Old video of Zonkers the dog riding Wildcat at Lake Compounce
The image from the book looks like this (Moderators - Not sure I can post a picture from a book like this? Whats the rule here on copywrite)La Montana Rusa(?), Guatemala City, Guatemala. Over a mile long at 5800ft it has reached mythical - Olympian - status. The coasters only known photograph is figure XI:11, found in the trash at National Amusement Device's old factory. It lasted only four years, 1953-57, before the Guatemalan government actually used it for firewood. Those that have ridden it say it was the finest ravine ride ever built, Puritas Springs and Rocky Springs not excluded
As for this - I wouldn't worry about it. The odd image here or there is fine, it's only if you started uploaded scans of the whole book that we'd be a bit more concerned.The image from the book looks like this (Moderators - Not sure I can post a picture from a book like this? Whats the rule here on copywrite)
Billboard articles;The roller coaster was built from pine and cypress obtained from the local jungle which was cut by hand.
An article in a 1953 issue of Billboard Magazine reports the length of this roller coaster as 2400 feet while a 1960 article reported it at 4000 feet.
The June 27th, 1942 issue of Billboard has Frank L. Uzzell's obituary written by bother R. S. Uzzell: "He traveled extensively in America, Canada, Europe and Mexico. In 1936 he, together with William C. Uzzell, super- intended the construction of an amusement park for the government of Guatemala, consisting of 12 rides, one of which was a giant coaster almost a mile long (in an earthquake zone). He remained there to train local operators and took them thru a national fair without a mishap. "
Cheers. I think the RCDB errors are just left over from yesterday when there was only one coaster listed and it was assumed both the 30s and 50s coasters were the same thing. Duanes off at IAAPA this week so I doubt things will get updated until his returnGreat find @roomraider! I just just had a quick look through the Billboard articles that rcdb is refering to on the site of the other Guatemalan coaster and it seems that the upper bit of info listed on rcdb is actually refering to the coaster you've found. Odd that Duane never bothered about the bits that clearly mentioned the coaster featured in the articles was built in the 50s and not in the 30s. Do you have any other source that claims the earlier coaster was built by NAD?
While the ride in itself isn't wacky, the story of what happened with it afterwards is. Post it's Dorney Park life, it was supposedly sold to a park in Jamaica, however, no record of the park (photos, videos, articles) and it appeared that the coaster has disappeared off the map, sold to a park that didn't exist. However, during some research, I found that there was a park many years back in Jamaica called "Coconut Park" that was left abandoned soon after the coaster would have been purchased. Turns out that this park has since reopened as Funland Jamaica, and through some further investigation, although unproven, I believe that a mix up in a translation caused Coconut Park (Funland's pre-abandonment name) to turn into the reported Coney Park, hence causing the mysterious disappearance of the coaster for several years as this "Coney Park" never existed. This would not only explain the fact of why nobody could ever find the park, as it was mislabeled, as well as why there's no record of the ride running in Jamaica, because the park would have gone out of business shortly thereafter. This is all unproven, however, through some research, I believe that that's what happened to the coaster, it may truly never been known thoughThis is weird and wacky why?
In other words, they've built virtually every two-dimensional coaster offered on the market in that spot? I guess we'll see a clone of Pulsar at Walibi Belgium replacing it next.Not "That" old but this is the only good picture of Boomerang at Tokyo Dome City I have ever seen. This Arrow Shuttle Loop ran from 1980 to 1984 and was replaced by an Ultra Twister, Which itself was replaced by Linear Gale the worlds first Intamin Impulse.