Anyone care to offer other coaster book recommendations?
It was going for up to 100 € on ebay in recent times. It is a very nice source of information (most of which i translated in topics in this forum ;))
I didn´t know that it was coming out in an english translation, though.
It starts with a bio, covers his school and university years and explains how he (by chance!) got involved with Schwarzkopf. Otherwise he would be building bridges today.
There is some technical stuff which details the innovations and progressions which lead to the modern high speed coasters which Schwarzkopf could never have built without Stengel. The technical stuff is never excessive and very easy to understand (aided by sketches and photos).
The book covers, among other things, Schwarzkopfs financial problems in the early eighties, the Mindbender accident (as a direct result of the bankruptcy), invention of the heartline and the spline curve, MF and Mr Freeze, inversion design and a some sketches of unbuilt rides.
It is a nice book - but you will find out that Mr Stengel is as well quite a boring engineer who is working away in a dull house in a suburb of Munich. Not the glamorous, diamond encrusted, Coaster-Liberace some people would like him to be (me!)
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