Timberhawk - It's official. I am a coaster geek.

Sunday, May 18, 2003 5:34 PM
So I am on my way home tonight from a bad day at the office, and I decide to stop off and see how Timberhawk is shaping up. Lo and behold, the darn park is open! So, being the lame-o I am, I promptly ran to the gate, showed my pass, and sprinted over for a quick spin on Wild Thing. 2 trips later (you get 2 in a row), I was grateful I still had my head intact, as this Arrow made a physical lasting impression on the left side of my skull. Serious headbanging, and just crap overall. What a waste.

*Sorry for the mini TR!*

Anyways, what I was really here for was a westerly glimpse of Timberhawk. I ran over to the tree lined fence that surrounds the coaster, and noticed that she was complete layout-wise, but workers were putting on the finishing touches, adding the track, bolstering the supports, and doing work on the queue structure, etc. One word. Amazing. I hadn't seen the ride from this vantage point before, and I swear to you all now, Timberhawk will make S&S a hugely viable wood commodity. This little nasty thing has so many unbelievable twists, it truly puts the GCI-Roar concept to shame. Without riding it, I can say I know it will break hearts of enthusiasts worldwide when they know it is still many months away from being ridden by them. It is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and just plain mean looking. A killer profile. Sheesh! The drop is just plain evil, with a mean little kick right after the crest. You can see where it will just stand you up. There are so many crossovers, and so much wood. It has head choppers to die for, and monstrous (for a little ride), steep turns. I swear to you this. Raven's 5th turn? I betcha you will think the same of Timberhawks 4th drop to the left after the pullout. I haven't ridden it obviously, but I think I can tell it's gonna be hairy.

There was one train on the track. 4 cars. It can't be run, as the tracking isn't complete, but one thing I did notice under the tarps. There is a wood theme to the design of them. The spaces between the seats are wood-like, simulating a 60s era Ford woodie station wagon. All in all, I swear I can't wait to come back from SRM now. June, here I come.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 5:38 PM
Man, I wish I could get up there. Any pictures? You say it sounds incredible, but I've yet to see a single picture of this ride!

Edit: I just checked RCDB for some, and from what I see it looks like a good ride. Any more?
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*** This post was edited by Darth Saambe 5/18/2003 9:40:49 PM ***

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 7:18 PM
Go to http://wildonescoasterclub.tripod.com/

That at least has some pics.

Rob
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 7:24 PM
You just figured out today that you're a geek? Ha!

Thanks for the update, Rob. See you in a couple weeks.

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 7:54 PM
By August, I am *sure* we'll be getting to ride a coaster that has *broken in* a little, as woodies especially seem to run a little sluggish for the first month or so....DBH sure did. As always, YMMV, but I *think* I'll be riding a version of OW that's had a little time as well. The FIRST wooden coaster from S&S sure has the opportunity to establish a reputation, and Stan generally likes "wild rides"....;)

"hehehe, Rob's a geek"...Peter Griffin's brother, gator

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:00 PM
Stan Checketts and wooden coasters can only spell great things... at least I hope! :)

Thanks for sharing the info on TH!

Justin

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:02 PM
Rob's a coaster geek?

"One of us. One of us. One of us."

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:18 PM
And now you're free to wear coaster patches on a denim jacket. Welcome to the club, Robbio. ;) Doesn't it feel good to be "out?"
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:24 PM
My God, I am sorry I ever said anything. ;)

One of you. One of you. One of you. ... and it's good to be able to finally take a breath in. Ah, sweet nectar.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:34 PM
You're still not "royally" geeky. Talk to me when you've smashed up your car on a wintertime park drive by. ;)
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:34 PM
"Any pictures? You say it sounds incredible, but I've yet to see a single picture of this ride!"

"Go to http://wildonescoasterclub.tripod.com/ That at least has some pics. Rob"

I just posted a whole heap of photos from today. I agree with every single thing Rob said. This coaster is going to be amazing. If this thing runs half as good as it looks we are in for a big time treat.

Aaron

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 9:20 PM
Aaron, thanks for posting a pic of the "drop." That is gonna be nasty!!!!!!! For anyone looking at his link, it's the pic on the right, 7th one down. :)
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 10:16 PM
Rob, I'm so glad you've finally come out of the (geek) closet. I knew you would come to embrace your inner geek sooner or later.. ;-)

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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:26 AM
We are all coaster geeks,otherwise we wouldn't be here.

I am chomping at the bit to ride Timberhawk. Finally,a wood coaster I can go ride without having to make hotel and airline reservations! I forsee a few road trips from Portland,OR to Federal Way,WA this summer. If Timberhawk is as good as it seems it is going to be,I may buy my first season pass ever.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:49 AM
What they haven't announced yet is that, due to Stan Checkett's involvement, the head choppers on this ride ACUTALLY chop your head off.

He's such a crazy thrillseeker.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:51 AM
Rob,

Timberhawk sounds incredible - I was thinking about going down to the park yesterday, but I ended up working as well. Sounds like it's got potential.

BTW, I set up a meet in the Meeting Calendar if anyone wants to meet up on June 7.

(edit) Are the PTC trains that the ride's getting buzz-bars or individual lap bars? Am I going to have to break out the Loco-Strap?
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Monday, May 19, 2003 9:06 AM
I don't know about the bars. Couldn't see 'em under the tarps, and I haven't heard anything about 'em yet, either. I won't be there on June 7th, but plan on June 9th, Monday for my first experience. Although according to the guy running the Pirate Ship (;)), they are still planning a June 1st opening, so who knows?
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Monday, May 19, 2003 9:08 AM
I was actually considereing by all the coaster pins I can handle, I don't think they are quite as bad as patches.........are they? ;)

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Monday, May 19, 2003 9:16 AM
Nah, because when your vest wears out, you can move the pins to the new one ;)

I should post a picture of my fridge someday. I don't collect pins or patches, but I DO collect magnets (and, to a lesser extent, coffee mugs)


Timberhawk looks amazing. I was a bit dubious about the idea of S&S going into the woodie business, but this is looking like a promising start.


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Monday, May 19, 2003 9:20 AM
Is it safe to assume that McNulty is the major engineer responsible for the design...

Pins are probably a LITTLE less geeky Brent....but not by much...;)

bill, never going back to Dippin Dots if it's the Pirate Ship where all the good info is at...
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