November 28, 2007
Monticello, IN -- After weeks of dropping hints on their park blog Indiana Beach Amusement Park announced their newest attraction Steel Hawg, a brand-new family roller coaster. The sixth roller coaster at the park will also be the park's first to take riders upside down. Steel Hawg will also be notable since it will be the first coaster of its kind in the United States.
"When we debuted The Hoosier Hurricane in 1994, it was the first new wooden coaster the state had seen in over fifty years," offered Tom Spackman, Jr. of Indiana Beach. "Now, with the Steel Hawg, we'll be able to continue that thrilling tradition and take our guests on an entirely unique ride on the state's first custom steel coaster."
Readers of the Indiana Beach blog "View From The Crow's Nest" were the first to learn of this new attraction. The park has been hinting about the new roller coaster for weeks and finally revealed everything on Monday.
Designed and manufactured by S&S Worldwide of Logan, Utah, Steel Hawg will rise 96-feet and feature a 120-degree first drop along with multiple inversions. S&S also produced Indiana Beach's popular Double Shot tower thrill ride and the Frog Hopper kiddie ride.
"We've had an excellent relationship with S&S over the years and we're looking forward to continuing that relationship with Steel Hawg," said Spackman.
"The coaster will be a very distinctive ride with tight turns, 90º banks, inversions, and one-of-a-kind elements. However, with a height limit of 48 inches, it's also a ride designed for families to enjoy together."
Indiana Beach will construct Steel Hawg on the north side of the park near the Hoosier Hurricane and Rocky's Rapids Log Flume rides.
One of the largest ride investments in the park's history, Steel Hawg is scheduled to debut in mid-May. Indiana Beach opens for its 83rd season on May 3, 2008.
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