I like RatherGoodBear's way of looking at the whole thing, but I have to disagree with Corkscrewy.
SOB isn't a crappy looking coaster, it's a huge, awesome structure. It was actually ranked outside the coaster world as one of the top ten megastructures worldwide alongside Mall of America, Hoover Dam, and the New River Bridge (WV).
Secondly, PKI doesn't need to do anything like that to get attention, remember, they get plenty of advertising just by being home most recently to Italian Job, plus being home to the world's best kids area four years in a row, plus the announcement last week of the indoor waterpark resort for 2006, and then there's daddy, he will always bring in the crowds.
If PKI wants to put tunnels on SOB, they can, but I think it would show them to be unconfident in the Beast' legend to make sonny just a bigger, faster, rougher copy of it's dad.
By the way, since everyone hinted at SOB's reputation, just remember, this is one of the biggest wood coasters ever built, it's goes nearly 80mph...it's always going to be rough!! That's part of it's beauty and fun.
Now officially a Halloween Haunt Cornstalker for Fall '08!
For those of you already slamming SOB, ride it again this year! To me, I think some serious re-tracking went on this off-season. My brother and I both came off happy, to the point where it might been smoother than Beast *takes cover*... I actually enjoyed my ride on it this past weekend...
It was smoother than Beast last year, it just had those godawful trains that pin you down so it hurts much worse. Take out the damn loop and put on some PTC's, or better yet, get some of those Millennium Flyers.
The roughest parts of the ride are areas where immense amounts of force and pressure are placed on the track, train and riders.
Most notably, the bottom of the large drop, rosebowl and reverse helix areas are the most severe and require regular maintenance and annual re-tracking.
The areas of the coaster that would likely be tunnelled are the bottom of the large drop, rosebowl and helix.
But given the annual re-tracking and need to re-enforce structure in these areas, it makes sense that the park would avoid enclosing them. Tunneling these areas would only make the areas that require the most attention very difficult to attend to.
Although originally a design hope by the park, I'd be surpised to ever see it.
Shaggy I follow what your saying but what about the Beast. It has tunnels at the bottton of the first drop and the helix. The helix has to be one of the sections on the ride with the greatest forces and stresses. The bottom of the first drop also is another high speed section of the ride that has a tunnel.
Although maybe if the Beast was built today they would not put tunnels in such high stress areas. However your argument carries little wait when you examine where the Beast has its tunnels.
I am not sure if that is really the reason Son of Beast does not have tunnels but it might be. I am not sure how much adding tunnels would improve the ride. It might make it a little more interesting, especially for the boring second helix. However the ride is just below average at best, and money would be better spend just trying to maintain it and fix some of its trouble areas *** Edited 5/11/2005 2:20:35 AM UTC by Beast Fan***
How did a question about tunnels on a ride turn into this? The first poster was asking a simple, decent questions, not coming here and hearalding it as the best coaster ever built, and yet we get bathroom talk and people telling him to get over it.
Did he ever say it was a great ride? Did he ever say he liked it? Wow, I simply can't believe it got to that point.