American Coaster Enthusiasts: ROLLERCOASTER!

Below is a summary of the articles and reports that have appeared in ROLLERCOASTER!, which features much more than can be detailed here. Issues 1—12 were called Coaster World. This page has been made possible with the kind assistance of ACE.
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ACE001[Magazine Vol.1/No.1: Winter 1979. 22x28cm – 12 Pages – 6 B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Prospect ’79 (1979= “The Beast” for Kings Island, “Rolling Thunder Racers” for Great Adventure). “Welcome to COASTER WORLD, the official newsletter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts. The idea to form A.C.E took shape in 1977…”; CoasteRating – Allen Ambrosini. Close-up on Iowa – Riverview Park’s “Roller Coaster,” Adventureland’s “Tornado,” and Arnolds Park’s “Giant Coaster.” A day in the life of the Crystal Beach Comet. Ups and downs – Bob Cartmell completes his new book “Roller Coaster Fever,” and “Euclid Beach Park Is Closed For The Season” is presented to the A.C.E Archives by Lee Bush. CoasTeRIVIA – How the Grand Strand Amusement Park’s “Swamp Fox” roller coaster got its name. Editorial – recently closed parks: Dandilion Park, Ocean View Park, and West View Park, +save Belmont Park’s “Earthquake.” Editor’s note (ACE welcomes members’ feedback). [visit ACE]


ACE002[Magazine Vol.1/No.2: Spring 1979. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – 14 B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The Beast – two views (by Richard Munch and Paul Greenwald). Coaster Con 2 – tentative schedule 15-17 June. You won’t find “Swoop Turn” in the dictionary – roller coaster terminology explained. Close-up on California #1 +Magic Mountain’s “Colossus” fatality, Belmont Park’s closed “Earthquake,” Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Frontier Village. One day in Kennywood. Ups and downs – Bob Cartmell’s book “Roller Coaster Fever” is out soon, Richard Rodriguez eyes fifth marathon title, Michael Edwards’ film “Cyclone” nominated for an award. CoasTeRIVIA – 18 Q&As. Dandilion Park’s “Tailspin” roller coaster to be razed. “Unforgettable Salisbury Beach” by Roberta Gluzband. News (+Disney, Libertyland, Valleyfair!, Busch Gardens, Buckeye Lake, Oshkosh, Riverview Des Moines, and Six Flags Magic Mountain). [Back cover: The interlocking loops of Busch Gardens’ “The Loch Ness Monster”]. [visit ACE]


ACE003[Magazine Vol.1/No.3: Summer 1979. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Ocean View Park’s Rocket coaster destroyed for “The Death of Ocean View Park” movie. John C. Allen 1907-1979 (obituary). Coaster Con II highlights (+members’ comments, random thoughts, and thank yous). Colorado coastin’ – Elitch Gardens and Lakeside +Mister Twister – twisting misters. Christening of the Lightning Racer (1913-1915 ‘Redondo Beach Reflex’ news +Kim the coaster-riding dog, +Giant Dipper, etc.). Idora Park’s Wildcat – a power-house of thrills. One evening at Idora Park (report). Close-up on California #2 – Marriott’s Great America’s “Turn of the Century,” “Gulf Coaster,” “Willard’s Whizzer,” and “Tidal Wave” roller coasters. Ups and downs – Vincent Price hosts “America Screams,” New books, +Richard Rodriguez’s marathons news. Roller Coaster Scramble (Wordsearch by Roy J. Brashears). “I Lost It On The Beast” by Scotty Ferguson. [Front cover: Ocean View Park’s “Rocket” inferno. Back cover: The 135ft drop on “The Beast”]. [visit ACE]


ACE004[Magazine Vol.1/No.4: 1980. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: A message from Richard Munch (ACE president). Top ten coasters (by Robert Cartmell, Richard Munch, Allen Ambrosini, Mike Danshaw, and Paul Greenwald). Disneyland opens Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Disney does it with style. Southern style coastin’ – Carowinds, Six Flags Over Georgia, Barnum and Bailey Circus World, Miracle Strip, Petticoat Junction, Funway Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach, Buckroe Beach, Playland Park, Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens +photos of each, etc. Ups and downs – news +Worlds of Fun open “Orient Express,” Six Flags Over Texas open “Judge Roy Scream,” etc. New England coasters +Old Orchard Beach, Savin Rock, Paragon Park, Mountain Park, Lincoln Park, etc. Carl Eichelman completes 500 rides on the Beast. Cajun coastin’ in Louisiana +Lake Ponchartrain’s Zephyr. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Colossus” reopens after re-profiling. Coaster art by Paul Bradford. [Front and back covers: A roller coaster montage]. [visit ACE]


ACE005[Magazine Vol.2/No.1&2: 1980. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: “Roller coaster preservation – a vital issue.” Kennywood’s “new” Racer of 1927 (a 4-page feature). Indianapolis’ Riverside Amusement Park +the rise and fall of the Flash (a 5-page feature). Coaster Dips – Glen Echo Park. Willow Grove Park +Alps Scenic Railway and Thunderbolt. The roller coasters of Japan +Nara Dreamland, Hiroshima Natalie Park, Osaka Expoland, and Hanayashiki Park. The Crystal Beach Cyclone – the most frightening roller coaster of all time? “I’m A Grand Old Man” (John Page discusses Crystal Beach Park’s Giant Coaster). Cascade Park in Pennsylvania – not just another Comet. Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain. An interview with Peter R. Schnabel – Intamin Inc. The Demon unleashed at Great America. ACE election results. [Front cover: Razing West View Park’s “Racing Whippet.” Back cover: Aerial view of Marriott’s Great America’s “American Eagle” construction]. [visit ACE]


ACE006[Magazine Vol.2/No.3: 1981. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: “American Eagle” rises at Great America +fact sheet. The Bat – Kings Island’s new suspended thriller +fact sheet. The original suspended coaster – Norman Bell Geddes’ design for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Canada’s Wonderland opens in May ‘81. ACE interviews Robert Cartmell (a 3-page feature). Toboggan & Hayrides, Inc. Coaster Comix (cartoon). Lone Star coastin’ – Summer ’81 (Coaster Con IV announced, San Antonio’s Playland Park is closed +Rocket faces demolition, Six Flags Over Texas is 20 years old). Confessions of a marathoner – 23½ hours riding Judge Roy Scream (a 4-page feature). Coaster Con III – a Kennywood remembrance (10-pages with “ACE Faces”). How ACE has grown (Coaster Con I, II, and III attendance comparisons). Coaster Con III ½ coverage. ACE profile – John Miner Caruthers. [Front and back covers: Marriott’s Great America’s “American Eagle”]. [visit ACE]


ACE007[Magazine Vol.3/No.1: Spring 1982. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Consumer’s Products Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations. Letters to the editor. News and events – Lake Compounce Coaster Day, Edgewater Park closes, The “Grizzly” opens at Kings Dominion, ACE is 1,000 members strong, Belmont Park’s Earthquake saved, etc. Viper strikes at Darien Lake. ACE membership director – Clarence C. Hintze (profile). Kings Island’s Racer – a decade later (a 3-page feature). IAAPA Convention ’81 news and photos. Ups and downs (3 pages of news). Chuck Davis’ 1981 park visits. Coaster Con IV (10 pages). William L. Cobb interview (4 pages). National Theme Park Museum for Ohio. David Escalante’s roller coaster models. Recollections of the Coney Island “Tornado.” Guess the coaster – unknown “Comet.” David Oster’s art. Coaster Crossword (Richard Munch). ACE profile – Byron Derek Shaw. [Front cover: Kings Island’s “Racer.” Back cover: Kings Dominion’s “Grizzly”]. [visit ACE]


ACE008[Magazine Vol.3/No.2: Summer 1982. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Editorial. Letters to the editor. News and events – Lincoln Park opening day, World’s Fair ’82, Lee’s time tunnel – coastin’ through Billboard magazine. “Super Cyclone” (Coney Island story by Chuck Davis). Ups and downs (2 pages of news). Mike Danshaw’s 1981 park visits. Joe’s corner / member’s views. Hersheypark hosts Coaster Con 5 +Hersheypark’s roller coaster statistics. Richard Munch interview (3 pages). Coaster cartoons. Will Belmont Park’s Earthquake survive? Model roller coasters – part 1 (8 pages and 29 models). Recollections of West View Park’s “Racing Whippet.” ACE Feud / quiz. Super preservationist – Melvin Williams. Guess the coaster – unidentified PTC coaster (+answer from issue #7 = “Comet” at Suburban Park in New York). Robert Cartmell’s art. Issue #7 crossword answers. ACE profile – Katherine Schwartz. [Front cover: “Science Screamer” (model). Back cover: Belmont Park’s “Earthquake”]. [visit ACE]


ACE009[Magazine Vol.3/No.3: Fall/Winter 1982/83. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Introduction. Letters to the editor. News and events – Coaster wedding, Don Helbig rides Kings Island’s “Racer” 3,000 times. Summer Con ’82 – Coney Island. Marineland’s coaster latest. Conneaut Lake Park’s “Blue Streak” – an overlooked classic. Election ’82. Close-up on Mexico City’s La Montaña Rusa. Ups and downs (2 pages of news). Bake-A-Coaster (cake). Coaster Con 5 retrospective (10 pages). Model roller coasters – part 2 (3 pages / 24 models’ statistics). TV Misguide (humour from Harvey Steffke). Paragon Park – a historical view (4 pages). Books reviews – “Pictorial History of Revere Beach” by Peter McCauley, and “I Remember Sunnyside” by Mike Filey. Guess the coaster [picture]. Paul Bradford’s art. ACE Merchandise. ACE profile – Douglas Van Ekström-Ahlby. Vancouver’s Playland Coaster (3 images). [Front cover: Paragon Park’s “Giant Coaster.” Back cover: Mexico’s “La Montaña Rusa”]. [visit ACE]


ACE010[Magazine Vol.4/No.1: Spring 1983. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Colour cover, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Editorial. Letters to the editor. Coaster mysteries (urban legends, and Woodcliffe Park on the Hudson and their “Blue Streak” coaster). Preservation notes – George Siessel. Elitch’s Mr Twister (3 pages). Lakeside’s Cyclone (3 pages). Time track (story by Harvey Steffke). “The roller coaster as very high art” by Ed Cowley. Opinions of Great Adventures’ Rolling Thunder racer. (3 pages). IAAPA Convention ’83 news. Carl Eichelman interview (4 pages). ACE profiles – Tom Halterman, Tom Hellstrom, Elaine Owen Hooley, Robert Thomas Hooley and John Page. Coaster Comix (cartoon). Marineland’s coaster latest. “retsaoC hcraeS” (Wordsearch puzzle). ACE Merchandise. Richard Munch’s “Harry G. Traver – Legends of Terror” book details. A guide to preparing material for Coaster World magazine. [Front cover: The station of Lakeside’s “Cyclone Coaster.” Back cover: A drop on the “Cyclone Coaster”]. [visit ACE]


ACE011[Magazine Vol.4/No.2: Summer 1983. 22x28cm – 44 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Editorial. Letters to the editor. Preservation notes – George Siessel. “The front seat” (Liucija Ambrosini). The Ponchartrain Beach Zephyr (4 pages). My favourite roller coaster that was never built (Robert Cartmell looks at Patent applications). An act of preservation (Lee O. Bush). Amusement Park Journal (advert). A Non-Top-Ten Top-Ten – three cheers for the underdog. Coaster wars of the 1920s (Joe Heflin looks at park promotion tactics). Crystal Beach Park “Comet” comments (3 pages). State Fair Park’s “Skyliner” endangered. 11 ACE profiles. The ACE anthology of poems (Harvey Steffke). European Coasters. Coney Island’s Thunderbolt (3 pages). Farewell Springlake Park (2 pages +demolition). Classified ads. [Front cover: Ponchartrain Beach’s “Zephyr.” Back cover: The “Zephyr” heads for the tunnel]. [visit ACE]


ACE012[Magazine Vol.4/No.3: Fall 1983. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Lake Compounce “Wildcat” opinions. Editorial. Letters to the editor. Third railers (Robert Cartmell details third rail roller coasters +Ocean Park California, Fort George New York, etc.). Preservation notes – George Siessel. Traver Cyclones – re-examination (6 pages). The treacherous Massachusetts Riverside “Cyclone” +Anthropomorphic sandbags (6 pages). Coaster Con 6 (11 pages of photos and comments). Classified ads. Movie review: National Lampoon’s Vacation. Boots and coasters (Harvey Steffke’s Western slant on Coaster Con 6). “It’s the research that counts” by Renee O’Connell. 12 ACE profiles. Lost 1920s Prior and Church coasters +Woodcliffe Park’s “Blue Streak,” Ocean Park’s “Giant Dipper,” etc. ACE Media Day at Idora Park. Vacation corner – B. Derek Shaw (+Valleyfair!, Adventureland, Deer Park, and Dickenson County Amusement Park). [Front and back covers: An aerial view of the Riverside “Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE013[Magazine Vol.5/No.1: Winter 1984. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Merchandise. A note from the editor. Amusement park tickets – their disappearance is our loss (Ed Cowley). “Chain lift at midnight” (a story by Chuck Kuenneth). La Marcus Adna Thompson 1848-1919 (4 pages by Paul Ruben: L.A. Thompson +1984 marks the roller coaster’s centennial, ice slides, Russian mountains, switchback railways, Mauch Chunk, etc.). Kings Island’s King Cobra preview – opening soon. Upcoming ACE/Kings Island special conference details. Can we save San Antonio’s “Rocket”? (4 pages of comments and photos). Movie reviews: Dead Zone and Brainstorm. Coaster Rebus (Harvey Steffke’s pictorial riddles). Boblo Park and the Sky Streek roller coaster hold on. Classified ads. Coaster anacrostic (roller coaster puzzle). ACE finances / statement. [Front and back covers: Various views of Playland’s endangered “Rocket” coaster, located in San Antonio, Texas]. [visit ACE]


