Evel Knievel Construction Photos 2/18/08

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Evel Knievel Construction Photos 2/18/08

Post by Greg » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:14 pm

Today I was given a construction tour of the new for 08 GCI coaster, Evel Knievel. With an opening date set for July, 4, the coaster is coming along nicely.
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Post by retsamemag111 » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:32 pm

Thanks ER!

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Post by NL_IS_AWESOME » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:51 pm

Evel Knievel has lots of banked turn that does look so fun. For people who find any woodies kind of pretty 'painful' I'd love to tell them as please drop these kind of biases, because the woodies are even getting so smooth riding sensations, just like 'Intamin'. 8)

Many new photos, updated, thanks a lot. : )

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Post by kidcoaster » Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:31 am

That is looking pretty sweet. Thanks for the pics.
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Post by Paul Drabek » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:24 pm

Those photos look sweet!

With the station in the back and having to walk all the way through the ride to get to it I'm certain that there will be plenty of spots where you can get some great photos once it's up and running.

I so can't wait for spring as I really need a coaster.

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Post by OrangeWhip » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:54 pm

She's looking good. Wait... can a coaster named after Evel Knieval be a she?

I can't wait to feel the GCII love!

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Post by Greg » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:57 pm

I'm certain that there will be plenty of spots where you can get some great photos once it's up and running.
Yes, and I was told the new Moon car track will weave in and out of the coaster's structure. Sounds sweet to me. I wonder how many traffic backups we're likely to cause waiting to gat the perfect shot.
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Post by dare-to-fly » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:00 pm

Drool...puddle...stroke, stroke, stroke, towel off...

I can't wait for a spin on that!!!!!!!

I can't help but notice the "dead man's ring" has umpteen bolts to hold each board, but only one bolt holding it to the footer. I assume that's because the wood may crack, but it's still amusing.

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Post by Lonestarcoaster » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:31 pm

man, That is going to be one beautiful coaster! I'm really trying hard to find time to get up there this summer, but it's looking like at least 2010 until i'll be able to make the trip, as I already have a big European trip planned for 09.

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Post by MConte05 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:06 pm

dare-to-fly wrote:I can't help but notice the "dead man's ring" has umpteen bolts to hold each board, but only one bolt holding it to the footer. I assume that's because the wood may crack, but it's still amusing.
That is because it is a hinge, the wood flexes so the connection has to flex as well or else it will cause unneeded stress.

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Post by NL_IS_AWESOME » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:32 am

^ That's what I've just thought as well. I thought Dead Man's Ring had to be the very thing to support many woods, so they won't have any cracks. Supports on GCI twister, specially, seems more complex than other woodies, since each layout is kind of pretty wicked and unique. :)

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Post by Waterboy » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:40 pm

Greg,
Great report and pictures. Glad the weather allowed for such a wonderful opportunity.

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Post by NL_IS_AWESOME » Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:12 pm

^ Because Greg has given us many credits so he can make us always feel positive. When he's on for a Trip Report, the sun is so smiling. :)

Greg? I'd ask as 'Why not Eagle Rider?' since I loved your name. That makes sense so much that you are a great enthusiast of 'Screamin' Eagle'. We know Greg is your real name in this world, but it's sad. :(

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Post by waterboydavid » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:54 pm

Great photos of the new wooden coaster at SFSTL.Keep them coming.Greg
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Post by cubkev » Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:24 pm

So,
Are we for sure that the opening date is July 4th. Is there any chance that it will be open the week prior for a soft opening. That is when I will be there.

Just a thought! Thanks for the info if anyone has any.

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