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The Reel/Nostalgia

Graeme Graeme Profile

Posted:
5/20/00 at
3:04:59 PM

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Aha, I knew you'd read this Fraser!

Seriously, have you seen the family reel at Great Yarmouth (Joyland, not Pleasure Beach)? As far as I can tell, it's a genuine reel and works the same way. The only thing is, it's a small ride, so you might feel a bit silly if you're by yourself.

Anyway, I've got a book about BPB, by Peter Bennett (I purchased it last year in the Big One shop). It hardly mentions the Virginia Reel. Do you know when it was taken down and have you ever been on it?

I really think BPB should re-create it, as it would be another great piece of nostalgia and would surely count as a 6th woodie, "wood"n't it?

Graeme.

Re: The Reel/Nostalgia by d n s u at 5/20/00 4:25:55 PM

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into BPB via the North Entrance to be met with a horrid monstrosity of a ride back in the early 1980's.

I'm not talking about The Reel, I'm talking about the ride that had taken its place..some sort of massive Rocket that spun 360 degrees whilst people screamed and lost their loose change at the same time!

The Reel was a classic ride, albeit short, but I knew of no similar ride like it.

My memory is a little cloudy but I remember the round cars holding about 8 people and climbing to the top of a hill rather slowly.(This at a time when the North monorail station was to the right of the climb.)

At the top the ride, as its name suggests, the car reeled from left to right until the bottom when you had to hold on for dear life as there were spokes in the track that made the passengers (twice) literally jump from their seats as the car hurtld faster and faster towards a tunnel.

Once in the (strange smelling) tunnel the car followed a track 180 degrees back to the station.

I loved the way passengers had to hold on to the bar behind them in the car (or around the circumference of the car). When I first rode it in 1972 it cost 15p!

..The Big Top Circus and cash machines now stand in this hallowed spot..

..Yeah, bring it back!...

Re: The Reel/Nostalgia by Graeme Graeme Profile at 5/20/00 4:42:56 PM

> I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into BPB
> via the North Entrance to be met with a horrid
> monstrosity of a ride back in the early 1980's.

As late as the early '80s? That's a surprise.

> At the top the ride, as its name suggests, the
> car reeled from left to right until the bottom
> when you had to hold on for dear life as there
> were spokes in the track that made the passengers
> (twice) literally jump from their seats as the
> car hurtld faster and faster towards a tunnel.

Honestly, that's just what this ride at Great Yarmouth's "Joyland" does, except on a tiny scale, with the lift on the left. No spokes or tunnel, though.

If anyone's on the East coast, check it out (and the wooden coaster at the Pleasure Beach) to see if it's a Reel or not.

Graeme.

Re: The Reel/Nostalgia by Fraser Fraser Profile at 5/20/00 5:05:47 PM

> I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into BPB
> via the North Entrance to be met with a horrid
> monstrosity of a ride back in the early 1980's.

> I'm not talking about The Reel, I'm talking about
> the ride that had taken its place..some sort of
> massive Rocket that spun 360 degrees whilst
> people screamed and lost their loose change at
> the same time!

> The Reel was a classic ride, albeit short, but I
> knew of no similar ride like it.

> My memory is a little cloudy but I remember the
> round cars holding about 8 people and climbing to
> the top of a hill rather slowly.(This at a time
> when the North monorail station was to the right
> of the climb.)

> At the top the ride, as its name suggests, the
> car reeled from left to right until the bottom
> when you had to hold on for dear life as there
> were spokes in the track that made the passengers
> (twice) literally jump from their seats as the
> car hurtld faster and faster towards a tunnel.

> Once in the (strange smelling) tunnel the car
> followed a track 180 degrees back to the station.

> I loved the way passengers had to hold on to the
> bar behind them in the car (or around the
> circumference of the car). When I first rode it
> in 1972 it cost 15p!

> ..The Big Top Circus and cash machines now stand
> in this hallowed spot..