ACE014[Magazine Vol.5/No.2: Spring 1984. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Colour cover, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Lakemont Park’s “Leap the Dips” opinions. Members’ opinions and suggestions. 20 great lost roller coasters (4 pages: Robert Cartmell). Preservation notes – George Siessel. Books for sale. Rye Playland’s “Aeroplane” (7 pages by Joe Heflin: +historical perspective, legacy, the ride, the overzealous new insurance company, enter Intamin, Aeroplane rumours). 100 years of little known coaster facts (4 pages). Crystal Beach Park (5 pages). Centennial series part 1 – “The roller coaster’s origins 1872-1890s” (4 pages: Renee O’Connell). John Page interview (4 pages). Bob Cartmell’s coaster drawings. Coney Island’s unusual coasters (+Ice Railway, Flip-Flap, Leap-the-Gap, Leap Frog Railway, The Cyclone Bowl Coaster, etc.). 10 ACE profiles. Flying Turns’ history +Intamin’s new Olympic Bobs. Roller coasters on film. Intamin’s triple looper (model). Photo caption contest. Classified ads. Merchandise. [Front and back covers: Twilight views of the Crystal Beach “Comet”]. [visit ACE]


ACE015[Magazine Vol.5/No.3: Summer 1984. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Back issues are available. Opinions and suggestions. Classified ads. A gallery of coaster cars (4 pages). Preservation notes – George Siessel. Recollections of the Long Beach “Cyclone Racer” (3 pages). Centennial series part 2 – “The roller coaster debuts at the novel amusement park” (6 pages: Renee O’Connell). Conference III coverage (photos, comments, poems, etc.). Dream coasters – Randy Geisler. The Canadian National Exhibition Flyer +CNE Flyer model. Roller coasters in miniature (Michael Horwood’s “Mighty Hurricane” and Paul Greenwald’s “Great White Wonder” models). 15 ACE profiles. Unusual roller coasters (+Flying Turns, whoopee track, third railers, enclosed tunnel coasters, electric suspended airplane coasters, revolving tub coasters, Saltair reverser, portable coasters). Cedar Point “Blue Streak” 20th birthday bash. [Front cover: Aerial view of Long Beach’s “Cyclone Racer.” Back cover: Cedar Point’s “Blue Streak” +opinions]. [visit ACE]


ACE016[Magazine Vol.5/No.4: Fall 1984. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Merchandise. Opinions and suggestions. Preservation notes – George Siessel. Rye Playland commendation (27 July 1984). Aeroplane coaster (7 photos). “Walking the track” – personal opinions concerning roller coaster enthusiasm (Randy Geisler). Flight – the Wright brothers and roller coasters (3 pages: Robert Cartmell). The Crystal Beach “Cyclone” remembered (4 pages). Coaster Con 7 scrapbook (11 pages of photos, stories, comments, etc.). Centennial series part 3 – “The roller coaster’s golden age” (5 pages: Renee O’Connell). Photo caption contest. Tracking down the Wolf (Roy Brashears). Riverview Park’s final coaster – the Jetstream. 8 ACE profiles. Unusual roller coasters (+Teeter coaster, scenic spiral wheel, enclosed tunnel coasters, cyclone bowls, Flying Turns). [Front cover: Aerial view of Rye Playland’s “Dragon Coaster” and “Aeroplane.” Back cover: Busch Gardens’ “Big Bad Wolf”]. [visit ACE]


ACE017[Magazine Vol.6/No.2: Spring 1985. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Colour cover, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: “Walking the track” – personal opinions concerning portable rides (Randy Geisler). IAAPA trade show 1985 (3 pages). Notes on roller coaster etiquette. Buckroe Beach Park 1896-1985 (6 page feature). Classified ads. ACE movie guide – Harvey Steffke. European coaster notebook (7 pages: +Blackpool Pleasure Beach is 80 years young, Paul and Joy Bradford’s Grand National honeymoon, the roller coasters of England (table). Coasting through Europe (7 pages: +Roller coasters on the continent (table), Himalayabahn, Dreier Looping, Efteling, Phantasialand, etc.). “I was an ACE member for the KGB” (roller coaster fiction). A personal history of the “Lily Street Lightning” (4 pages: Kim and Carol Pederson and their backyard skateboard coaster). ACE movie guide. Dana Morgan interview (4 pages). [Front cover: Liseberg’s “Bergbanan.” Back cover: Paragon Park’s “Giant Coaster” illuminated at night]. [visit ACE]


ACE018[Magazine Vol.6/No.3: 1985. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Colour cover, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Six Flags AstroWorld’s “Texas Cyclone” opinions (8 pages). Letters, opinions and suggestions. “Walking the track” – personal opinions concerning roller coaster enthusiasm (Randy Geisler). Classified ads. Editorial. 12 ACE profiles. Preservation notes – George Siessel. Palisades Park – “Lake Placid Bobsled” 1937-1946 (3 pages of photos from the Craig Casten collection). Euclid Beach Park – “Flying Turns” 1930-1969 (2 pages of photos from the Craig Casten collection). By the time I get to… Knoebels’ Phoenix (7 page report by Mike Schafer). Charles Dinn interview (half a page). ACE Kings Dominion conference (4 pages of photos and a report from Tim Dagg). See roller coasters in a new way using infrared film (3 pages by Robert Cartmell). ACE day at Boblo (1 page report). [Front and back covers: Six Flags AstroWorld’s “Texas Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE019[Magazine Vol.6/No.4: 1986. 22x28cm – 44 Pages – 10 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Six Flags Over Mid-America’s “Screamin’ Eagle” opinions (5 pages). Letters, opinions and suggestions. Classified ads. Editorial. Preservation notes, changes in park evolution – George Siessel. The Spirit of ACE. 9 ACE profiles (RollerCoaster! publication staff). “Sliding through Coaster Con VIII” (5 pages: a rainy event at Mountain Park, Rocky Point Park, Whalom Park, Rye Playland and Riverside +slide contest winners). Yankee doodle dippers (6 pages: ACE visits Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Southport Pleasureland and Morecambe Pleasure Park). European Coaster caravan (2 pages: ACE visits Duren Fair, Heide Park, Phantasialand, etc.). “The French roller coaster 1816-1850s” (5 pages). Texas’ Wonderland Park debuts “Texas Tornado” (3 pages). Six Flags Great America’s “Z-Force” (2 page review). Cedar Point’s “Avalanche Run” (1 page review). La Ronde’s “Le Monstre” (4 page review). [Front cover: Image capturing ‘The Spirit of ACE.’ Back cover: The deepest dip on Six Flags Over Mid-America’s “Screamin’ Eagle”]. [visit ACE]


ACE020[Magazine Vol.7/No.2: 1986. 22x28cm – 44 Pages – 11 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Paragon Park’s “Giant Coaster” reborn as “Wild One” at Wild World in Maryland (a 6-page pictorial appreciation). A letter from the ACE president (Randy Geisler). So you want to design roller coasters? (1 page: by John F. Pierce from William Cobb Associates, Inc.). 7 ACE profiles. “Walking the track” – personal opinions concerning the amusement park business (Randy Geisler). “A practical approach for reprofiling roller coasters” (7 pages). Chemin Du Centrifuge (6 pages: the history of looping the loop, from 1846­ to the present). ACE 1986 Kennywood conference (4 pages). Writing for RollerCoaster! (guidelines for submitting articles). Lake Compounce – land of memories, land of dreams (a comprehensive 8-page history of the park and its roller coasters). [Front cover: Compare Paragon Park’s “Giant Coaster” [left] and Wild World’s “Wild One” [right]. Back cover: “Wild One” illuminated at night]. [visit ACE]


ACE021[Magazine Vol.7/No.3&4: Winter/Spring 1986/87. 22x28cm – 64 Pages – 7 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: “Improve the Cyclone? Modify the Loch Ness Monster?” (7 pages of opinions). Members’ letters and suggestions. Editorial. Classified ads. The roller coasters of Fred Pearce (4 pages). The ACE book of lists (7 pages: fact, fiction and whimsy). “Coasting British Columbia…” (6 pages: Puyallup Fair, Bell’s, Oaks Park, etc.). The coaster guardian – Tom Halterman (ACE preservation director). Roller coaster renaissance (3 pages). Kings Dominion’s stand-up Shockwave (2 pages). Dorney Park’s Colossus (4 pages). IAAPA ’86 (3 page report). 8 ACE profiles. Coasters on rollers (the history of Artificial Sliding Hills and Artificial Coasting Courses). The Thriller (5 pages: the debut of Oscar Bruch’s new transportable roller coaster). The Mission Beach Giant Dipper – past, present and future (9 pages +Save-the-Coaster Committee). Looking back at the ‘New Dips’ Roller Coaster at Winnipeg Beach (3 pages). Camden Park’s Big Dipper (2 pages). [Front cover: The Mission Beach “Giant Dipper” in 1972. Back cover: The “Giant Dipper” prior to restoration by the Save-the-Coaster Committee]. [visit ACE]


ACE022[Magazine Vol.8/No.2: Summer 1987. 22x28cm – 52 Pages – 16 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Kings Island’s “Vortex” and Cedar Point’s “Iron Dragon” opinions (5 pages). Kings Island spring conference (5 pages: Steven A. Elliott describes his first ACE conference). Bill Hughes celebrates his 100th ride on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Grand National. Iron Dragon review (4 pages). Ron Toomer – Vortex and Iron Dragon’s designer tells all (4 pages). Cedar Point’s colourful history (4 pages). 4 ACE profiles. Editorial. Australia’s and New Zealand’s roller coasters (4 pages). Can ACE membership provoke sensory overload? (2 pages). Preservation notes (2 pages: Tom Halterman talks about the Crystal Beach “Comet.”) Lone Star Rat (2 pages: Paul Young buys a 1960 Schiff Wild Mouse). Reflections of Coaster Con IX (6 pages: ACE visited Six Flags Over Georgia and Lake Winnepesaukah). Ohio is roller coaster country (4 pages). Photo contest winners (4 pages). [Front cover: Kings Island’s “Vortex” [left], and Cedar Point’s “Iron Dragon” [right]. Back cover: Kings Island’s “Racer”]. [visit ACE]


ACE023[Magazine Vol.8/No.3&4: Fall/Winter 1987. 22x28cm – 64 Pages – 8 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The coasters of Coaster Con 10 (4 pages = Six Flags Magic Mountain, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Belmont Park and Great America). Merchandise – Idora Park’s “Wild Cat” blueprint set. Members’ letters and opinions. Coasters lost/built since the 1983 ACE Census (table). Classified ads. Coaster Con 10 reports (22 pages +David Escalante’s “Silver Streak” roller coaster model, Kim Pederson’s “Marble Mountain” model, plus members’ coaster reviews, etc.). Nightrides – Mission Beach’s Earthquake / Giant Dipper rumbles (2 pages). 5 ACE profiles. Bob Minick interview – a lifetime in the thrill zone (6 pages). “Lisebergbanan” opens at Liseberg – Anton Schwarzkopf attends (3 pages). Exit the Atom Smasher – a sad tradition continues (7 pages: the demolishing of Rockaways’ Playland). Roller coaster weddings (4 pages by Rev. Cliff Herring). The lost coasters of California (4 pages of photos). Coaster Con 10 photo contest winners (2 pages). [Front and back covers: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Colossus” at sunset]. [visit ACE]


ACE024[Magazine Vol.9/No.1: Winter 1988. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – 3 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Grizzly gripes (2 pages: members have their say on Great America’s new wooden roller coaster). Members’ letters and opinions. Coney Island, Lake Compounce and Rye Playland = Summer Con ’87 (8 pages: +Mountain Park in Massachusetts makes a cameo appearance). New entrance exam for potential ACE members – multiple choice questions for the coaster-depraved (2 pages of humour). A century of coasters at the CNE (6 pages: the roller coasters at the Canadian National Exhibition, including: 1886= “Roller Coaster,” 1886= “Switchback Railway,” 1902= “Auto Scenic Dips,” 1907= “Royal Gorge Scenic Railway,” 1907= “Great Roller Boller Coaster,” 1910= “Royal Ascot Racer,” 1930s= “Flyer,” 1957= “Little Dipper Roller Coaster,” etc.). 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Exiting the tunnel on Rye Playland’s “Dragon Coaster.” Back cover: Aerial view of Great America’s “Grizzly”]. [visit ACE]


ACE025[Magazine Vol.9/No.2: Spring 1988. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – 5 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Opinions on Boardwalk and Baseball’s “Hurricane” (2 pages). Members’ letters and opinions. Classified ads. The preservationist – in praise of Coney Island’s Cyclone (2 pages: Tom Halterman also discusses why the Thunderbolt won’t be saved). Schwarzkopf / Intamin’s “Loopen” is the terror of Taiwan (2 pages: report from Katoli’s World). Maintaining Le Monstre (6 pages: La Ronde’s ride inspection procedure). The first ACE conference (4 pages: Robert Cartmell’s personal remembrances +details from 1978). Lagoon Amusement Park and Pioneer Village (4 pages +Arrow Dynamics’ factory demonstrate their new Virginia Reel). 5 ACE profiles (the Api family). IAAPA ’88 reports (2 pages). Lost roller coasters of the Niagara Frontier (2 pages: +Athletic Park, Crystal Beach Park, and Frontier Amusement Park). Opinions on Six Flags Over Texas’ “Shock Wave.” [Front cover: La Ronde’s “Le Monstre.” Back cover: The double loops of Six Flags Over Texas’ “Shock Wave”]. [visit ACE]


