The Belle Vue Bobs, filmed in 1970

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Sora
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The Belle Vue Bobs, filmed in 1970

Post by Sora » Wed May 07, 2008 7:39 am

Although I should really stop linking old videos of old coasters on youtube, this one is special to me: it was the only Fred Church coaster ever built in England. Belle Vue was a theme park and Zoological Gardens in Manchester, and the Bobs existed as its primary rollercoaster from 1929 to 1970. The park closed for good a few years later, probably as a result of demolishing the Bobs. According to "Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror" It is generally agreed to be the best rollercoaster ever operated in the U.K. It held two records: World's fastest rollercoaster (62 mph) and the ride endurance record by Vance Tutton (shown riding and drinking tea in the video). The film includes a full POV ride showing just how rough and thrilling it was.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TIjI2jzfuXw

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Post by NL_IS_AWESOME » Fri May 09, 2008 4:40 am

Oh I noticed as that good lookin' guy was doing a terrific thing as having a cup of coffee when he was on that shakey ride. :)

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