> ..Yeah, bring it back!...

This just about fits in with my memory of it when I rode it as a teeny tot way back in the early 70's. I remember my Gran's falseteeth almost came out, and I screamed for dear life as it got pretty violent (in a fun way) towards the end.
It was a great short, sharp shock.
Must make a trip to Great Yarmouth.
There are pictures of the reel on a blackpool pleasure beach b/w photography site.

Re: The Small Reel by Graeme Graeme Profile at 5/20/00 5:25:58 PM

OK, but please remember, it IS a children's ride. I just don't want you to be disappointed.

The woodie at the Pleasure Beach is good though. It's about 70ft tall.

If you're in the area, Pleasurewood Hills is a nice theme park with a Schwarzkopf. I think it's a Jumbo Jet, but I'm really not sure.

If you want photos of the Schwarzkopf, or the woodie, e-mail me:

reedrichards2000@yahoo.com

Graeme.

> Must make a trip to Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Links by Graeme Graeme Profile at 5/21/00 9:58:48 AM

Here are some links:

http://www.americanmidway.com/reviews/UK/day8.html

http://members.tripod.co.uk/Joyland/

http://www.americanmidway.com/pictures/GreatYarmouth/

Graeme.

Re: The Reel/Nostalgia by d n s u at 5/21/00 1:35:00 PM

> This just about fits in with my memory of it when
> I rode it as a teeny tot way back in the early
> 70's. I remember my Gran's falseteeth almost came
> out, and I screamed for dear life as it got
> pretty violent (in a fun way) towards the end.
> It was a great short, sharp shock.
> Must make a trip to Great Yarmouth.
> There are pictures of the reel on a blackpool
> pleasure beach b/w photography site.

So.. it was YOUR gran's false teeth I found then...

Seriously though, around the third or forth time I rode it, me and my little sis shared a car with a group of Hell's Angels! We had tried to tempt a group of people to go in front of us but to no avail!

The guy who looked to be their leader had obviously never ridden it before as he lay sprawled across the circular bench attempting to look 'in control of things'..I remember thinking that he was going to become a cropper at the bottom of the ride and I had these visions of me head butting him when the spokes took effect and then all his mates laying into me in the tunnel!

Luckily, he became uncool and decided to hold on as the ride gathered speed. My digital crystal red display watch flew off at the bottom but that was about all...Thank God!

I can only think that the ride contravened health and safety or that it just didn't pay its way...There were never any queues for it... The year 2000 would be an ideal time to bring it back...Write to your MP now!

Re: The Small Reel (Tyrolean Tubs) by Graeme Graeme Profile at 5/21/00 1:43:29 PM

It might be a coaster, it might be a Reel, but I should add that it runs on concrete, so it's not a woodie.

Graeme.

> Honestly, that's just what this ride at Great
> Yarmouth's "Joyland" does, except on a
> tiny scale, with the lift on the left. No spokes
> or tunnel, though.

> If anyone's on the East coast, check it out (and
> the wooden coaster at the Pleasure Beach) to see
> if it's a Reel or not.

> Graeme.

Re: Great Yarmouth Links by Fraser Fraser Profile at 5/22/00 4:04:31 AM

> Here are some links:

>
> http://www.americanmidway.com/reviews/UK/day8.html
> http://members.tripod.co.uk/Joyland/
> http://www.americanmidway.com/pictures/GreatYarmouth/
> Graeme.

Just looked at those pictures of Tyrolean Tubtwist.
The Reel at BPB was definitely much bigger and nastier.

Re: The Reel/Nostalgia by Cal at 5/22/00 7:22:35 AM

I used to go to Blackpool as a child although I was terrified of any rides with drops so I didn't do a coaster until I was 19. I do have vague recollections of riding the Reel though, but since I can't be 100% sure (like I can really remember riding Derby Racer, Alice and River Caves back then) I don't include it on my coaster count.

Cal