ACE026[Magazine Vol.9/No.3&4: Summer/Fall 1988. 22x28cm – 60 Pages – 8 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Opinions – significant happenings during ACE’s ten years. Six Flags Great America’s Shock Wave (8 pages). Members’ letters and opinions +book reviews. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway – America’s first roller coaster (8 pages). Riding into a new era (Ronald Witrzek’s personal account of riding Shock Wave). Sentimental journeys (4 pages: Helen Mayne discusses her favourite roller coasters). “The Game of ACE” (2 pages: Harvey Steffke’s coaster enthusiasm board game). Part 1 – A primer on roller coaster dynamics (8 pages: engineering and physics). Kings Dominion’s Avalanche bobsled (4 pages). 3 ACE profiles. Music to coast by (3 pages: René Clair’s 1924 movie “Entr’acte” filmed at Paris’ Luna Park). Remembrances of Dandilion Park’s Tailspin roller coaster (3 pages). Ten years of ACE and coaster enthusiasm (2 pages). Innovative thrills from Togo (4 pages). 1930s Swedish ice slides. [Front cover: Six Flags Great America’s “Shock Wave.” Back cover: Kings Dominion’s “Avalanche”]. [visit ACE]


ACE027[Magazine Vol.10/No.1: Winter 1989. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – 8 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The “Bobs” Story (3 pages: Geauga Lake Park’s Jim Meikle talks about the Raging Wolf Bobs). Members’ letters and opinions +new books. 1988= a double dose of Dinn (Charles Dinn discusses his newest creations). Rebirth of a great one (Raging Wolf Bobs’ Chicago Connection). The Wolverine Wildcat in retrospect (4 pages: the construction and opening of Michigan Adventure’s roller coaster). Opinions – significant happenings during ACE’s ten years. Ten key events during ACE’s first decade (3 pages). The preservationist (Tom Halterman on the media’s representation of ‘facts’). ACE’s tenth anniversary party at Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens +a Loch Ness Monster marathon (6 pages). Early Russian ice slides (3 pages). Confessions from a retired roller coaster expert (3 pages: by Gary Kyriazi). 2 – A primer on roller coaster dynamics (6 pages of engineering and physics). ACE’s tour of Japan (4 pages). Japan’s world-class coasters (4 pages). [Front cover: Geauga Lake Park’s “Raging Wolf Bobs.” Back cover: A front seat view from Yomiuriland’s “Bandit”]. [visit ACE]


ACE028[Magazine Vol.10/No.2: Spring 1989. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – 4 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Ghost Town in the Sky’s “Red Devil” (2 pages). R.B. Coburn interview (2 pages: Ghost Town in the Sky’s president discusses the “Red Devil” +Chuck Dillon, O.D Hopkins’ field superintendent, talks about the ride’s construction). 3 ACE profiles +book review. Members’ letters and opinions. Massachusetts’ Riverside Park – a new approach to safety. Classified ads. The roller coasters of New Zealand (3 pages: +Footrot Flats, Rainbow’s End, and the “Runaway Mine Coaster” a non-looping shuttle loop!). Article index (4 pages: a list of RollerCoaster! articles vol.1 to vol.9). Coaster Con XI (3 pages: ACE visits Geauga Lake Park, Cedar Point, and Boblo Island). Coaster Con diary (2 pages). Hullámvasút-ing in Budapest (2-page report from Vidám Park). Ninja note. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Ninja” becomes reality (3 pages: Joe Schillaci and Ron Toomer talk about the coaster +facts). Includes a 4-page news insert (+Lincoln Park closes suddenly, Boblo Island’s new coaster, etc.). [Front cover: Ghost Town in the Sky’s “Red Devil.” Back cover: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Ninja”]. [visit ACE]


ACE029[Magazine Vol.10/No.3: Summer 1989. 22x28cm – 44 Pages – 10 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Opinions of Virginia’s “Grizzly” and “Big Bad Wolf” (3 pages). 3 ACE profiles. Members’ letters and opinions +“Paragon Park’s “Giant” belongs back home” (Patriot Ledger article). Phantasialand’s “Space Center” launched (2 pages). Jack Kaster – America’s forgotten roller coaster designer (5 pages). Dorney Park’s “Coaster” is 66 years old… (7 pages: the coaster’s history +its new name “Thunderhawk”). 3 – A primer on roller coaster dynamics (6 pages of engineering and physics). “Mrs. Petro and the Silver Flash” (4 pages: ‘Side Fiction’ by Helen Mayne). Summer Con ’88 (5 pages: the Grand Strand’s “Swamp Fox” and North Myrtle Beach’s “Pipeline Express”). Boulevard Landmarks (Peter McCauley – book review). Preservation notes – beware of imitations (Tom Halterman discusses wood/steel track + wood/steel structured hybrid coasters). Coaster Con XI photo contest winners (3 pages). [Front cover: Dorney Park’s newly christened “Thunderhawk” (left), with Alfundo (right). Back cover: Crystal Beach Park’s “Comet” at twilight]. [visit ACE]


ACE030[Magazine Vol.10/No.4: Fall 1989. 22x28cm – 44 Pages – 12 pages of colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Gröna Lund adds Jetline (1 page: +Nöjesfältet image). Roller coaster postcards (4 pages). Roller coaster art (4 pages: Ed Cowley and Robert Cartmell’s creations). On retiring from riding coasters. Six Flags Great Adventure debuts “Great American Scream Machine” (3 pages). Ron Toomer interview – is bigger better? Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 +Richard L. Kinzel interview. Kings Island’s “Beast” (5 pages of opinions). 4 ACE profiles. Walt Disney World’s “Space Mountain” and “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” (3 pages). Roller coasters at Disneyland. ACE ride “Mindbender” at the West Edmonton Mall (2 pages). West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland (2 pages). My summer vacation (2 pages: Deborah Greer-Enders). Bobbejaanland’s “Air Race” – Europe’s first suspended coaster. IAAPA ’89 report (2 pages). [Front cover: Ed Cowley’s “Thrill Sensation” pastel (upper), and “Crystal Beach Cyclone” stained glass (lower). Back cover: Cedar Point’s “Magnum XL-200”]. [visit ACE]


ACE031[Magazine Vol.11/No.1: Winter 1990. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – 12 Colour pages, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Wooden roller coasters of New Jersey’s past (8 pages: George A. Siessel chronicles 33 parks and 55 coasters). Dorney Park’s “Hercules” (3 pages). Harris Weinstein interview (Richard C. Roth talks to Dorney Park’s CEO). The roller coasters of Curtis D. Summers (3 pages). Worlds of Fun’s Timber Wolf (Bob Bailey talks to the park’s GM, John Hudacek). Timber Wolf (2 pages +coaster facts). ACE Spring Conference (3 pages: ACE visits Worlds of Fun). 3 ACE profiles. To bank or not – preserving centrifugal forces. The northeast’s smaller wooden roller coasters (3 pages). A Far East one-two combo (Ocean Park’s “Dragon” and Yomiuriland’s “Bandit”). Anagram (Dave Rockenbaugh’s puzzle). Tennessee waltzing (2 pages: Winnepesaukah, Opryland, and Libertyland). Coaster license plates (photos). England’s coasters (7-page report from 11 UK parks +David Pickstone’s “Wild Mouse” at Brean Leisure Park). [Front cover: Dorney Park’s “Hercules.” Back cover: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Big Dipper”]. [visit ACE]


ACE032[Magazine Vol.11/No.2: Spring 1990. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – 11 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +Editorial. Book reviews (“Amusement Rides and Devices” by Norman D. Anderson. “Memories of Revere Beach” by Peter McCauley. “Shootin’ the Chutes, Amusement Parks Remembered” by Stephen H. Paschen. “Scenes of Greater Fort Erie” by Cathy A. Herbert and John Burtniak). The Roller Coaster Hotel (4 pages: Harvey Steffke’s humour). 3 ACE profiles. We came, we saw, we coastered (4 pages: Kings Island, Cedar Point, Geauga Lake Park, and Americana). Coaster Con XII (7 pages: Dorney Park, Clementon Lake Park, Great Adventure and Coney Island +photo contest winners). A technological peek behind your coaster ride (5 pages: a look at lift motors, control systems, solid-state proximity switches, etc.). Parker Brothers’ “Roller Coaster” (marble game review). Puritas Springs Park remembered (2 pages). Viking-style coasting (2 pages: Bakken, Tivoli Gardens, Gröna Lund, Mariebergsskogen, Liseberg, and Skara Sommarland). [Front cover: Clementon Lake Park’s “Jack Rabbit.” Back cover: Kings Dominion’s “Rebel Yell”]. [visit ACE]


ACE033[Magazine Vol.11/No.3: Summer 1990. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – 14 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Letters and opinions. A Crystal Beach Park tribute. Anagram (Dave Rockenbaugh’s puzzle). Big Bang Smurf’s “Anaconda” review (3 pages). Parc Astérix’s “Goudurix” review (2 pages). Anaconda (Dean Lamanna talks to William L. Cobb). Anaconda opinions. Continental coasting – part I (8-page report from Vidám Park, Prater Park, Big Bang Smurf, Parc Astérix, and the German fairs for Olympia Looping, Thriller, etc.). Magnum XL-200 special effects (2 pages: Terry Collins brings another dimension to Cedar Point’s roller coaster). Bring back the Crystal Beach Cyclone… really? The 1989 Summer Con (5 pages: ACE visits Valleyfair! and Arnolds Park). 3 ACE profiles. The Arnolds Park rehabilitation story (3 pages). Home of the Big Coaster – Arnolds Park. Arnolds Park’s Big Coaster rolls again. Crystal Beach Park’s “Thriller” (4 pages: the side-friction coaster in Vermilion, Ohio). Thank God for Morgan trains (2 pages). A steel roller coaster is just like a VCR (4 pages discussing wooden and steel roller coasters). [Front cover: Arnolds Park’s “Roller Coaster.” Back cover: Arnolds Park’s “Roller Coaster” arch]. [visit ACE]


ACE034[Magazine Vol.11/No.4: Fall 1990. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – 18 Colour, many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The role of rollers (under-train mechanics explained). Members’ letters and opinions +a Harry Traver-inspired jungle gym. Continental coasting – part II (6-page report from Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Pleasureland Southport, Frontierland Morecambe, Camelot, and Lightwater Valley). 3-D coaster art (3 pages: Joel Lionetti’s creations). “Lakemont Park” book review. Mexico’s “La Montaña Rusa” (4 pages). Mexico travel tips. Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Georgia Cyclone” (Park GM Spurgeon Richardson tells all). Georgia Cyclone (3 pages). Georgia Cyclone – worth the wait? Curtis Summers discusses his latest creations. ACE 1990 Spring Con (3 pages). Roller Coaster Rabbit (3 pages: behind-the-scenes of the Roger Rabbit ‘toon). Elitch Gardens’ “Wildcat” lives numbered? (4 pages). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Viper” (2 pages). 4 ACE profiles. Coaster Chaos (Dave Rockenbaugh’s puzzle). Anton Schwarzkopf’s radical roller coasters (3 pages). Strange French roller coasters (5 pages). [Front cover: Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Georgia Cyclone.” Back cover: Joel Lionetti’s “Playland II” 3-D art]. [visit ACE]


ACE035[Magazine Vol.12/No.1: Winter 1991. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +New Mexico’s coaster! 3 ACE profiles. Texas Giant – an ungentle giant (6 pages: is coaster brutality for everyone?). Coaster Con XIII (5 pages: ACE visits Six Flags Over Texas and Wonderland Park). Darien Lake Park’s “Predator” (7-page report +facts). Simulated thrills and the wide-screen cinema (2 pages: This Is Cinerama, motion simulators, IMAX films, etc.). Building the Texas Dwarf (4 pages: Joe Orban’s “Texas Giant” scale model). Coasters in movies – part I (4 pages: Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The Death of Ocean View Park, Fish Hookey, Strike Me Pink, etc.). Libertyland’s Zippin Pippin (3 pages). My favourite steel coaster inversion (3 pages of opinions). National Coaster Day – 25 August 1990 (2 pages: various parks +the “Termite” backyard coaster). Rye Playland’s “Aeroplane” coaster (Walter Strakosch describes his first ride). Photo contest winners. 1990 Coaster Con group photos. [Front cover: Six Flags Over Texas’ “Texas Giant.” Back cover: Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Great American Scream Machine” at night]. [visit ACE]


ACE036[Magazine Vol.12/No.2: Spring 1991. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Meet the team (editor’s gallery). Members’ letters and opinions. J’s Amusements (3 pages: California’s “Mad Mouse” and “The Devil’s Coach” roller coasters). RollerCoaster! article submissions (guidelines for contributors). The ups and downs of Belmont Park (3-page history). 3 August 1990 = a night to remember (4 pages: Belmont Park’s restored “Giant Dipper” test-runs). Germany’s travelling roller coasters (4 pages). The roller coasters of Anton Schwarzkopf (3 pages: +Anton Schwarzkopf interview). Riding the “Red Flash” (fiction). What every ACEer should know (2 pages). Killing time waiting in-line (2 pages of fun). “Gee, it’s so… um, er, coaster-like!” (tips on providing TV/radio soundbites). Coasters in movies – part II (4 pages: Funland, KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Rollercoaster, The Sting II, Sudden Impact, etc.). Dorney Park’s “Hercules” opinions (3 pages). Destination Blackpool (travel tips). [Front cover: Lagoon’s “Colossus – The Fire Dragon” (insert= Herr Achterbahn, Mr. Anton Schwarzkopf). Back cover: Belmont Park’s recently re-opened “Giant Dipper”]. [visit ACE]


ACE037[Magazine Vol.12/No.4: Summer 1991. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +Classified advertisements. Whippet Snippets (Meg Keehan’s opinions). Ron Toomer on Ron Toomer (1 page: by Ron Toomer!). Walt Disney World’s “Space Mountain” (2 pages). Behind-the-scenes at Great America 1979 to 1983 (a 2-page insight). It doesn’t add up (3 pages: coaster counting under scrutiny). “The discovery of Jeremy” (fiction). Building the Termite (3 pages: Kim Pederson’s temporary backyard wooden roller coaster). Termite opinions (3 pages). 5 ACE profiles. A guide to roller coaster terms (5 pages: terminology explained). The 1991 “ACEcar” Awards (4 pages: Oscars/academy awards for roller coasters). “Guide To Ride” (book review). Frontier City’s “Wildcat” re-naming contest (2 pages). Preservation notes – Tom Halterman (3 pages: ways of preservation). Skegness’ lost wooden roller coasters (6 pages: +Switchback, Figure Eight, Thriller, Big Dipper, and Billy Butlin, etc.). [Front cover: Dismantling California’s “Termite” roller coaster. Back cover: Mexico’s “La Montaña Rusa”]. [visit ACE]


