Turbo ride question.

Friday, November 13, 2009 7:42 PM

There was a ride around in the late 70's-early 80's called "turbo".

The ride looked like a blast. Are there any of these operating these days? I would love to get on one.

There is video(near the end of the clip) of a operating turbo ride at edgewater park detroit. I believe it's from the late 70's.


There are also some pictures of the ride here....


Friday, November 13, 2009 8:56 PM

I don't believe there are any on the fair circuit in the USA. If I recall correctly Conneaut Lake had one operating until the late 90s/early 2000s and still has it in storage.

It's a shame the ride isn't still around...if maked the Zipper look tame! It was an experience I'll never forget.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:07 AM

It 's a shame that they aren't around, but they were among many rides that fell victum to POP . They have a miserable rph figure. Plus, like a lot of early Chance portables, they were very heavy, Most jumps in rural areas required getting special permits to travel as they had a tendency to bust up the pavement. I remember Gooding Amusement had at least one, maybe two of them. The last one I saw was at Belmont Park in San Diego shortly before it closed down in 1976

Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:31 AM

^That's the last one I saw and rode too!

Sunday, November 15, 2009 2:23 AM

It looked like an intense ride.

Hopefully conneaut will dust it off soon. I plan on checking that park out next year for the first time.

Monday, November 16, 2009 4:08 AM

Conneaut Lake Park purchased theirs from Old Indiana. However, the ride never operated. Its off the property now. Quite an experience I am told.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 8:13 PM

Rides like Zippers, Turbos, Skydivers, Rock-O-Planes and most Ferris Wheels were very time consuming to load which kept the hourly capacity down.

Another park that had a Turbo was Idora Park in the 1970s.

Probably the closest you can come to the ride experience provided by a Turbo now is on a Power Surge.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:29 PM


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Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:07 PM

Rode one once at the Oregon State Fair back in the early 80s (Funtastic Shows, IIRC) and it scared the crap out of me. It did not look safe from a spectator vantage point, and felt even less so once we were inside one of the pods.

I'd say the Power Surge comparison is pretty close as a ride experience.


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