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Blackpool F-1

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Howdy guys. I was looking through yesturdays paper which had an article on Blackpool. In it was a photo which you can find here: http://www.m.sheen.dial.pipex.com/coasterk...y_bigten_02.jpg After talking to Richard he dug up this little gem, an interested read...AND stunt. http://www.m.sheen.dial.pipex.com/coasterk...hday_bigten.htm

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Now that's cool.... So is that photo graphically enhanced with the F1 or was the actual car really placed on? Because with a smaller, lighter and shorter train )or car in ths matter) it has a much higher chance of rollbacks (do I need to remind anyone of Windjammer?)

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Slick if you had looked at the second link and read the article or at least had a look down at the bottom of the page you would have seen that the F1 car was a one off promotion. The gist of the article is that the coaster is a giant advertising tool, which is one thing that Wonderland could have done to bring in some revenue. Bush Beast was a giant billboard waiting to happen but was not used to its potential. "The Bus is now leaving for Car Bob Well, Western Australia"

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Bloody Oath Bus! Could you imagine the impact a giant billboard over the entire turnaround would have had...much better revenue than a bloody logo atop probe. It really wouldn't even have had much of a bad effect from inside the park either as the sign would be facing the other way.

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Thats a pretty cool picture.... When I was in Holland there was a rumour goin around that the first drop on the Ride was on a very steep angle and that it was changed a few years on.... Can anyone clarify that??? Screammchine

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See this shot, how the track and supports around the curve on the first drop are cantilevered from out beyond the rest of the support structure? What they did a number of years ago was take the curvature of the track further out, making it a smoother and more graduated transition, i.e. a less tight curve so it wouldn't yank riders quite as much. It used to follow the profile of the main support structure, so you can clearly see that they've extended it further to the right (when looking at it as seen in that photo), and up a bit higher. Apparently it's still quite an intense piece of track, though not nearly as good as it previously was.

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That drop has been re-profiled a number of times costing the beach quite a bit of cash. Apparently, it only seems to get worse evey time they touch it. Also, the F1 car was a promotion for a new ride (not sure what it was). They took the outer shell of a F1 car and bolted it onto the base of a regular train (or at least one car of the train). I wouldn't have thought it would have been heay enough to make it round the track, but, there you go!

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