ACE038[Magazine Vol.13/No.1: Fall 1991. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +Classified ads. Whippet Snippets (Meg Keehan’s opinions). The roller coasters of Palisades Park (6 pages). Mom, the Cyclone and Me – Palisades Park remembered (John Slawson recalls his first ride). Cincinnati’s Coney Island and the Shooting Star (3 pages). Chicago’s Riverview Park remembered (3 pages). From a different [Cedar] Point of view (3 pages: Joe Orban’s “Mean Streak” scale model). 4 ACE profiles. The rebirth of Frontier City’s “Wildcat” (4 pages +fact sheet). A history of roller coasters at Kings Dominion (5 pages). Rollercoaster – the unseen documentary (1 page: behind-the-scenes of the 1977 movie). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Psyclone” (2 pages: Bill Kern discusses ‘clone wars’ +a ride review). Miracle Strip’s “Starliner” (2 pages about the Florida coaster). Opinions on stand-up coasters (3 pages). The wooden coasters of Billy Butlin (7 pages: Butlin’s amusement empire, Felixstowe, Littlehampton +Steel Stella, etc.). [Front cover: Frontier City’s “Wildcat.” Back cover: Palisades Park’s “Skyrocket” (later renamed Cyclone)]. [visit ACE]


ACE039[Magazine Vol.13/No.2: Winter 1992. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: 1991 ACE Conference (6 pages of group photos). Members’ letters and opinions +Classified ads. Whippet Snippets (Meg Keehan’s opinions). Wildcat opinions (4 pages: the ‘Wildcats’ at Idora Park and Lake Compounce). Denver’s Lakeside Park (3 pages: +Cyclone Coaster, Wild Chipmunk, etc.). Roller coasters – our national symbol (1 page). Americana Park (3 pages: +Screechin’ Eagle, Serpent, Kiddie Coaster, etc.). AstroWorld – Six Flags’ best kept secret (3 pages: +Ultra Twister, Excalibur, Texas Cyclone, etc.). Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Soap Box Racers” (2 pages +fact sheet). Coaster Con XIV – Kennywood (a 7-page report). There’s only one Kennywood (2 pages). Coaster Con XIV at Camden Park (2 pages). Mini marathon on Kennywood’s Steel Phantom (1 page: filming the ride’s TV commercial). 1991 photo contest winners (2 pages). Far East coasting (3 pages: member visits Magicland in Thailand, and Delhi Park in India). 6 ACE profiles (+John Hunt – roller coaster model maker). [Front cover: View from Kennywood’s “Thunderbolt.” Back cover: Elitch Gardens’ “Wildcat”]. [visit ACE]


ACE040[Magazine Vol.13/No.3: Spring 1992. 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +Whippet Snippets (Meg Keehan’s favourite things). Preservation notes – was the Crystal Beach “Cyclone” saved? (3 pages: salvaged and re-used construction material). Old world coaster questing (2 pages: member visits Gröna Lund, Liseberg, Tivoli-Land, Tivoli Friheden, Bakken, and Tivoli Gardens). 4 ACE profiles. Foire du Trône – the tradition (7 pages: the roller coasters of the Paris Faire +a history). Morgan Manufacturing (6 pages). Dana Morgan interview (2 pages). Building a working model coaster (3 pages: Randal Strong offers guidelines and advice). TropWorld Casino’s Tivoli Pier (2 pages: New Jersey’s “Tivoli Plunge” coaster +other rides). EuroCaravan 1991 (4 pages: ACE members visit Prater Park, Vidám Park, Cannstatter Fair, Oktoberfest, De Efteling, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Pleasureland Southport, Frontierland Morecambe, Flamingo Land, and Lightwater Valley). EuroCaravan 1991 (5 pages: reports from another member’s perspective). [Front cover: Belmont Park’s “Giant Dipper.” Back cover: Lake Compounce’s “Wildcat”]. [visit ACE]


ACE041[Magazine Vol.13/No.5: Summer 1992. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (RollerCoaster! magazine is dear to Meg Keehan’s heart). Members’ letters and opinions +“Twisted Obsession” VHSs for sale. 4 ACE profiles. Coasters and sports (5 pages: matching roller coasters to the sports they most resemble). Oakland California’s Idora Park (3 pages: a history 1903-1928). Cedar Point – a century of roller coasters (5 pages). Meet me in St Louis (3 pages: +Westlake Park, Holiday Hill, Chain of Rocks, and Forest Park Highlands). Six Flags Over Texas’ “Texas Giant” opinions (5 pages). My life as a sandbag (3 pages: working at Worlds of Fun). Putting the theme into coasters (4 pages: R&R Creative Amusement Design). What colour is your coaster? (3 pages: Baynum Painting, Inc. – large-scale painters). A roller coaster bestiary (3 pages: roller coasters with animal names). How I found ACE (6 pages: how members discovered the American Coaster Enthusiasts). [Front cover: Kentucky Kingdom’s “Thunder Run.” Back cover: Aerial view of Cedar Point’s “Mean Streak”]. [visit ACE]


ACE042[Magazine Vol.14/No.1: Fall 1992. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Meg Keehan steps down). Members’ letters and opinions. Meet Tom Rebbie (4 pages: Thomas D. Rebbie is Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. new owner). “In Search of the Ultimate Ride” (T-shirt offer +3 new books). Coasting through time (4 pages: postcards from the B. Derek Shaw collection). “Who’s who and what’s what among coaster designers, builders and engineers” (6 pages: Part 1 with 28 entries “A” to “L” = Chester E. Albright [to] Arthur Looff). Dutch Wonderland’s “Sky Princess” (4 pages +fact sheet). Opinions on “Magnum XL-200” at Cedar Point (6 pages = 40 reviews). Fiesta Texas’ “Rattler” (4 pages). Fiesta Texas’ “Rattler” (another review +fact sheet). Six Flags Great America’s “Batman The Ride” (4 pages: from concept to completion). Batman The Ride (making the TV commercial). William L. Cobb’s last coaster? (4 pages: could it be the Arkansas Twister?). Arkansas Twister – then and now. 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Magic Springs’ ‘new’ “Arkansas Twister.” Back cover: Vancouver Playland’s “Roller Coaster”]. [visit ACE]


ACE043[Magazine Vol.14/No.2: Winter 1993. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath’s enthusiasm is not dampened by inclement weather). Members’ letters and opinions. Photo Contest winners. Virginia Coasting – Coaster Con XV (Convention video review). Virginia is for coaster lovers (7 pages: Coaster Con XV at Kings Dominion). Busch Gardens Williamsburg (4 pages). Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Drachen Fire (4 pages: a ride review +facts). Under the ‘rolley coaster’ (3 pages: member’s recollections of Willow Mill Park’s “Red Streaker,” the rides of Hershey Park and Williams Grove’s “Zipper”). “Who’s who and what’s what among coaster designers, builders and engineers” (8 pages: Part 2 with 28 entries “M” to “Y” = Joseph McKee [to] Teiichi Yamada). Park memorabilia collections (2 pages: books, VHSs, pin badges and drinking cups). Using your ‘stuff’ (4 pages: reusing roller coaster memorabilia). 4 ACE profiles. Also features 5 full-page 1992 Coaster Con group photos. [Front cover: Kings Dominion’s “Grizzly.” Back cover: Fiesta Texas’ “Rattler”]. [visit ACE]


ACE044[Magazine Vol.14/No.3: Spring 1993. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath learns about Harry Traver and Fred Church). Members’ letters and opinions. Kansas’ Joyland Park and its classic coasters (4 pages: +Joyland’s other rides and attractions). Frederick A. Church (6 pages: detailing the formative years of Fred Church’s designing career). Fred Church – roller coaster artist (3 pages: Fred Church’s coasters from an architectural and artistic perspective). England’s Belle Vue Park – the story of a lost thoroughbred (6 pages: +Belle Vue’s first coaster, Scenic Railway, The Bobs, Publicity ploys +Vance Tutton’s 1967 “Bobs” marathon, Happy years, Memorable rides, Years of decline, From sublime to ridiculous, In Memoriam). The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and San Diego Giant Dippers (7 pages of opinions). The Coney Island Tornado (6 pages). Massachusetts’ Revere Beach Cyclone (3 pages). A tale of two Little Dippers (2 pages: Kiddieland (Illinois) and Hillcrest Park (Illinois). 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s “Giant Dipper.” Back cover: The Coney Island “Tornado” snow covered and in disrepair]. [visit ACE]


ACE045[Magazine Vol.14/No.5: Summer 1993. 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Robert Cartmell (4 pages: ACE’s historian talks about ACE and coasters +Top Ten historic coasters). In the beginning… (5 pages: ACE’s founders and original members discuss the Club’s founding and development). Life on the fast track (20 pages: detailing the events leading up to ACE’s founding and the first 15 years +Coaster Cons 1-15, ACE Officers 1979-1993, ACE membership-graph, and ACE events 1978-1992). Growing up with ACE (by original member Scott Rutherford). ACE’s presidential SUCCESSion (3 pages of interviews with Liucija Ambrosini [1982-1986], Randy Geisler [1986-1990], and Ray Ueberroth [1990-present]). Preservation – “Riverside Cyclone rated No.1…” (a 3-page feature). Ups and downs – the roller coasters of North America 1978 to 1993 (a 9-page feature). An unofficial history of ACE’s flagship publication (4 pages: “Coaster World #1” to “RollerCoaster! #40”). [Front cover: The Lakeside “Shooting Star” in 1986. Back cover: Idora Park’s “Wildcat” in 1983]. [visit ACE]


ACE047[Magazine Vol.15/No.1: Fall 1993. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath discusses ‘The Spirit of ACE’). Members’ letters and opinions. Junior steel coasting up north (4 pages: Storyland for Polar Coaster, Santa’s Village for Rudy’s Rapid Transit, and La Ronde for Petits Montagnes Russes). “Cyclones, a Tornado and other phenomena at the 1939 World’s Fair” (4 pages: New York’s pre-World War II roller coasters). Taking it to the bank (4 pages: a look at banked turns). Silver Dollar City’s Thunderation (a 5-page feature +ride review and fact sheet). Back in a Flash (3 pages: Bill Hanks restores the “Flash” train he rescued from Riverside Park in Indianapolis). The Jantzen Beach Dipper (2 pages). Busch Gardens’ Kumba (a 5-page feature +ride review and fact sheet). Making the Kumba TV commercial. Rollercoasters! (3 pages of members’ photos). Australia’s “Orphan Rocker” (3 pages: members ride the Orphan Rocker +the Orphan Rocker story). Whalom Park – 100 years of family fun (a 6-page feature). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Busch Gardens’ “Kumba.” Back cover: Silver Dollar City’s “Thunderation”]. Note: due to a numbering error, there was no Issue #46. [visit ACE]


ACE048[Magazine Vol.15/No.2: Winter 1994. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath offers some winter advice). Members’ letters and opinions. Adventureland’s Outlaw (5 pages: including an Outlaw fact sheet and ride report). On the pre-Convention trail (2 pages: the 1993 Coaster Caravan visits Arnolds Park, Peony Park, and Adventureland). Coaster Con XVI (5 pages: reports from Worlds of Fun and Joyland). Oklahoma… (3 pages: members visit Frontier City and Bell’s Amusement Park). Coaster Con XVI – a conventioneer’s notebook (3 pages: includes Arnolds Park, Peony Park, Adventureland, Worlds of Fun, Joyland, Frontier City, and Bell’s Amusement Park). Photo contest winners (2 pages). Worlds of Fun’s “Timber Wolf” opinions (6 pages). 4 ACE profiles. (This issue also includes 14 full-page group photos from 1993’s Summer Convention, 1993’s Preservation Convention, and ACE’s Fifteenth Anniversary Convention). [Front cover: Worlds of Fun’s “Timber Wolf.” Back cover: Joyland’s “Roller Coaster”]. [visit ACE]


ACE049[Magazine Vol.15/No.3: Spring 1994. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath’s guidelines for composing articles for RollerCoaster! magazine). Members’ letters and opinions. Cedar Point (4 pages: a member’s recollection from 1941). Rides in Sweden (6 pages: Ölands Djurpark, Åhusparken, Liseberg, Skara Sommarland, Mariebergsskogen, Gröna Lund, Furuviksparken +roller coaster statistics). Cedar Point’s Blue Streak (3 pages of history). The Saltair Story (4 pages detailing the park’s history +Giant Racer, Circle Swing, Carousel, and Pavilion). Coasting through time (9 pages: postcards from the B. Derek Shaw collection). Knott’s Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America (3 pages: the “Ripsaw” roller coaster +ride review). Rocky Springs Park (6 pages: a historical look at Pennsylvania’s –now abandoned– amusement park +their Wildcat coaster). Upper Clements Theme Park (6 pages: Tree Topper coaster +ride review). 5 ACE profiles. [Front cover: the abandoned “Wildcat” at Rocky Springs Park in 1982. Back cover: Adventureland’s “Outlaw”]. [visit ACE]


ACE050[Magazine Vol.15/No.4: Summer 1994. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Nancy McGrath likes Boomerang coasters). Members’ letters and opinions. Euclid Beach Park (5 pages: +Entrance, Thriller, Figure Eight, Great American Racing Derby, Derby Racer / Racing Coaster, Flying Turns, etc.). Building the Texas Giant (3 pages: John A. Hunt constructs a scale model). Southport’s roller coasters and disaster at Battersea (7 pages: Scenic Railway, Mountain Caterpillar Railway, Figure Eight, Cyclone, The Collins family, Festival of Britain. +Battersea Funfair’s 1972 Big Dipper disaster, final days, the aftermath… a history of John Collins’ roller coasters 1929-1973). Name that coaster (9 pages / 18 photographs: quiz). Thanks for the memories, Dad (4 pages: Keith B. Johnson’s Coney Island New York recollections). Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk memories (4 pages). RollerCoasters! (7 pages: members’ photos). Mirabilandia’s “Sierra Tonante” (2 pages). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Pleasureland Southport’s “Cyclone.” Back cover: Six Flags Over Texas’ “Judge Roy Scream”]. [visit ACE]


