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Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If...

Graeme Graeme Profile

Posted:
5/31/00 at
2:45:03 PM

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...it had more lanes. I've heard the Coney Island original had 8 lanes. This would be high-maintenance, but could be countered by having just one lift-hill.

Imagine a real, eight-lane race!

Graeme.

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Cal at 6/1/00 5:32:34 AM

> ...it had more lanes. I've heard the Coney Island
> original had 8 lanes. This would be
> high-maintenance, but could be countered by
> having just one lift-hill.

> Imagine a real, eight-lane race!

> Graeme.

Maybe, but they rarely open the third lane so I'm not sure what they'd do with the additional five, even if they could find space for them!
The original Coney Island Steeplechase did look great (from the pics I've seen of it) though. It's such a shame that a lot of those great Coney Island rides were torn down --. it's a real dump there now! I'm glad our own Coney Island, Blackpool, is being looked after.

Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Miles at 6/1/00 10:18:30 AM

I've only ridden the Steeplechase a few times (Arrow aint it?) and everytime I'm convinced I'm gonna fall off, how there hasn't been an accident on it I'll never now - still it's great fun.

Miles

> Maybe, but they rarely open the third lane so I'm
> not sure what they'd do with the additional five,
> even if they could find space for them!
> The original Coney Island Steeplechase did look
> great (from the pics I've seen of it) though.
> It's such a shame that a lot of those great Coney
> Island rides were torn down --. it's a real dump
> there now! I'm glad our own Coney Island,
> Blackpool, is being looked after.

> Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Cal at 6/1/00 1:03:48 PM

> I've only ridden the Steeplechase a few times
> (Arrow aint it?) and everytime I'm convinced I'm
> gonna fall off, how there hasn't been an accident
> on it I'll never now - still it's great fun.

> Miles

I know a lot of people don't like to go in front because of the foot-chopper effects. I don't mind so much - I used to ride real horses after all!

Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Graeme Graeme Profile at 6/1/00 1:14:03 PM

"Foot-chopper" effects? I thought they were limited to inverted coasters.

Graeme.

> I know a lot of people don't like to go in front
> because of the foot-chopper effects. I don't mind
> so much - I used to ride real horses after all!

> Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by d n s u at 6/1/00 5:04:53 PM

If I'm not mistaken the ride was originally called Steeplechase 2000.

I've always enjoyed riding it but for the jolt at the end when the horse breaks. The station is brilliant but the ride itself is over far too quickly. When it first opened it drew large crowds to the less populated south side of BPB. I've not ridden it for several years now and I believe a Chinese Maze and Go Carts have been built near it where once "Old McDonald's Farm" once stood.

About 10 years back I rode the Soap Box Racers at Knottsberry Farm, California. The track layout was almost exactly the same as the Steeplechase albeit you rode a 'Soap Box' rather than a horse. Being nearer to the ground gave the enhanced feeling of speed..Alas I believe it is no more..Can anyone out there shed any light on this..? And whilst on the subject of Knottsberry Farm...
Is the human driven Gold Mine still there?
...Seems everthing I ride disappears ten years later..

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Cal at 6/2/00 5:57:28 AM

> If I'm not mistaken the ride was originally
> called Steeplechase 2000.

> I've always enjoyed riding it but for the jolt at
> the end when the horse breaks. The station is
> brilliant but the ride itself is over far too
> quickly. When it first opened it drew large
> crowds to the less populated south side of BPB.
> I've not ridden it for several years now and I
> believe a Chinese Maze and Go Carts have been
> built near it where once "Old McDonald's
> Farm" once stood.

> About 10 years back I rode the Soap Box Racers at
> Knottsberry Farm, California. The track layout
> was almost exactly the same as the Steeplechase
> albeit you rode a 'Soap Box' rather than a horse.
> Being nearer to the ground gave the enhanced
> feeling of speed..Alas I believe it is no
> more..Can anyone out there shed any light on
> this..? And whilst on the subject of Knottsberry
> Farm...
> Is the human driven Gold Mine still there?
> ...Seems everthing I ride disappears ten years
> later..

Yes, the goldmine ride is still there! The Soapbox Racers track is in storage somewhere - now that Knotts is owned by Cedar Fair it could turn up at one of several parks in the future.

Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Cal at 6/2/00 5:59:48 AM

> "Foot-chopper" effects? I thought they
> were limited to inverted coasters.

> Graeme.

Some of the fences are very close to your feet, and re-entering the station platform causes more than a few people to flinch...

Cal

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by Graeme Graeme Profile at 6/2/00 1:26:14 PM

Please, please, please stay away from Nemesis!

Graeme.

> ...Seems everthing I ride disappears ten years
> later..

Re: Steeplechase Would Be Even Better If... by d n s u at 6/2/00 4:13:59 PM

> Please, please, please stay away from Nemesis!

> Graeme.

Relax...You have at least another six years enjoyment..

PS...How's the Thunderlooper riding these days??