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The Clacton Corkscrew

Miles

Posted:
4/7/00 at
6:51:42 AM

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I remember riding this Vekoma coaster in the mid eighties and I seem to remember it was a potted version of the one at Alton - it even had yellow track. What became of it does anyone know, was it scrapped or moved to another park? I also seem to remember that there was another Theme Park in Clacton, does anyone remember the name.

Cheers

G Freak

Re: The Clacton Corkscrew by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/7/00 7:51:24 AM

Clacton is my local seaside, but I can't really tell you anything about the Corkscrew on the pier. Unfortunately, I was young and too scared to ride it when it was about. Same goes for the earlier Safari ghost train (became the arcade), never mind. They are constructing a new ghost train as we speak. Before I was born, they even had a woodie on the pier (looked like a very large side-friction to me).

As for the other park, there used to be a Butlins, which had a train ride and (earlier) a woodie (looked like the side-friction at Folkestone). Also, the Pavilion (it had a laughing clown) opposite the pier has still got a few amusements. The only attraction I remember is a Chamber of Horrors.

Clacton is not what it was (sigh).

Graeme.

> I remember riding this Vekoma coaster in the
> mid eighties and I seem to remember it was a
> potted version of the one at Alton - it even
> had yellow track. What became of it does
> anyone know, was it scrapped or moved to
> another park? I also seem to remember that
> there was another Theme Park in Clacton,
> does anyone remember the name. Cheers G
> Freak

Re: The Clacton Corkscrew by Miles at 4/7/00 12:47:30 PM

Thanks Graeme,

I spose it's the same with all of our seaside resorts they've just gone to rack and ruin, apart from maybe Blackpool which as you are well aware has a fantastic Pleasure Beach. As you say - sigh!!

I'm still waitng for the Swine to be bulit in Southend - on - Sea (my nearest seaside resort) I won't hold my breath.

Miles

> Clacton is my local seaside, but I can't
> really tell you anything about the Corkscrew
> on the pier. Unfortunately, I was young and
> too scared to ride it when it was about.
> Same goes for the earlier Safari ghost train
> (became the arcade), never mind. They are
> constructing a new ghost train as we speak.
> Before I was born, they even had a woodie on
> the pier (looked like a very large
> side-friction to me). As for the other
> park, there used to be a Butlins, which had
> a train ride and (earlier) a woodie (looked
> like the side-friction at Folkestone). Also,
> the Pavilion (it had a laughing clown)
> opposite the pier has still got a few
> amusements. The only attraction I remember
> is a Chamber of Horrors. Clacton is not
> what it was (sigh). Graeme.

Re: The Swine by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/8/00 11:32:10 AM

I am 50 mins from Southend, so I too am hoping they build the Swine - looper or not. Just imagine being able do drive out for the afternoon and ride something comparable to the Pepsi Max Big One!

Southend should be able to support a good park, as it is so near London, which is after all our Capital City! They have vastly expanded Peter Pan's over the past few years, haven't they? It's a bit like when Blackpool Pleasure Beach bought the other side of the road.

Graeme.

> Thanks Graeme, I spose it's the same with
> all of our seaside resorts they've just gone
> to rack and ruin, apart from maybe Blackpool
> which as you are well aware has a fantastic
> Pleasure Beach. As you say - sigh!! I'm
> still waitng for the Swine to be bulit in
> Southend - on - Sea (my nearest seaside
> resort) I won't hold my breath. Miles

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/10/00 4:38:36 AM

As you say Graeme, it would be great to be able to jump in the car drive for an hour and ride a great coaster. There is nothing near to London all the decent Theme Parks seem to be up North. I remember back in 1988 Maggie Thatcher annoucing that Battersea Power Station was to become a Theme Park called 'The Battersea' - what happened? - bugger all as usual.

There were so many great amusement parks in the South East that have either gone to pot or have been scrapped, Battersea Park, The Kursaal in Southend, which is now a poxy bowling alley.

I think it is about time we had a decent Theme Park in the South East, I know we've got Thorpe Park and Chessington, but there's nothing there that really sets the pulse racing. I hope they expand on the Swine and build a fully fledged park.