ACE051[Magazine Vol.16/No.1: Fall 1994. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Lisa Scheinin takes the reins). Year of the Roller Coaster (7 pages: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Pepsi Max Big One” +vertical reality, Alton Towers’ “Nemesis” +an alien comes to town, and Drayton Manor Park’s “7 Up Shockwave” +riding the 7 Up Shockwave). Buffalo Bill’s Desperado (6 pages: +facts). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Batman (3 pages: +facts). Rebirth of the Comet (7 pages: Crystal Beach Park’s Comet is resurrected at The Great Escape +Charles R. Wood = father of theme parks). The Great Escape’s Comet (1 page: the roller coaster’s advanced control system). A history and tour of The Great Escape Fun Park (3 pages). Indiana Beach’s Hoosier Hurricane (5 pages +facts). Paramount’s Hurlers (Paramount’s Carowinds and Paramount’s Kings Dominion’s new Hurler coasters +facts). Cedar Point’s Raptor (4 pages +facts). Coaster potpourri (3 pages). [Front cover: The Great Escape’s “Comet.” Back cover: Buffalo Bill’s “Desperado”]. [visit ACE]


ACE052[Magazine Vol.16/No.2: Winter 1995. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions +Brian Knecht’s coaster mural. Part 1 – Big UK tour ’94 (10 pages: +Drayton Manor Park, Frontierland Morecambe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Pepsi Max Big One’s opening celebrations). Pennsylvania’s Lenape Park (4 pages: a history +Lenape Express / Roller Coaster). Russells Point’s “Silver Streak” (4 pages: +the Ohio park’s history and other rides). Japan’s “White Canyon” (3 pages: Yomiuriland’s new roller coaster +facts). The lost roller coasters of Wildwood New Jersey (3 pages: Marine West Pier, Sportland Pier, Hunt’s Pier, Morey’s Pier, Mariner’s Landing, etc.). A visit to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (3 pages). Coaster Con XVII (6 pages: Six Flags Magic Mountain and Paramount’s Great America +6 full-page 1994 group photos). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Revolution.” Back cover: Aerial view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach]. [visit ACE]


ACE053[Magazine Vol.16/No.3: Spring 1995. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Lisa Scheinin talks about preservation). Members’ letters and opinions. Part 2 – Big UK tour ’94 (7 pages: +Lightwater Valley, Camelot, Pleasureland Southport, and Alton Towers). Bill Cobb’s roller coasters (5 pages: William L. Cobb tribute +his coasters 1947-1991). Germany’s early coasters (3 pages: past amusement parks, Alpen Flug, Meteor, Turmbahn, 1952 Doppellooping, etc.). Downed coasters – lost parks (5 pages: Idora Park’s “Wildcat” and “Jack Rabbit,” Coney Island’s “Thunderbolt,” Lincoln Park’s “Comet,” Pinecrest’s kiddie steelie, Lakemont Park’s “Leap The Dips,” Willow Mill’s “Red Streaker” and Rocky Glen’s “Mighty Lightnin’”). Boblo Island – gone but not forgotten (3 pages). Kentucky Kingdom’s Thunder Run (7 pages of opinions). Hershey Park’s Comet (3 pages). Preservation – Sigh-clones! (3 pages: the cloning of classic roller coasters). Roller coasters! (3 pages of members’ photos). 4 full-page 1994 group photos. [Front cover: Coney Island’s “Cyclone.” Back cover: Alton Towers’ “Nemesis”]. [visit ACE]


ACE054[Magazine Vol.16/No.4: Summer 1995. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Looping for 100 years (6 pages: +the Corkscrews enter third decade, Evolution of the Revolution, Going loopy for loops, Werner Stengel, Karl Bacon, Edgar Morgan, Anton Schwarzkopf, Ron Toomer, etc.). Survival of the fittest (7 pages: the battle between West View Park and Kennywood). Twice scared (3 pages: Salisbury Beach’s Wildcat and Williams Grove’s Cyclone). The 1994 ACEcar Awards (5 pages: Oscars/academy awards for roller coasters). The Kursaal (2 pages: England’s lost park). The Revere Beach Cyclone remembered (5 pages). A guide to Japan’s parks and coasters (9 pages: Hanayashiki Park, Korakuen Park, Portopialand, Expoland, Fujikyu Highland, Yomiuriland, Toshimaen Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Summerland, Seibuen, Kijima Resort). Roller coasters! (4 pages of members’ photos). 4 ACE profiles +full-page 1995 Preservation Conference group photo. [Front cover: Paramount Canada’s Wonderland’s “Top Gun.” Back cover: Kennywood’s “Thunderbolt”]. [visit ACE]


ACE055[Magazine Vol.17/No.1: Fall 1995. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Lisa Scheinin replies to members’ feedback). Kentucky’s Fontaine Ferry Park (8 pages: +a historical view, the demise, a personal reminiscence by Tom Russell, the Comet). California’s Scandia Screamer (4 pages: a review +facts). Knott’s Berry Farm’s Jaguar (3 pages: a review +facts). A guided tour of Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari (4 pages). Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari’s “Raven” takes flight (6 pages: a review +facts). Big Chief Kart and Coaster World’s “Cyclops” (5 pages +facts). Elitch Gardens’ “Twister II” (3 pages: a review +facts). Six Flags Great Adventure’s “Viper” (5 pages: a review +facts). Coaster potpourri (6 pages: photos of new-for-1995 coasters +Antelope, Terror to the Second Power (T2), Le Cobra, Mind Eraser, Cannonball, Viper, Hangman, etc.). [Front cover: Big Chief Kart and Coaster World’s “Cyclops.” Back cover: Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari’s “Raven”]. [visit ACE]


ACE056[Magazine Vol.17/No.2: Winter 1996. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: A winter coaster fix at Lake Placid (4 pages: The USA’s only Olympic bobsled run at Mount Van Hoevenburg Olympic Sports Centre in New York). Coasting through the South (4 pages: a member visits Ghost Town in the Sky, Lake Winnepesaukah and Six Flags Over Georgia). Carolina’s Parks (7 pages: Coaster Con XVIII at Paramount’s Carowinds, Myrtle Beach Pavilion and Family Kingdom Amusement Park). What makes a good amusement park? (a 7-page feature: a member’s Top Ten “Let Ups” and Top Ten “Letdowns”). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). 7 ACE profiles. This issue includes 3 full-page 1995 Coaster Con XVIII group photos. [Front cover: The lift hill of Family Kingdom Amusement Park’s “Swamp Fox.” Back cover: Paramount’s Carowinds’ “Vortex”]. [visit ACE]


ACE057[Magazine Vol.17/No.3: Spring 1996. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Willow Grove Park (6 pages: Philadelphia’s playground +the roller coasters of Willow Grove Park). Gulliver’s World’s “Antelope” (3 pages: England’s new wooden roller coaster +facts and a review). Custom Coasters International (7 pages: Denise Dinn Larrick interview +24 CCI projects 1991-1996). A New England tour (5 pages: +Lake Compounce, Playland, The Great Escape, Canobie Lake Park, Whalom Park and Riverside Park). Roller coaster postcards (6 pages: 19 historical postcards). Part 1 – Wooden coaster construction (a 5-page feature). Bandai’s Spacewarp (3 pages: Antonio Gonzalez’s models). Coasters by K’Nex (2 pages: Thomas Zeliff’s models). Australia’s roller coasters (6 pages: Dreamworld, Melbourne’s Luna Park, Australia’s Wonderland, Sea World, Sydney’s Luna Park +the soon to open Orphan Rocker). [Front cover: Whalom Park’s “Comet Flyer.” Back cover: Construction of The Great Escape’s “Comet”]. [visit ACE]


ACE058[Magazine Vol.17/No.4: Summer 1996. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Lisa Scheinin steps down). A birthday at Euclid Beach Park (4 pages: an August 1969 visit). Coasting in Columbia (2 pages: Bogotá’s Parque El Salitra). Disney Interactive’s PC “Coaster” game (3 pages). Margate’s Scenic Railway (2 pages). CyberCoasting (7 pages: roller coaster-related computing +websites, etc.). Master designer John Allen (a 6-page tribute). Wacky early coasters (7 pages: Whirl-Fly, Cannon Coaster, Leap-the-Gap, The Trolley Jumper, Cyclone Bowl, Mystic Screw, Ding-Dong Coaster, Slurpee Railway, etc.). Part 2 – Wooden coaster construction (a 6-page feature). 1996 International Year of the Roller Coaster (7 pages of coaster photos). [Front cover: tl= Prater Park’s “Hochschaubahn.” tr= Hong Kong Ocean Park’s “Dragon.” bl= Hakkeijima Sea Paradise’s “Surf Coaster.” br= Vidám Park’s “Hullámvasút.” Back cover: Aerial view of Kajima Resort’s “Jupiter”]. [visit ACE]


ACE059[Magazine Vol.18/No.1: Fall 1996. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Wildwood’s “The Great White” (6 pages: +facts and opinions). The history of Hersheypark (a 6-page feature +Milton S. Hershey). Hersheypark’s Wildcat (6 pages: +facts and opinions). Valleyfair!’s Wild Thing (3 pages +facts). Busch Gardens’ Montu (5 pages: +facts and opinions). Cedar Point’s Mantis – made me scream like a Banshee! (4 pages: +Mantis facts and opinions). Cedar Point’s Mantis – intense coasting at its best (1 page). Silverwood’s The Grizzly – roars into Idaho (a 6-page feature +facts). Compilation – favourite Midwest thrillers (3 pages: Great America’s Shockwave, American Eagle and Iron Wolf +Kentucky Kingdom’s T2 and Vampire). Cedar Point’s Corkscrew is 20 years old (1 page). 5 ACE profiles. This issue includes a full-page 1995 Spring Conference group photo. [Front cover: Wildwood’s “The Great White.” Back cover: Cedar Point’s “Mantis”]. [visit ACE]


ACE060[Magazine Vol.18/No.2: Winter 1997. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes has his say). Imagine Idora Park (5 pages: a visit to the defunct park on 20th May 1996). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). The Milagro Mine Ride (3 pages: Gary Kyriazi has built Arizona’s only wooden coaster). Coaster Con XIX (7 pages: member’s report from Lakeside Park and Elitch Gardens). Modelling for a grade (3 pages: ACE Spring Conference – Science and Physics Day +roller coaster models and ball-bearing runs). England Preservation Tour (a 15-page photo feature: Chessington World of Adventures, Dreamland Fun Park, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Drayton Manor Park, Oakwood (Wales), Alton Towers, Pleasureland Southport, Gulliver’s World, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Frontierland Morecambe, Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land, the city of York +two full-page group photos). Oakwood’s Megafobia (3 pages +facts). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Lakeside’s “Cyclone.” Back cover: A view overlooking Pleasureland Southport]. [visit ACE]


ACE061[Magazine Vol.18/No.3: Spring 1997. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Cedar Point (3 pages: a member’s wintertime withdrawal). Rocky Springs’ Wildcat (5 pages: Pennsylvania’s lost thriller). A Cedar Point wedding (2 pages: Connie and Joe Gozdowski marry on Mantis). Classic coaster design features (a 7-page feature +Rocky Springs’ Wildcat). Classic Canadian roller coasters remembered (5 pages: Belmont Park’s Cyclone, Dominion Park’s L-shaped wooden roller coaster, Crystal Beach Park’s Cyclone, etc.). Preserving roller coasters (5 pages: do coaster simulators pose a threat?). The legacy of Curtis Summers (6 pages: +24 Curtis Summers’ roller coasters 1972-1992). Las Vegas’ Manhattan Express (5 pages: David Hasselhoff takes the first ride +facts). Santa Clara reminisces (3 pages: working at Great America in 1978-79). 4 ACE profiles. This issue includes a full-page Summer Conference group photo. [Front cover: New York New York and Casino’s “Manhattan Express.” Back cover: Six Flags Over Texas’ “Texas Giant”]. [visit ACE]


ACE062[Magazine Vol.18/No.4: Summer 1997. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes recalls his visits to Kings Island). A tour through Spain’s Port Aventura (3 pages +Dragon Khan review). Barcelona coasting (3 pages: Members visit Parque de Atracciones Montjuic and Tibidabo). Venice Beach – coasters of fire (5 pages: Roller coaster history of California’s Venice Beach +a table of 16 roller coasters 1904 to 1967). Remembering Mountain Park’s Mountain Flyer (3 pages about the lost New England coaster). Negative Gs at Chippewa Lake Park (2 pages). Kentucky Kingdom’s T2 (4 pages +coaster facts). Postcards from the past (6 pages: 20 postcards 1907 to 1938). The Little Big Dipper (1 page: John Fathauer constructs Faller kit/model “Big Dipper 450”). [Front cover: Kings Island’s “Racer.” Back cover: Lincoln Park’s “Comet”]. [visit ACE]


ACE063[Magazine Vol.19/No.1: Fall 1997. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Alpengeist (4 pages). Alpengeist (3 pages: +a review and facts). Kings Island’s Bat (4 pages: Arrow’s first suspended coaster +Arrow’s suspended roller coasters 1981 to 1993). The story of Superman The Escape (3 pages: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s ride). Superman The Escape (a 2-page review). Superman The Escape – the technical side (3 pages: Linear induction motors, etc. +facts). Knott’s Berry Farm’s Windjammer (2 pages +facts). Making a working coaster model (3 pages: Paul Karczewski’s “Wildcat” model). Dorney Park’s Steel Force (5 pages +a review and facts). An interview with John Albino (Dorney Park’s general manager). Six Flags Over Texas’ “Big Bend” 1971-1979 (a 5-page feature). Kentucky Kingdom’s Chang (4 pages: +a review and facts). Big Chief Karts and Coasters’ Zeus (3 pages). Members’ letters and opinions. 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Dorney Park’s “Thunderhawk” and “Steel Force.” Back cover: Big Chief Karts and Coasters’ “Zeus”]. [visit ACE]


