When we find life on other planets, then Knoebels will be able to lay claim to "Best Bumper Cars in the Universe". I was lucky enough to get on the last couple laps of the operating season, and had *almost* enough of the KG cars to last me over the Winter. Smashing good time! ;)
I'm surprised to see Kings Island on that list. I rode those things once and they were terrible. Maybe I caught them on an off day. On the plus side, the arena had ample space which was far better than the sorry ride at Cedar Point (30 second ride spent clogged up)
A couple obscure rides need to be added to that list.
Oaks Park (Lusse fiberglass)
Seaside, OR (Lusse steel tub, museum-quality condition, the owner clearly takes a lot of pride in them)
I believe Chuck is refering to the original KI bumper cars that were in the building next to the Scrambler. They were original from the Coney days. The ones now are not the originals by any means. *** Edited 10/16/2007 6:53:25 PM UTC by lumpy72***
For me, Oaks' were on par with *the magical day* we got Geauga's running so well ('05 was it? Chuck?). IB's also feature hi-quality smackage. Camden's were good fun, but the Whip took whatever excitement I had left after getting flyer snappage.
I got to Cinci's Coney too late in the game, those were beyond awful. Mom asked her little kid if he wanted to ride again (no wait, mind you) and he said "meh, let's go do something else". Smart kid... ;)
But honestly, for me, KG's are the bumping equivalent of SFNE's RoS or Voyage. So far ahead of the pack that everyone else vies for second place...
RatherGoodBear said: How many people were riding? And how long did the ride cycles last? I was thinking, they didn't do that for an hour straight did they, then I noticed folks in different cars.
We had 20 cars out and running and there may have been 25 people total. Our ride cycles were around 5 minutes each. Usually when we'd break a car we'd switch to another that was parked. I think we broke 4 cars total, 2 bands, 1 pole, 1 that lost power and one had to have the contact on the pole replaced.