Miles

> I am 50 mins from Southend, so I too am
> hoping they build the Swine - looper or not.
> Just imagine being able do drive out for the
> afternoon and ride something comparable to
> the Pepsi Max Big One! Southend should be
> able to support a good park, as it is so
> near London, which is after all our Capital
> City! They have vastly expanded Peter Pan's
> over the past few years, haven't they? It's
> a bit like when Blackpool Pleasure Beach
> bought the other side of the road. Graeme.

Re: The Clacton Corkscrew by Cal at 4/10/00 6:40:29 AM

The woodie was a steel structured woodie called Steel Stella - unfortunately she burnt down and was demolished.
It's sad to think of all our lost woodies, but hey, life goes on.

Cal

Re: The Swine by Cal at 4/10/00 6:45:35 AM

I miss Battersea too - it was my favourite place a s a child, but unfortunately closed when I was 6, before I'd had chance to ride the woodie (although perhaps that's just as well). I do remember enjoying the water chute, tunnel of love and mine ride that was there. I also remember seeing the dive bombers and thinking they were huge and terrifying - but I rode some at Knoebels a couple of years ago and they seemed quite small!

Thorpe is supposed to be getting a B&M next year. The rumour I heard was racing inverters, but I can't confirm that. I do know someone who works there, however, and B&M personnel have definitely visited the park. So fingers crossed, eh?

Cal

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/10/00 9:19:41 AM

Wow Cal you went to Battersea, I am impressed. What year did it close, it was the early 70's wasn't it, sumfin to do with an accident on the Big Dipper.

I wish I could have gone there, but I was too young being born in 1968. I'd love to know how these woodies rode and who they were built by, I'm fascinated by old coasters that have been destroyed.

Yeah, I heard about B&M visiting Thopre Park too, if it's another water ride (B&M's first) I'll scream, they desparately need a decent coaster.

I'm a member of the RCCGB so I'm looking forward to the Blackpool Bash so I can get on some decent old woodies, are you a member too? This will be my 1st trip with the club so I'm really excited. Most of my mates think I'm potty, I suspect most of yours do too. Still, I can think of more boring hobbies like trainspotting or stamp collecting.

Miles.

> I miss Battersea too - it was my favourite
> place a s a child, but unfortunately closed
> when I was 6, before I'd had chance to ride
> the woodie (although perhaps that's just as
> well). I do remember enjoying the water
> chute, tunnel of love and mine ride that was
> there. I also remember seeing the dive
> bombers and thinking they were huge and
> terrifying - but I rode some at Knoebels a
> couple of years ago and they seemed quite
> small! Thorpe is supposed to be getting a
> B&M next year. The rumour I heard was racing
> inverters, but I can't confirm that. I do
> know someone who works there, however, and
> B&M personnel have definitely visited the
> park. So fingers crossed, eh? Cal

Re: The Swine by Cal at 4/11/00 5:35:59 AM

Hi Miles - you're only a year younger than me. I remember going to Battersea for my 4th birthday but I went plenty of other times too. It was gone when I was 6 - I think it closed in 74 but I'm not sure. There were lots of cool things there aside from the rides - a tree walk and the Hall of Winds (or something) were two things I remember. As I said I never rode the coaster but I was too small. Actually I didn't ride a coaster until I was 19, but I'm making up for it now!
I am in the RCCGB and have done lots of trips. It's well worth it. I won't be able to make the Bash this year which is a real shame, as I have a work commitment that weekend, but I should be out for some other trips later in the year. Don't worry about your friends - you'll make plenty through the club!

Cal

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/11/00 6:56:40 AM

Hi Cal,

That's a shame you can't make the Blackpool Bash. I know who you are now, your the one with the Bunny Ears on members profiles yes? ha ha ha tunabomber.

I've actually got a mate (Dan) coming with me, but I've spoken to a few members on E-mail and on the message boards, so it's a question of putting faces to names.

I think all my mates think that most of the members are a bit geeky, but I've seen the pictures I you're not at all you all look like a great bunch of people having a great time.

Miles.

PS what's your favourite Woodie and Steelie, mines the Coney Island Cyclone (awesome) and Nemesis although I adore the rush on Oblivion there's nothing else quite like it.

PPS I'm so excited about the new one at Cedar Point (Millennium Force) I can't believe that the 1st drop is over 300 ft and at 80 degrees. I will ride any coaster but I know if I came face to face with it I would be worried.

