Does anyone remember the Virginia Reel rides at Coney Island and elsewhere?
I never got to ride one but from what I could see, it was a type of side friction coaster with a gradual and continuous gradient and numerous turns and with round cars that spun -- sort of like those Intamin white water raft rides minus the H2O but with sharp turns like a Wildmouse and more speed.
I wonder if any new ones will be built in the future. This might be another good project for Knoebels once the Flying Turns are completed.
I'd love to try a Virginia Reel some day. Add that to the growing list of rides Knoebel's "needs", just behind the wooden wildmouse. (Actually, maybe AHEAD of the wooden mouse --I've actually been on those ;) )
Acoustic Viscosity said: Invy has a NoLimits recreation of the Blackpool Reel. It gives you a good idea of how fun these were. I wouldn't be surprised if Knoebels' next classic ride resurection is a virginia reel. :)
Shhh Matt, it's a secret ;)
I did do a rough guesstimate recreation using the gerstlauer spinning coaster but it's not to scale or plan. If anyone wants the file I could upload it.
Arthur, I rode the Blackpool Reel many, many times over an eight or nine year period before it was demolished. It was a great fun ride at the entrance to the park and ideal as the first ride of the day - it had the giggle factor in abundance and often induced nervous laughter in some as you approached those hairpin bends at increasing speed... One of the best rides at the park in my opinion...