new things. A GG woodie would be something that could use the new ravine at the south end of the park while staying within a reasonable budget. Such a ride might bring more new visitors in from other places even without the road. It would be best to do this in about 3 or 4 years. In the meantime, another major thrill ride (comparable to Swing Shot) and a family oriented ride (plus the return of the Bayern Kurve) would be appropriate additions. As for the Swing Around, it is probably headed to one of KE's other parks once it is refurbished.
Friday, June 16, 2006 5:49 PM
I hope one of those Splinter rides gets built soon. If it's anything like LoCoSuMo, it will be a blast.
Great work, TGG!
Friday, June 16, 2006 6:11 PM
^ I think LoCoSuMo was the *pattern*, mentally, for what a Splinter coaster would be like....I'd almost give the Spackman's "partial credit" for the concept itself...
bill, still waiting (patiently?) for Knott's to rehab Calico Mine Train using this very idea... :)
Friday, June 16, 2006 8:13 PM
Loco Sumo was a project that used a existing structure and was very difficult to make work.
A ride like it built from scratch would be much cheaper and suffer many less setbacks than LoCoSuMo did.
However, many of the problems Locosumo had are why I like it so much, Tight clearances, quick steep drops ect.
Friday, June 16, 2006 11:50 PM
^"A ride like it built from scratch would be much cheaper and suffer many less setbacks than LoCoSuMo did."
.....EXACTLY why I think these guys decided to try and offer to build a smaller *indoor-type* coaster from scratch.
...and while it might not turn out to be their "biggest baddest coaster", I think any park deciding to *gamble* on a Splinter ride would find out they hit the jackpot... :)
Wooden coasters...I think the industry is beginning to realize what a great investment you get...along with a great ride... ;)
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Saturday, June 17, 2006 12:47 PM
Bell Amusment Park in Tulsa, OK is getting one of their next projects.
Saturday, June 17, 2006 2:50 PM
I hope Indiana Beach gets in contact with them when they are ready for their 4th woodie :-D
Saturday, June 17, 2006 6:00 PM
LoCoSuMo= my babee!! Congrats Gravity Group for jobs well done. What more can I say? Geesh! : *** This post was edited by stoogemanmoe 6/17/2006 6:17:42 PM ****** This post was edited by stoogemanmoe 6/17/2006 6:20:19 PM ***