> Hi Miles - you're only a year younger than
> me. I remember going to Battersea for my 4th
> birthday but I went plenty of other times
> too. It was gone when I was 6 - I think it
> closed in 74 but I'm not sure. There were
> lots of cool things there aside from the
> rides - a tree walk and the Hall of Winds
> (or something) were two things I remember.
> As I said I never rode the coaster but I was
> too small. Actually I didn't ride a coaster
> until I was 19, but I'm making up for it
> now! I am in the RCCGB and have done lots
> of trips. It's well worth it. I won't be
> able to make the Bash this year which is a
> real shame, as I have a work commitment that
> weekend, but I should be out for some other
> trips later in the year. Don't worry about
> your friends - you'll make plenty through
> the club! Cal

Re: Lost Woodies by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/11/00 7:43:18 AM

I've always wondered why it was called that. I'm not that bothered about lost woodies anyway. As I've said before, I think engineering gets better.

> The woodie was a steel structured woodie
> called Steel Stella - unfortunately she
> burnt down and was demolished. It's sad to
> think of all our lost woodies, but hey, life
> goes on. Cal

Re: Coasters by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/11/00 3:35:37 PM

The way I see it, most people like roller coasters. They're just not as interested in the details as us.

Graeme.

> Most of my mates think
> I'm potty, I suspect most of yours do too.
> Still, I can think of more boring hobbies
> like trainspotting or stamp collecting.
> Miles.

Re: Thorpe Inverted Coaster by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/11/00 3:42:37 PM

I hope you're right. I'd rather have a Duelling Dragons than an Alpengeist/Montu. After all, it means two different tracks with different elements.

Graeme.

> I miss Battersea too - it was my favourite
> place a s a child, but unfortunately closed
> when I was 6, before I'd had chance to ride
> the woodie (although perhaps that's just as
> well). I do remember enjoying the water
> chute, tunnel of love and mine ride that was
> there. I also remember seeing the dive
> bombers and thinking they were huge and
> terrifying - but I rode some at Knoebels a
> couple of years ago and they seemed quite
> small! Thorpe is supposed to be getting a
> B&M next year. The rumour I heard was racing
> inverters, but I can't confirm that. I do
> know someone who works there, however, and
> B&M personnel have definitely visited the
> park. So fingers crossed, eh? Cal

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/11/00 4:01:16 PM

> Hi Cal, That's a shame you can't make the
> Blackpool Bash. I know who you are now, your
> the one with the Bunny Ears on members
> profiles yes? ha ha ha tunabomber. I've
> actually got a mate (Dan) coming with me,
> but I've spoken to a few members on E-mail
> and on the message boards, so it's a
> question of putting faces to names. I think
> all my mates think that most of the members
> are a bit geeky, but I've seen the pictures
> I you're not at all you all look like a
> great bunch of people having a great time.
> Miles. PS what's your favourite Woodie and
> Steelie, mines the Coney Island Cyclone
> (awesome) and Nemesis although I adore the
> rush on Oblivion there's nothing else quite
> like it. PPS I'm so excited about the new
> one at Cedar Point (Millennium Force) I
> can't believe that the 1st drop is over 300
> ft and at 80 degrees. I will ride any
> coaster but I know if I came face to face
> with it I would be worried.

Don't tell me,you don't like heights!!!There's a club-within-a-club here.If I had to walk down a lifthill 'cos a 'coaster had broken down ... well,let's just say they'd have to get a helicopter (HAHAHA!!!)I think I'll be having palpitations when I get to ride MF.So don't worry,you're not the only one.
PS.It's you're mates that are mad for not going with you :) C U @ Blackpool Bash.

Re: Coasters by Miles at 4/12/00 3:52:38 AM

Hi Graeme,

I think you're right there. My mates find it a amazing that I know all the manufacturers etc, they do enjoy riding them but no to the extent that I/we do.

Miles

> The way I see it, most people like roller
> coasters. They're just not as interested in
> the details as us. Graeme.

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/12/00 3:58:44 AM

Ha ha ha Lyndon, I hate heights, but I just force myself cos I love coasters SOOOOO much. I also can't stand spin 'n puke rides, they make me, well.... puke to be honest.