ACE064[Magazine Vol.19/No.2: Winter 1998. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The Coney Island Cyclone marathon (4 pages: a first-person perspective by Bill Galvin). The Whirl ‘Till You Hurl Marathon (4 pages: Belmont Park’s 1997 Giant Dipper event). ACE – the first twenty years (6 pages: a personal perspective from Bob Hooley +Coaster Cons I–XX details). The 1977 Rebel Yell marathon (7 pages: the Kings Dominion event that kick-started ACE). The hitch to getting hitched (3 pages: renewing wedding vows on Outer Limits – Flight of Fear). Part 1: The 1977 World Roller Coaster Riding Endurance Record Championship Marathon (7 pages: a prelude to the American Coaster Enthusiasts –the 101-hour Rebel Yell event). Kings Dominion’s Shockwave (2 pages). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). Seabreeze – 110 years of coasting (a 6-page feature). 4 ACE profiles. This issue includes two full-page Coaster Con XX group photos. [Front cover: Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s “Alpengeist.” Back cover: Coney Island’s “Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE065[Magazine Vol.19/No.3: Spring 1998. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes remembers Rexford Park). Roller coaster quiz (6 pages: 102 questions +answers). Wildwood’s Jack Rabbit / Screem Machine 1919-1984 (4 pages: New Jersey’s legendary coaster +facts). Pennsylvania’s lost parks and coasters (5 pages: Memorial Park, Hanson’s Park, Edgewood Park, Rocky Glen Park, West View Park, Willow Grove Park +24 others). Lakeview Park (a 2-page remembrance). Japan’s parks and coasters (10 pages: Yomiuriland, Nagashima Spaland, Expoland, Central Park, Space World, Kijima Korakuen, Nasu Highland Park +a review of Fujikyu Highland’s Fujiyama). Part 2: The 1977 World Roller Coaster Riding Endurance Record Championship Marathon (11 pages: conclusion to the 101-hour Rebel Yell event). John Hunt’s coaster models (3 pages). Photo spot (Anton Schwarzkopf’s Thriller). Members’ letters and opinions. 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Fujikyu Highland’s “Fujiyama.” Back cover: Paul Greenwald riding “Rebel Yell” during the 1977 marathon]. [visit ACE]


ACE066[Magazine Vol.19/No.4: Summer 1998. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes – Dorney Park is 75 years old). Springlake’s Big Dipper 1926-1981 (3 pages: Oklahoma’s legendary coaster). Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. (3 pages: preserving the PTC archives). ACE – twenty years of preservation (5 pages: +tables of lost, new, dismantled roller coasters, etc.). Libertyland’s Zippin Pippin (3 pages: Elvis Presley’s favourite coaster +facts). The Minnesota Avalanche (4 pages: Will Pitts’ working coaster model). Part I – Ohio’s lost parks and coasters (10 pages: Buckeye Lake, Chester Park, Chippewa Lake, Coney Island, Euclid Beach, Idora Park, Indianola Park, Lake Brady Park, Olentangy Park). 50 years of the Crystal Beach / The Great Escape “Comet” (5 pages). Photos request. Roller coaster licence plates (2 pages). Coaster models (2 pages: K’nex and wooden models). Adventureland’s “Wild One,” formerly Paragon Park’s “Giant Coaster” (5 pages +facts). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Crystal Beach Park’s “Comet.” Back cover: Cedar Fair advertisement]. [visit ACE]


ACE067[Magazine Vol.20/No.1: Fall 1998. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The roller coasters of Michigan’s Adventure (3 pages). Michigan’s Adventures’ Shivering Timbers (5 pages: +a review and facts). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Riddler’s Revenge (3 pages: +a review and facts). Hersheypark’s Great Bear (4 pages: +a review and facts). Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom’s Twisted Sisters (4 pages: +a review and facts). Adventure World’s Roar (3 pages: +a review and facts). Part 2 – Ohio’s lost parks and coasters (4 pages: Lake Side (Dayton), Luna Park (Cleveland), Luna Park (Mansfield), Meyers Lake Park, Put-In-Bay, Silver Lake, Russell’s Point). The Great Escape’s Alpine Bobsled (2 pages). Funtown USA’s Excalibur (7 pages: two reviews +facts). Worlds of Fun’s Mamba (4 pages: construction and testing +facts). Visionland’s Rampage (5 pages: construction, media day, opening +facts). [Front cover: Funtown USA’s “Excalibur.” Back cover: Visionland’s “Rampage”]. [visit ACE]


ACE068[Magazine Vol.20/No.2: Winter 1999. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes highlights Kennywood’s charm and attractions). Kennywood – a Pittsburgh tradition (10 pages: the development of a special place, from 1898 to 1998). A brief history of Idlewild Park (3 pages: Rollo Coaster, Wild Mouse, etc. +ACE Day at the park). 100 years of Kennywood (a chronological table: 1898 to 1998 at a glance). Kennywood’s Thunderbolt – the ultimate roller coaster (4 pages: +the ride, the park, the people, and the pride). Reflections on Coaster Con XXI (5 pages: members enjoy a visit to Kennywood). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). 3 ACE profiles. This issue includes full-page Summer Con and full-page Coaster Con XXI group photos. [Front and back covers: ‘The wonderful view of Kennywood’ as painted by Linda Barnicott in 1997]. [visit ACE]


ACE069[Magazine Vol.20/No.3: Spring 1999. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes’ editorial). Japan (11 pages: +Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Gotemba Family Land, Mukogaoka Yuen, Suzuka Circuit, Takarazuka Family Land, Mitsui Green Land, Tegarayama Yuen). Japanese travelogue (12 pages: Fujikyu Highland, Nagashima Spaland, Expoland, Kijima Resort, Space World, Central Park, Fantasy Pointe, Oyama Yuenchi, Korakuen, Tokyo Disneyland, Hanayashiki Park, etc.). Japan census (table: 97 parks and 214 roller coasters). Japan update (6 pages: Cosmo World, Ayameike Park, Skyland Ikoma, Nara Dreamland, Tivoli Park, Yomiuriland, etc.). Korean roller coasters (21 pages: Seoul Land, Everland, Dreamland, Lotte World Adventure, Expo Science Park, Woobang Tower Land, Lotte World Sky Plaza, Kyongju World, Tongdo Fantasia, Children’s Grand Park, +travel advice). [Front cover: Kijima Resort’s “Jupiter.” Back cover: A view across Expo Science Park]. [visit ACE]


ACE070[Magazine Vol.20/No.4: Summer 1999. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Sea World Orlando’s “Journey to Atlantis” (3 pages). Part 3 – Ohio’s lost parks and coasters (4 pages: +Springfield Lake, Spring Grove Park, Stanton Park, Summit Beach Park, Toledo Beach, White City in Toledo, Woodland Beach Park). Knott’s Berry Farm’s GhostRider (5 pages: +opening day, reviews and facts). “My coaster’s better than your coaster” (9 pages: why do enthusiasts argue? +curves and spirals, silky smooth, it hurts so good, G forces, numbers, location, purists, bias, all of the above). Idora Park’s lost roller coasters (4 pages: Wildcat, Jack Rabbit +other attractions). Is taller really better? (5 pages: championing mid-sized wooden roller coasters). It started with Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds (a 10-page feature: Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan discuss the early days of Arrow +the Matterhorn Bobsleds’ early days). Lakemont Park’s “Leap-The-Dips” gallery (3 pages). This issue includes a full-page 1999 Spring Con group photo. [Front and back covers: Knott’s Berry Farm’s “GhostRider”]. [visit ACE]


ACE071[Magazine Vol.21/No.1: Fall 1999. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Carowinds’ Top Gun – The Jet Coaster (5-page review +facts). Martin’s Fantasy Island’s Silver Comet (3-page review). Silverwood’s Tremors (3-page review). Six Flags Darien Lake’s Superman – Ride of Steel (6-page review +facts). Knoebels’ Twister (an 11-page feature +opinions and facts). A special place called Knoebels (4 pages: Pennsylvania’s hometown park). Six Flags Great America’s Raging Bull (4-page review +facts). Busch Gardens’ Apollo’s Chariot (4-page review +facts). Remembering Elitch Gardens’ Mister Twister (4 pages +facts). Six Flags Marine World’s Roar (5-page review +facts). Modeller’s corner – the Crystal Beach “Cyclone” (3 pages: Nick C. Powell has reproduced the Harry Traver classic in miniature). [Front cover: Knoebels’ “Twister” helix. Back cover: An aerial view of Old Elitch Gardens’ “Mr Twister”]. [visit ACE]


ACE072[Magazine Vol.21/No.2: Winter 2000. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: The 1998 “ACEcar” Awards (6 pages: Oscars/academy awards for roller coasters). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). Coney Island New York (9 pages: 1870s–2000 +the coasters of Coney Island and Brighton Beach =53 coasters listed with facts). Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ “Rattler” de-fanged (5 pages: the coaster’s history +facts). San Antonio River Walk +SeaWorld’s Steel Eel (1 page). Coaster Con XXII (11 pages: members converge at SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn, and at Six Flags Over Texas for the “Lone Star Coasterthon” +news, reviews, presentations, etc.). SeaWorld San Antonio’s Steel Eel (4 pages: a review +facts). Fiesta Texas’ Poltergeist (4 pages: construction, the ride, +facts). This issue includes two full-page Coaster Con XXII group photos, and an Ultimate Preservation Con group photo. [Front cover: Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ “Rattler.” Back cover: SeaWorld San Antonio’s “Steel Eel”]. [visit ACE]


ACE073[Magazine Vol.21/No.3: Spring 2000. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (farewell to the fun factor?). The Riverside Park >> Six Flags New England metamorphosis (11 pages: a history from the 1880s to 2000). Florida’s latest thrills (5 pages: Islands of Adventure’s “Dueling Dragons” and “Incredible Hulk,” and Busch Gardens’ “Gwazi”). Off the ridden track in Japan (13 pages: Itozu Yuen, Space World, Rakutenchi, Kijima Resort, Washuzan Highland, Nara Dreamland, Skyland Ikoma, Ayameike Park, Nagashima Spaland, Kobe Portopialand, Festival Gate, Toshimaen, Yomiuriland, Korakuen, Yokohama Cosmo World, Yokohama Joypolis, Yokohama Dreamland, Fujikyu Highland, Tokyo Summerland, etc.). Castles and Coasters’ Desert Storm (4 pages +facts). Philadelphia’s Woodside Park (6 pages: 1800s to 1955, +Figure Eight Whizzer, The Hummer, Mountain Scenic, Whirlwind Coaster, Tornado, Wildcat, etc.). The virtual coaster (4 pages: Chris Lusk’s “Labyrinthe” AutoCAD creation). [Front cover: Castles and Coasters’ “Desert Storm.” Back cover: Six Flags New England’s “Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE074[Magazine Vol.21/No.4: Summer 2000. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. California’s Adventure City (4 pages: Bea and Jay DeArmond’s family story, +Tree Top Racers review). The Corkscrew is 25-years-old (4-page feature). Great Coasters International’s Millennium Flyers (4 pages: GCI rolling-stock manufacture). Finland’s Linnanmäki (7 pages: Vuoristorata – history, safety, etc.). UK coastering (10 pages: Camelot, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Oakwood, Drayton Manor Park, Alton Towers, American Adventure, etc.). European coastering on a budget (8 pages: Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Park, Great Yarmouth, American Adventure, Oakwood, Chessington World of Adventures, Efteling, Parc Astérix, Disneyland Paris, Port Aventura, and a German fair for Eurostar). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Goliath (7 pages: the opening event). [Front cover: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Big Dipper.” Back cover: Linnanmäki’s “Vuoristorata”]. [visit ACE]


ACE075[Magazine Vol.22/No.1: Fall 2000. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes discusses the industry’s impeccable safety record). Lake Compounce’s Boulder Dash (7 pages +facts). Six Flags St. Louis’ Boss (a 3-page ride review). Cedar Point’s Millennium Force (6 pages: a review +facts). The 1977 movie “Rollercoaster” (8-page feature: +an interview with director James Goldstone). Hersheypark’s Lightning Racer (4 pages +facts). Myrtle Beach’s Hurricane Category 5 (5 pages +facts). New Orleans’ Jazzland (6 pages: Mega Zeph, Zydeco Scream, Muskrat Scrambler, Rex’s Rail Runner, etc.). Jazzland’s Mega Zeph (a review +facts). Bolliger & Mabillard’s floorless roller coasters (9 pages: Six Flags Great Adventures’ “Medusa,” Fiesta Texas’ “Superman Krypton Coaster,” Six Flags Marine World’s “Medusa,” Six Flags Ohio’s “Batman Knight Flight,” and SeaWorld Orlando’s “Kraken”). Germany’s Warner Bros Movie World (a 2-page photo gallery). [Front cover: Lake Compounce’s “Boulder Dash.” Back cover: Looking down the first drop on Cedar Point’s “Millennium Force”]. [visit ACE]


ACE076[Magazine Vol.22/No.2: Winter 2001. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Paramount’s Kings Island’s Son of Beast (8 pages: +a review and facts). Son of Beast = problem child (3 pages: growing pains and downtime). Six Flags Ohio’s Villain (4 pages: +Batman Knight Flight, Road Runner Express, and Superman Ultimate Escape facts). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). Coaster Con XXIII (10 pages: ACE visit Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, and Paramount’s Kings Island). “ACE – Guide To Ride 2000” (order form for the newly published book). Holiday World’s Legend (5 pages: the park, the Legend, the experience +coaster facts). South Africa’s roller coasters (8 pages: Ratanga Junction = “Cobra,” “Bushwhacker” and “Diamond Devil Run.” Gold Reef City = “Anaconda” and “Golden Loop” +other rides). This issue includes two full-page Coaster Con XXIII group photos, and an ACE Day group photo. [Front cover: Holiday World’s “Legend.” Back cover: An aerial view of Paramount’s Kings Island’s “Son of Beast”]. [visit ACE]


