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May 23, 2015

Classic Carowinds Roller Coaster Taking Final Laps

Charlotte, N.C. – Roller coaster fans have between now and July 26 to get in a final ride on Thunder Road. This classic wooden coaster will carry its last guests on July 26, 2015. Carowinds is retiring the ride to make room for future expansion, which is part of a more than $50 million, multi-year investment plan.

Thunder Road Racing Wood Roller Coaster Carowinds
The final farewell to the Thunder Road roller coaster will be July 26, 2015. Riders have until then to get in a final ride on this Carowinds classic.

Named after the 1958 movie, Thunder Road, the roller coaster features twin, parallel racing tracks where trains reach a top speed of 45 miles-per-hour. The roller coaster also has another unique attribute– it crosses the border of North Carolina and South Carolina, so riders ride in two different States.

Thunder Road Facts

  • The roller coaster was built using 539,000 feet of treated wood at a cost of $1.6 million.
  • Thunder Road is modeled after the Racer, another classic wooden racing coaster at sister park Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Thunder Road was originally covered in 5,500 gallons of red, white and blue paint.
  • From 1995 to 2008, one of the trains faced backward giving riders an even greater thrill.

The last train on Thunder Road will ride the rails at 10:00 pm on July 26. Guests have until then to get one last ride on this classic roller coaster before it becomes part of Carowinds history.

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