I did a bungee jump about 3 years ago of a crane and it was so really windy so the cage I was in was blowing all over the place at 300 ft I've never been so terrified. In fact I've yet to pluck up the courage to do a shot 'n drop cos of the height factor, I think I'll make the Ice Blaster at BPB my first, will you hold my hand :-))

CU @ Blackpool.

Cheers

Miles

Don't tell me,you don't like heights!!!There's a
> club-within-a-club here.If I had to walk
> down a lifthill 'cos a 'coaster had broken
> down ... well,let's just say they'd have to
> get a helicopter (HAHAHA!!!)I think I'll be
> having palpitations when I get to ride MF.So
> don't worry,you're not the only one.
> PS.It's you're mates that are mad for not
> going with you :) C U @ Blackpool Bash.

Re: Coasters by Cal at 4/12/00 5:33:22 AM

> Hi Graeme, I think you're right there. My
> mates find it a amazing that I know all the
> manufacturers etc, they do enjoy riding them
> but no to the extent that I/we do. Miles

I think of us like sports car enthusiasts. Most people enjoy going in a fast car but only a few are interested in torque and differentials and such.

Cal

Re: The Swine by Cal at 4/12/00 5:39:55 AM

Yeah that's me with the ears - the photo was taken in one of the shops at Six Flags Great America on the last USA trip - it was a little kid's Bugs Bunny hat so it was just perched on top of my big head.
My favourite woodie is Shivering Timbers and steelie is Kumba. I did the Cyclone a couple of years ago and wasn't very impressed - it was pretty rough and crawled around the turns. Perhaps it was having an off day. I did love the Georgia Cyclone though (a mirror image at Six Flags Over Georgia) - the thing almost qualifies as a stand-up!

Cal

Re: Coasters by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/12/00 7:25:43 AM

Yes, I mean parks wouldn't spend 10-20 million on coasters if they were a minority pursuit. I can understand people who are too frightened to ride or suffer from motion sickness, but I can't believe many people think they're actually boring.

Gra.

I think of us like sports car enthusiasts. Most
> people enjoy going in a fast car but only a
> few are interested in torque and
> differentials and such. Cal

Re: Coasters by Miles at 4/12/00 7:37:53 AM

Good analgy Cal, spot on.

Miles

I think of us like sports car enthusiasts. Most
> people enjoy going in a fast car but only a
> few are interested in torque and
> differentials and such. Cal

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/12/00 7:46:22 AM

I'm surpised you didn't like the Cyclone in NY, I thought it was awesome, still it goes to prove that coasters can be subjective.

I'd love to go to Busch Gardens in Florida, I'm hoping to go next year so fingers crossed.

So come on the what's the worst coaster you've been on, mine has to be The Grizzly by KECO I went on about 5 years ago in the States truely truely awful, no airtime, rough as rough can be, no laterals in fact nothing of any worth happened, the best bit was getting off.

Miles.

> Yeah that's me with the ears - the photo was
> taken in one of the shops at Six Flags Great
> America on the last USA trip - it was a
> little kid's Bugs Bunny hat so it was just
> perched on top of my big head. My favourite
> woodie is Shivering Timbers and steelie is
> Kumba. I did the Cyclone a couple of years
> ago and wasn't very impressed - it was
> pretty rough and crawled around the turns.
> Perhaps it was having an off day. I did love
> the Georgia Cyclone though (a mirror image
> at Six Flags Over Georgia) - the thing
> almost qualifies as a stand-up! Cal

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/12/00 7:33:14 PM

> Ha ha ha Lyndon, I hate heights, but I just
> force myself cos I love coasters SOOOOO
> much. I also can't stand spin 'n puke rides,
> they make me, well.... puke to be honest. I
> did a bungee jump about 3 years ago of a
> crane and it was so really windy so the cage
> I was in was blowing all over the place at
> 300 ft I've never been so terrified. In fact
> I've yet to pluck up the courage to do a
> shot 'n drop cos of the height factor, I
> think I'll make the Ice Blaster at BPB my
> first, will you hold my hand :-)) CU @
> Blackpool. Cheers Miles Don't tell me,you
> don't like heights!!!There's a

It took me three years to get the bottle up to do Vertigo (skycoaster) at Oakwood!!There's at least 3 of us in the club who have a problem with heights but I've never bottled out of riding a 'coaster,even if I've been sweating so much I couldn't grip the handrail (chortle)By the way,r u the one who stopped to talk to Jason at AT on April 2nd?

