roller coaster contest and California WHIZZER remains

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roller coaster contest and California WHIZZER remains

Post by steven » Fri May 19, 2006 11:56 pm

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Below: The Paso Robles High School team wins first place two years in a row.

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Below: Just outside the contest are footings that remain from Willard's Whizzer.

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Post by RLAiello » Fri May 19, 2006 11:59 pm

It's amazing to me that those footings are still there after all these years. Thanks for sharing the pics!!
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Post by imdaman » Sat May 20, 2006 12:45 am

Thanks Steven for posting those pics, you get great access to places in the park that a lot of us wish we could go to take pics!

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Post by that_guy » Sat May 20, 2006 9:34 am

Thanks for sharing the pics Steven :D
I've always wanted to see them up close!
Were all the contest entries tall and bulky like the first place winner's?
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Post by steven » Sat May 20, 2006 2:14 pm

The model coasters have to be built according to specifications that are listed in the contest rules:
http://homepage.mac.com/cbakken/pga/con ... les06.html

The rules put restrictions on the size and height. The rules also favor the inclusion of some elements. For example, more loops bring more points. Winning teams have usually studied the rules in detail and designed the best coaster possible that complies with all the rules. That leads to the higher scores.

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Post by SFGAmfreak4life » Sat May 20, 2006 2:29 pm

Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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Post by redfishpaw » Mon May 22, 2006 7:02 am

Thanks for taking the Whizzer photos Steven, those are the best I've seen of the remains.

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Post by dpxtreme » Mon May 22, 2006 6:19 pm

I'm not surprised the footers are still there. It's a waste of money to get rid of them. Greased Lightnin's and some of Stealth's footers (the one's that didn't interfere with Boomerang Bay.) are all still there.

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Post by that_guy » Mon May 22, 2006 6:24 pm

^ Yeah, and Stealth's footers are HUGE, BULKY, and UGLY, they are an eyesore while riding Logger's Run. But I guess it's better than taking out a ride under stealth, eh, I'm just being too picky.

I was wondering, when you look at these footers, it does not really look like it was being thrown out since it does not seem like they just ripped them off, or are those actually part of the supports?
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Post by RandyV » Thu May 25, 2006 8:53 pm

Looks to me like they torched or cut the studs that are cast or screwed into the footers.
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