ACE077[Magazine Vol.22/No.3: Spring 2001. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Head to head (7 pages: comparing the roller coasters of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Cedar Point). The Scenic Railway – a vanishing breed (14 pages: +the “Scenic Railway” at Melbourne Luna Park, “Rutschebanen” at Tivoli Gardens, “Rutschebanen” at Bakken, “Vuoristorata” at Linnanmäki, “Hochschaubahn” at Prater Park, “Hullámvasút” at Vidám Park, “Montaña Suiza” at Monte Egueldo, “Scenic Railway” at Dreamland Margate, and “Roller Coaster” at Great Yarmouth). Nagashima Spaland’s Steel Dragon 2000 (4 pages: D.H. Morgan’s monster!, higher – faster – longer, 3 in 1, withstanding typhoons and earthquakes). Memories of Pennsylvania’s Mount Gretna Park (4 pages: 1883 to 1940s, +Kauffman’s Park). Korean roller coasters (13 pages: Children’s Grand Park, Jayu Land, Kwangju Family Land, Everland, Korean Folk Village +Lotte World is now closed). [Front cover: Great Yarmouth’s “Roller Coaster” scenic railway. Back cover: Children’s Grand Park’s “88 Train”]. [visit ACE]


ACE078[Magazine Vol.22/No.4: Summer 2001. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes: Rollercoaster! staff changes). Six Flags Holland (3 pages: Robin Hood, El Condor, La Via Volta, and the Flying Dutchman Mine Ride). Six Flags Over Texas’ Shock Wave (5 pages: +the coaster’s many different colour schemes). Six Flags Over Texas’ Titan (5 pages +a review). Where Six Flags was born (an 8-page feature: Angus G. Wynne, the 1960s beginning, the 1970s boom, the 1980s, the 1990s giant years, 2000 rediscovery, +a chronology “40 Years of History 1961 to 2001”). Mine over matter (a 7-page feature: the Mine Train coaster is 35-years-old +a list of Arrow Mine Trains and junior Mine Trains 1966 to 1997). European tour (12 pages: the attractions of Efteling, Bobbejaanland, Foire du Trône, Parc Astérix, Disneyland Paris, Phantasialand, and Walibi Wavre / Six Flags Belgium). The death of Coney Island’s Thunderbolt (4 pages +a history). [Front cover: Six Flags Over Texas’ “Titan.” Back cover: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Gold Rusher”]. [visit ACE]


ACE079[Magazine Vol.23/No.1: Fall 2001. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Indiana Beach’s Cornball Express (6 pages: a review +facts). Disney’s California Adventure’s California Screamin’ (5-page review). Disney’s California Adventure (6 pages about the new park: Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Condor Flats, Golden State, Bountiful Valley, Pacific Landing, Paradise Pier, California Screamin’s technical specifications +facts). Wild Adventures’ Cheetah (4 pages: +facts and other attractions). Coasters go back to the future (4 pages: old and new trends in coaster design +36 roller coaster variations). Six Flags Great Adventure’s Nitro (6 pages: a review +facts). Silver Dollar City’s Wildfire (5 pages: a review +facts). Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge (6 pages: Steel Phantom > Phantom’s Revenge +a review and facts). This issue includes full-page Summer Preservation Con 2001, and Spring Con 2001 group photos. [Front cover: Kennywood’s “Phantom’s Revenge.” Back cover: Indiana Beach’s “Cornball Express”]. [visit ACE]


ACE080[Magazine Vol.23/No.2: Winter 2002. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Conneaut Lake Park is back (4 pages: a history +rides and attractions). Dorney Park’s Talon (a 5-page review). Meet John Waldrop (2 pages: John Waldrop 1938–1999). Paramount’s Kings Island’s junior rides (5 pages: Rugrats Runaway Reptar, Scooby’s Ghoster Coaster, The Beastie, Taxi Jam, Wild Thornberrys River Adventure, etc.). Coaster Con XXIV (14 pages: members converge at Hersheypark, Williams Grove, and Dorney Park, +news, reviews, presentations and special events). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). New England Parks (6 pages: Funtown Splashtown, Canobie Lake Park, and Whalom Park +the Save Whalom Park campaign). Six Flags Belgium’s Loup Garou – Weerwolf (3 pages). 4 ACE profiles. This issue includes two Coaster Con XXIV group photos (one photo is full-page). [Front cover: Hersheypark’s “Comet.” Back cover: Canobie Lake Park’s “Yankee Cannonball”]. [visit ACE]


ACE081[Magazine Vol.23/No.3: Spring 2002. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Texas State Fair Park’s “Comet”. No Limits (5 pages: virtual roller coasters). Fuji-Q Highlands’ Dodonpa (3 pages). Marshall Hall Amusement Park 1876–1978 (6 pages about Maryland’s lost park). Discovery World’s Gravity Max (3 pages: Taiwan’s tilt coaster review +facts). Part I – Scandinavian coasters (8 pages: Tivoli Gardens, Bakken, Bonbon-Land, and Liseberg). Bartlett’s Flying Turns (8 pages: Arrow’s 1979 Flying Turns-style prototype, +“Flying Turns” at Chicago’s Century of Progress, Euclid Beach Park, Lakeside Park, Fyn’s Tivoli, Steeplechase Park, Riverview Park, and “Bobsleds” at Palisades Park, Coney Island, The Great Escape, etc.). Small parks of southern California (4 pages: Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom, Scandia Fun Center, Upland Family Fun Center, +a focus on Castle Park). Thailand’s roller coasters (7 pages: Dream World, Siam Park City, Yoyo Land, Leoland, +now closed Magic Land). [Front cover: Fuji-Q Highlands’ “Dodonpa.” Back cover: Discovery World’s “Gravity Max”]. [visit ACE]


ACE082[Magazine Vol.23/No.4: Summer 2002. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Tom Rhodes discusses “Things that Aren’t Here Anymore”). How I became a roller coaster enthusiast (4 pages: Karen Greer discloses all). India’s roller coasters (5 pages: Essel World, Fantasyland, and Appu Ghar). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “X” (10 pages: a review +technical insight). Tricks of the trade and little surprises (3 pages: championing small and mid-sized roller coasters). An interview with Richard Rodriguez (7 pages charting 25 years of endurance marathons: +Coney Island “Cyclone” marathon of 1977, Normand St Pierre’s challenges for the world record, Blackpool Pleasure Beach “Big Dipper” marathons, the “Boss-A-Thon” of 2001, etc.). Kennywood’s Racer is 75-years-old (3 pages +other rides). Part II – Scandinavian coasters (8 pages: Tusenfryd, Gröna Lund, Särkänniemi, and Linnanmäki). 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Six Flags St. Louis’ “Boss.” Back cover: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “X”]. [visit ACE]


ACE083[Magazine Vol.24/No.1: Fall 2002. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Cedar Point’s Wicked Twister (4 pages: reviews +facts). Six Flags Over Georgia’s Superman Ultimate Flight (4 pages: fly like an eagle, diligent development, +facts). 3 ACE profiles. Members’ letters and opinions (endurance marathons erratum from Rollercoaster! #82). Six Flags New England’s Batman The Dark Knight (6 pages: a review +facts). Six Flags Over Georgia is 35-years-old (14 pages: the history of the park and its key rides and attractions 1967 to 2002). Hersheypark’s Roller Soaker (6 pages: a review +facts). Indiana Beach’s “Superstition Mountain” becomes “The Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain” (8 pages: in 1978 Tom Spackman Sr. opened a mild dark-ride > in 2002 it was transformed into a wild roller coaster +facts). [Front cover: Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Superman Ultimate Flight.” Back cover: Indiana Beach’s “The Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain”]. [visit ACE]


ACE084[Magazine Vol.24/No.2: Winter 2003. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: “Coaster World to RollerCoaster!” (the magazine’s new look). Knott’s Berry Farm’s Xcelerator (4 pages +facts). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Revolution (7 pages: Coaster Con XXV, the classic looper and its Hollywood roots +Timothy Bottoms accepts a plaque). Resurrecting Sensurround (rigging the theatrical gimmick employed in the 1977 movie “Rollercoaster”). Part I – European Coaster Odyssey (25 pages: ACE visits Thorpe Park +Colossus report, Flamingo Land +Magnum Force report, Lightwater Valley, Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach +Steeplechase report, Alton Towers +Air report, Drayton Manor Park, Oakwood, Dreamland Margate, Rotunda Amusement Park +Runaway Coaster report, also includes a diary detailing the tour’s planning). Photo Contest winners (3 pages). Whippet Snippets (article submissions guidelines). 4 ACE profiles. This issue includes two full-page Coaster Odyssey group photos. [Front cover: Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Xcelerator.” Back cover: Aboard Thorpe Park’s “Colossus”]. [visit ACE]


ACE085[Magazine Vol.24/No.3: Spring 2003. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Member’s letter. Filming Rollercoaster (9 pages: Timothy Bottoms (actor), James Goldstone (director), Monica Lewis Lang (actress), William Link (screenwriter), Henry Bumstead (production designer), David M. Walsh (director of photography), and Bernie Cutler (assistant art director) discuss the making of the 1977 movie, +Lalo Schifrin (composer) discusses his soundtrack, and Richard Hatem rides the “Revolution” with Timothy Bottoms). Part II – European Coaster Odyssey (24 pages: ACE visits Six Flags Belgium, Efteling, Six Flags Holland +Goliath report, Heide Park +Colossos report, Holiday Park +Expedition GeForce report, Europa-Park +Silver Star, Euro-Mir and Poseidon reports, Parc Astérix, +tour highlights). Mack Bobsleds (7 pages +an overview of the Mack Company). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Holiday Park’s “Expedition GeForce.” Back cover: Heide Park’s Statue of Liberty and “Colossos”]. [visit ACE]


ACE086[Magazine Vol.24/No.4: Summer 2003. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Part I – Long Beach’s Cyclone Racer (12 pages: the legend of the world’s greatest ride +The Pike and Nu-Pike’s other attractions). Cliff’s Amusement Park’s New Mexico Rattler (a 6-page review). New Mexico Rattler – delayed (‘in July 2002, Custom Coasters International closed its factory and offices resulting in a construction hiatus, however…’). New RollerCoaster! (opinions on the magazine’s new look). Hyper coasters (11 pages: charting 15 years of roller coasters over 200ft/61m tall). Vekoma Boomerangs (3 pages: 13 Boomerang photos to identify +answers). The roller coasters of Walt Disney World (8 pages: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Barnstormer, Primeval Whirl, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, etc.). 3 ACE profiles. Member’s letter. [Front cover: A model of Long Beach’s “Cyclone Racer.” Back cover: Cliff’s Amusement Park’s “New Mexico Rattler”]. [visit ACE]


ACE087[Magazine Vol.25/No.1: Fall 2003. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Part II – Long Beach’s Cyclone Racer (6 pages: the legend of the world’s greatest ride with facts +Larry Osterhoudt’s Cyclone Racer model). Wild Mouse coasters (9 pages: the history of Wild Mouse roller coasters and their manufacture +the legend of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Wild Mouse”). Coaster Con XXVI (22 pages: members converge at Paramount’s Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg +reviews, presentations, reflections on 25 years of the American Coaster Enthusiasts 1978-2003, etc.). Members’ letters and opinions. Photo Contest (3 pages). Celebrating 75 years of Rye Playland (4 pages: “Playland – Family Fun Since 1928”). Coaster World to RollerCoaster! (3 pages: then and now – 25 years of ACE’s official magazine). 3 ACE profiles. This issue includes two full-page Coaster Con XXVI group photos. [Front cover: Paramount’s Kings Dominion’s “Anaconda.” Back cover: A 2003 view over Rye Playland]. [visit ACE]


ACE088[Magazine Vol.25/No.2: Winter 2004. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Editorial (Tim Baldwin). Celebration City’s Ozark Wildcat (5 pages +a review). Amusement park snow-globe paperweights (a 3-page gallery picturing 25 globes). Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster (8 pages: +Cedar Point’s record-breaking roller coasters > 1978= Gemini, 1989= Magnum XL-200, 1991= Mean Streak, 1994= Raptor, 1996= Mantis, 2000= Millennium Force, 2002= Wicked Twister, 2003= Top Thrill Dragster). Wild Waves and Enchanted Village’s Timberhawk (4 pages). “Legend City – A Frontier Funland” (12 pages: remembering Arizona’s lost park from 1961 to 1983 +the vacant site today). The roller coasters of Scandinavia (a 6-page review: Särkänniemi’s Half Pipe, BonBon-Land’s Vild Svinet, Gröna Lund’s Vilda Musen, Tusenfryd’s SuperSplash, and Liseberg’s Balder). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Scream!” (a 4-page review). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Wild Waves and Enchanted Village’s “Timberhawk.” Back cover: Cedar Point’s “Top Thrill Dragster”]. [visit ACE]