Re: The Swine by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/13/00 8:59:20 AM

My least favourite coaster is the Grand National.

Graeme.

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/14/00 5:44:14 AM

Hi Lyndon,

I am the guy who stopped to talk to Jason, were you there then? I was up there for my B'day with a load of mates, it was a great day and no queues - wonderful!!!

Miles.

It took me three years to get the bottle up to
> do Vertigo (skycoaster) at Oakwood!!There's
> at least 3 of us in the club who have a
> problem with heights but I've never bottled
> out of riding a 'coaster,even if I've been
> sweating so much I couldn't grip the
> handrail (chortle)By the way,r u the one who
> stopped to talk to Jason at AT on April 2nd?

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/14/00 6:39:04 PM

> My least favourite coaster is the Grand
> National. Graeme.

Why do you dislike this classic racing woody so much?Most people I've talked to rank it very highly.I respect your right to your own opinion,of course.I'm just curious 'cos I love that 'coaster!(in fact,it's in my top 3 with Shivering Timbers & Megafobia)Cheerz :)

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/15/00 8:47:57 PM

> Hi Lyndon, I am the guy who stopped to talk
> to Jason, were you there then? I was up
> there for my B'day with a load of mates, it
> was a great day and no queues - wonderful!!!
> Miles. It took me three years to get the
> bottle up to

Yep.I woz ... standing right behind Jazz,wearing a USA'99 tour jacket!.Great day for not q'ing up,wasn't it?

Re: The Swine by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/18/00 6:58:02 AM

Because I rode it a couple of times and it really cracked my back. It's just the first double-drop that I dislike - the way it launches you into a drop immediately after a large(ish) one. Unfortunately, it ruins it for me.

Graeme.

Why do you dislike this classic racing woody so
> much?Most people I've talked to rank it very
> highly.I respect your right to your own
> opinion,of course.I'm just curious 'cos I
> love that 'coaster!(in fact,it's in my top 3
> with Shivering Timbers &
> Megafobia)Cheerz :)

Re: The Swine by Miles at 4/18/00 9:57:17 AM

I know the lack of queues was suprising to be honest, I expected it to be heaving.

I had a great day, 8 on Nemesis and 8 on Oblivion.

Are you going the Blackpool Bash, sorry I may have already asked this.

Miles

Yep.I woz ... standing right behind Jazz,wearing
> a USA'99 tour jacket!.Great day for not
> q'ing up,wasn't it?

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/20/00 8:05:57 PM

> Because I rode it a couple of times and it
> really cracked my back. It's just the first
> double-drop that I dislike - the way it
> launches you into a drop immediately after a
> large(ish) one. Unfortunately, it ruins it
> for me. Graeme. Why do you dislike this
> classic racing woody so

Yeah...that bunny-hop on the first drop is vicious!I suppose it is a case of "one man's nectar..."Personally,I could name a half-dozen (non-uk)'coasters that would make GN feel smooth as silk (defensive riding posture essential!)

Re: The Swine by Lyndon at 4/20/00 8:10:54 PM

> I know the lack of queues was suprising to
> be honest, I expected it to be heaving. I
> had a great day, 8 on Nemesis and 8 on
> Oblivion. Are you going the Blackpool Bash,
> sorry I may have already asked this. Miles
> Yep.I woz ... standing right behind
> Jazz,wearing

Ohyesindeedy!I will be making my way up to Britain's "Roller-coast"(to rip-off a certain USA parks tag-line!)You up on Friday?If you are we'll see you in the Horse shoe bar about 8:00pm(Me,Jazz & Martian!)

Re: Grand National by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/21/00 2:40:45 PM

Next time I go, I'll try to get the front seat.

Graeme.

Yeah...that bunny-hop on the first drop is
> vicious!I suppose it is a case of "one
> man's nectar..."Personally,I could name
> a half-dozen (non-uk)'coasters that would
> make GN feel smooth as silk (defensive
> riding posture essential!)

Re: Grand National by Lyndon at 4/21/00 6:54:22 PM

> Next time I go, I'll try to get the front
> seat. Graeme. Yeah...that bunny-hop on the
> first drop is

Heh-heh!It is a bit calmer up front,but a cushion
might still be handy :)There's only a handful of 'coasters that I've ridden that can give you internal organ damage!!!