ACE089[Magazine Vol.25/No.3: Spring 2004. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Whippet Snippets (Terrence L. Lind joins the RollerCoaster! team). AstroWorld – portrait of an industry (a 12-page feature: the beginning years, the Six Flags touch, relocation, 35th anniversary, looking ahead +the major rides and attractions). AstroWorld’s Texas Cyclone – a stormy history (2 pages). Part I – Japan tour 2003 (12 pages: Hirakata Park, Porto Europa, Rinku Park, Expoland, Enakyo Wonderland, Misaki Park, Tobu Zoo, Tokyo Palette Town Area, La Qua (Tokyo Dome City), and Fuji-Q Highland). Part II – Japan tour 2003 (6 pages: Universal Studios, Kurashiki Tivoli, Monkey Park, Adventure World, Higashiyama Zoo, Sky Garden, and Fruit and Flower Park). Parc Belmont / Belmont Park (a 6-page feature: remembering Montréal’s lost park +the site today). Thorpe Park’s Nemesis Inferno (a 4-page review +facts). 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: AstroWorld’s “Texas Cyclone.” Back cover: Parc Belmont / Belmont Park’s “Le Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE090[Magazine Vol.25/No.4: Summer 2004. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: The Great Escape – celebrating 50 years of fun (an 8-page feature: +Charles R. Wood, a timeline from 1954 to 2004, the major rides and attractions, and the new-for-2003 “Canyon Blaster” mine train). Baltimore’s lost parks and roller coasters (a 20-page feature: Electric Park, Luna Park, Wonderland Park, Hollywood Park, Jack Flood’s Park, Frederick Road Park, Riverview Park, Carlin’s Park / Liberty Heights Park, Bay Shore Park, Tolchester Beach, and Gwynn Oak Park +the coasters of each). “I remember…” (2 pages: members recall Tolchester Beach and Gwynn Oak Park). Out on a LIM (8 pages: a tour of LIM/LSM-launched coasters +a technical insight into magnetic propulsion systems). Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park (3 pages: the California park is reborn). Member’s letter. 3 ACE profiles. [Front cover: The Great Escape’s “Comet.” Back cover: Suzuka Circuit’s LIM-launched “Mad Cobra”]. [visit ACE]


ACE091[Magazine Vol.26/No.1: Fall 2004. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Coaster Con XXVII (18 pages: members converge at Cedar Point, Memphis Kiddie Park and Geauga Lake Park +reviews, presentations, members’ feedback, etc.). Coaster Con XXVII Photo Contest winners (3 full-page photos). Geauga Lake Park – the past is alive and well (6 pages: the history of Picnic Lake / Geauga Lake from 1888 to the present +all the major roller coasters and notable rides). Kings Island’s Beast is 25 years old (8 pages: the history of the popular roller coaster from 1979 to the present). Buckeye Lake Park – the playground of Ohio (6 pages: a history of the park from 1894 to 1973 +The Dips roller coaster and what remains of the park today). Member’s letter. 4 ACE profiles. This issue includes a half-page 2004 Preservation Con group photo, and a half-page 2004 Summer Con group photo. [Front cover: Cedar Point’s “Top Thrill Dragster” and “Millennium Force.” Back cover: Geauga Lake Park’s “Big Dipper”]. [visit ACE]


ACE092[Magazine Vol.26/No.2: Winter 2005. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Members’ letters and opinions. Dollywood’s Thunderhead (a 14-page feature: opinions, similarly styled classic coasters, an insight into Great Coasters International Inc.’s Millennium Flyer rolling stock, +facts). Hersheypark’s Storm Runner (4 pages +facts). Timber Falls’ Avalanche (4 pages +facts). Universal Studios Orlando’s Revenge of the Mummy (4 pages: an explosive opening ceremony, a review +facts). Clementon Lake Park’s Tsunami (an 8-page feature: early beginnings, the ride +a review and facts). Fårup Sommerland’s Falken (4 pages: reviews and facts). Tivoli Gardens’ Dæmonen (4 pages: +Demon reviews and facts). 5 ACE profiles (Great Coasters International Inc. team: Clair Hain, Jeff Pike, Chris M. Gray, Michael L. Boodley, and Robbin Finnerty). [Front cover: Dollywood’s “Thunderhead.” Back cover: Clementon Lake Park’s “Tsunami”]. [visit ACE]


ACE093[Magazine Vol.26/No.3: Spring 2005. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Knott’s Berry Farm’s Silver Bullet (3 pages). A Silver Bullet salute (a 3-page review). The lost roller coasters of Knott’s Berry Farm (2 pages: +Soap Box Derby Racers, Roaring 20s Corkscrew, and Windjammer). “Frank Hoover and the coasters of the PTC” (a 6-page historical feature about Philadelphia Toboggan Company’s finest builder). Michigan’s Adventure is 50 years old (a 10-page feature: +a centrefold poster of Shivering Timbers, etc.). Dollywood is 20 years old (an 8-page feature: 1961= Rebel Railroad, 1970= Goldrush Junction, 1977= Silver Dollar City, 1986= Dollywood). Behind the scenes of Dollywood’s Blazing Fury (a 2-page gallery). Germany’s small parks (8 pages: the attractions of Schloß Beck Freizeitpark, CentrO Park, and Fort Fun Abenteuerland). 4 ACE profiles. This issue features a half-page 2005 Spring Con group photo. [Front cover: Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Silver Bullet.” Back cover: Michigan’s Adventure’s “Shivering Timbers”]. [visit ACE]


ACE094[Magazine Vol.26/No.4: Summer 2005. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Miracle Strip – the final weekend (5 pages). “Goodbye, Miracle Strip, Goodbye” (a message from Buddy Wilkes, the general manager of Miracle Strip). Cypress Gardens then and now (a 6-page feature). Italy’s Gardaland (a 6-page feature detailing the park’s main attractions, including the “Sequoia Adventure” Screaming Squirrel +opinions). “Rye Playland’s Aeroplane Coaster and Me” (4 pages: Walter Strakosch recalls his first ride). Japanese delights (14 pages: the roller coasters of Sendai Highland, Benyland, Oyama Yuenchi, Arakawa Yuen, Tama Tech Motopia, Hamanako Pal Pal, Amanohashidate View Land, Lagunasia, Parque España, Onokoro (Awaji World), Higashiyama Zoo, Seibuen Yuenchi, and Nasu Highland Fantasy Pointe). Welcome to Coasterworld! (6 pages: Mike Helt’s amazing model amusement park). 4 ACE profiles. This issue features a half-page 2005 Spring Con group photo. [Front cover: Miracle Strip’s “Starliner” +monster. Back cover: Amanohashidate View Land’s “Mad Mouse”]. [visit ACE]


ACE095[Magazine Vol.27/No.1: Fall 2005. 22x28cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Coaster Con XXVIII (16 pages: ACE visits Six Flags Great America, Little A-Merrick-A, and Mt. Olympus). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). Nick Laskaris interview (4 pages: Mt. Olympus’ owner discusses Hades). “Whizzing Through the Years with Anton” (4 pages: Schwarzkopf Jet Racers). Part I – The Bolliger & Mabillard Story (16 pages: “In The Beginning= The Space Diver,” “1990= The First B&M Roller Coaster,” “1991= The Good Word Heads West,” “1992= When Everything Happened,” “1993= Another Breakthrough,” “1994= Across The Pond… Batman Goes Hollywood,” “1995= Across The Seas Again; The Imitations Arrive,” “1996= The Standup Returns, The Inverter Grows Up,” “1997= Breaking Loose,” “1998= Taking The Plunge… And Following The Stars”). La Ronde’s Le Monstre is 20 years old (4 pages). Knoebels’ Phoenix is 20 years old (3 pages: Playland’s reborn Rocket). Whippet Snippets (Jan Rush joins the team). 2 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Mt. Olympus’ “Hades.” Back cover: Six Flags Great America’s “Whizzer”]. [visit ACE]


ACE096[Magazine Vol.27/No.2: Winter 2006. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Busch Gardens Africa’s SheiKra (4 pages). Silver Dollar City’s Powder Keg (3 pages). Dorney Park’s Hydra The Revenge (4 pages: +a tribute to Joseph Greene after whom Hydra’s ‘JoJo Roll’ was named). RIP – Dorney Park’s Hercules 1989-2003 (3 pages: +anatomy of the original Hercules photo shoot). The Italian Job – Stunt Track (4 pages: Paramount’s Kings Island and Paramount Canada’s Wonderland). Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka (5 pages: creating the ride). Part II – The Bolliger & Mabillard Story (19 pages: “2000= Out Of Breath, But Not Ideas,” “2001= Thinking In Quality,” “2002= Creating The Ultimate Flight…” “The Lean Years Set In,” “Rebirth And Renewal…” “Like It’s 1999 – Where The Lift Leads From Here…” +members’ favourite B&M coasters, and B&M index of installations 1990 to 2006). Members’ letters and opinions. 2 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Busch Gardens Africa’s “SheiKra.” Back cover: Dorney Park’s “Hydra The Revenge”]. [visit ACE]


ACE097[Magazine Vol.27/No.3: Spring 2006. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Indiana Beach is 80 years old (10 pages: the history of the park). Canada’s Wonderland is 25 years old (10 pages: the history of the park +a table of roller coasters and major installations by year). Werner Stengel interview (3 pages). Part I – Trek for the tough credit in Estonia (3 pages: Kadriorg Tivoli (now closed), and Rocca al Mare’s “Ameerika Mäed” coaster). Part I – The Land of the Rising Fun! (16 pages detailing the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ / European Coaster Club’s tour of Japan: Aqua Stadium, Hanayashiki, Toshimaen, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Yomiuriland, Sega Joypolis, Nasu Highland, Tobu Zoo, +features on Tokyo Dome City and their Thunder Dolphin roller coaster, and Japan’s Scenic Railways). 2 ACE profiles. This issue includes two half-page Land of the Rising Fun! group photos. [Front cover: Indiana Beach’s “Hoosier Hurricane.” Back cover: Tokyo Dome City’s “Thunder Dolphin” threads the hubless Ferris wheel]. [visit ACE]


ACE098[Magazine Vol.27/No.4: Summer 2006. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: A century of steel roller coasters (2 pages: 1906 to 2006). Early steel coaster manufacturers (2 pages: Allan Herschell Company, Miler Coaster Company, F.LLI Pinfari S.r.l, B.A. Schiff & Associates). Anton Schwarzkopf (3 pages). Arrow (4 pages: the Arrow Company’s 41-year history). 25 years of [modern] suspended coasters (a 7-page feature: +Bisby’s Spiral Airship, suspended roller coaster-related patents 1897 to 2005, etc.). Part II – The Land of the Rising Fun! (16 pages detailing the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ / European Coaster Club’s tour of Japan: Expoland, Nara Dreamland, Hirakata Park, Nagashima Spaland, Higashiyama Zoo, Fuji-Q Highland, Yokohama Cosmo World, +features on Parque España and their Gran Montserrat and Pyrenees roller coasters, and Hakkeijima Sea Paradise’s Surf Coaster). Eulogy to New York’s Eldridge Park (6 pages: +Speedway coaster and other rides). Coaster coffee cups (2 pages). 2 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Canada’s Wonderland’s “Vortex” in 1991. Back cover: Nagashima Spaland’s “White Cyclone”]. [visit ACE]


ACE099[Magazine Vol.28/No.1: Fall 2006. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Coaster Con XXIX (16 pages: members converge at Walt Disney World Resort, Dania Beach, Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure, and Wet ‘N Wild +presentations, competitions, group photos, etc.). Walt Disney World’s Expedition Everest (a 4-page review). Photo Contest winners (2 pages). Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Goliath” (4 pages: +big dreams, creating a giant, living large in Atlanta). La Ronde’s “Goliath” (4 pages +facts). Part I – A coaster by any other name… (a 5-page feature about different roller coasters bearing the same name: Goliath, Shockwave, Cyclone, Viper, Vortex, Superman, Ninja, and Top Gun). Beech Bend’s Kentucky Rumbler (a 4-page review). Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Tatsu (4 pages +reviews). 2 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Goliath.” Back cover: Walt Disney World’s “Expedition Everest”]. [visit ACE]


ACE100[Magazine Vol.28/No.2: Winter 2007. 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Full colour]. “100 Moments in Roller Coaster History.” [1] Russian Ice Slides. [2] Belleville Mountains. [3] Mauch Chunk. [4] Switchback Railway. [5] Scenic Railway. [6] Bisby’s Spiral Airship. [7] Centrifugal Railway. [8] PTC. [9] Coney Island Steeplechase Ride. [10] Crystal Beach Cyclone. [11] Coney Island Cyclone. [12] Flying Turns 1929. [13] Grand National. [14] Rye Playland’s Airplane. [15] Wild Mouse. [16] Redesign of Mister Twister. [17] Pippin to Thunderbolt. [18] Steel Phantom to Phantom’s Revenge. [19] “This Is Cinerama” 1952. [20] “Rollercoaster” 1977. [21] Kings Island Sitcoms. [22] Matterhorn Bobsleds. [23] Space Mountain Orlando. [24] Runaway Mine Train. [25] Gemini. [26] First Corkscrew. [27] First Modern Vertical Loop. [28] First Modern Steeplechase. [29] First Launched Coasters 1977. [30] First Modern Suspended Coaster. >>> [40] Ten-Inversion Coaster. >>> [50] Upstop Wheels. >>> [60] +100mph. >>> [70] Idora Park’s Closure. >>> [80] The Rise of GCII. >>> [90] “Roller Coaster Fever” 1979. >>> [100] Flying Turns Reborn. [Front and back covers: Covers of previous issues]. [visit ACE]


ACE101[Magazine Vol.28/No.3: Spring 2007. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Member’s letter. “The Journey to The Voyage” (13 pages: designers Will Koch, Korey Kiepert, Larry Bill, Michael Graham and Chad Miller discuss the creation of Holiday World’s “Voyage” +facts). Will Koch’s first Voyage (3 pages: Will Koch describes his first ride). Intamin’s wooden roller coasters (8 pages: +Colossos, Balder, and El Toro). The roller coasters of Worlds of Fun – 35 years (8 pages: +Zambezi Zinger, Schussboomer, Funicular / Silly Serpent, Extremeroller, Orient Express, Timber Wolf, Wacky Worm, Mamba, Boomerang, Spinning Dragons, and Patriot). Part II – Trek for the tough credit in Guatemala (4 pages: Xetulul for the “Avalancha” and “El Choconoy” coasters +other rides). Tracing the evolution of looping roller coasters (a 6-page feature: 1846= Frascati Gardens’ “Chemin du Centrifuge” >>> The Modern Era). 4 ACE profiles. [Front cover: Holiday World’s “Voyage.” Back cover: Heide Park’s Statue of Liberty and “Colossos”]. [visit ACE]