FIRST DROP 1.

FD001[Magazine: August 1988. 21x30cm – 2 Pages]. The UK’s First Coaster Newsletter about the world’s greatest pastime: Roller Coasters. First Drop aims to give you the information you want, when you want it before anyone else knows! Items will include dates and details of new rides, your profiles, your stories, dates of meetings and any other relevant information, in fact anything to do with Roller Coasters. Chapter Points: 191 foot drop – Magnum XL-200. Top Ten. Swing coaster for Chessington Zoo confirmation. Taking us for a ride? (and parks in the media). New book by Robert Cartmell: “The Incredible Scream Machine”. American Coaster Enthusiasts. Subscription news. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 2.

FD002[Magazine: November 1988. 21x30cm – 2 Pages – 1 B&W photo]. The UK’s First Coaster Newsletter about the world’s greatest pastime: Roller Coasters. Chapter Points: Welcome. Stale Bemboms / Margate neglect? Videos to Watch – parks and coasters on film. Arrow Corkscrew for sale. Wood for Alton Towers? My Top Five by Cyclone Stuart. Blackpool blacked and Blackpool on television. UK Coaster Con ’88. Quote from an article by C. Cupich “The Coaster Experience”. Coaster bits and news. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 3.

FD003[Magazine: December 1988. 21x30cm – 4 Pages – 1 B&W diagram]. 1989 is already looking like being a memorable one with new coasters at Chessington World of Adventures and Camelot Park Hall in the UK. A woodie and Vekoma custom for France and numerous coasters in the States, including the huge Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point. Chapter Points: Chessington World of Adventures swing into action with Vampire. First Drop questionnaire results and members’ poll. My Top Five by Jim Abbate. Blackpool trip report. Video and picture exchange service. Blackpool news. Christmas present ideas! – a coaster or maybe even a whole park! Hot news / worldwide news. A cry for help. Coaster list – help needed. Film bits and coasters on film. Congratulations / member’s roller coaster marriage proposal. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 4.

FD004[Magazine: February 1989. 21x30cm – 8 Pages – 5 B&W images]. The UK’s First Coaster Newsletter. Chapter Points: Welcome. My Top Five by John Musk. U.S. events. Opening dates and prices for UK parks. Coaster meets pinball (Williams ‘Comet’ pintable). Bembom Bros quiz. Coasterthon. Hot news / worldwide news. Video bits – parks and coasters on film. Mountain Park (Holyoke, Massachusetts) rides for sale. Thank you. Roller coaster terminology – a guide. Are you riding safely? Swaparound / members’ merchandise exchange service. I live in hope – a member’s woes. Don’t miss out as First Drop is the UK’s first roller coaster club. We want your articles and submissions. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 5.

FD005[Magazine: April 1989. 21x30cm – 8 Pages – 8 B&W photos]. The UK’s First Coaster Newsletter. There’s a distinctly French feel to this issue with reports on Anaconda at Big Bang Smurf. and Goudurix at Parc Astérix. There’s also a report on David Pickstone’s Wild Mouse. Chapter Points: Viva la France. The big bang theory at Big Bang Smurf. The French Revolution at Parc Astérix. Hot news / worldwide news. An ambition fulfilled with David Pickstone’s Wild Mouse at Brean Leisure Park. American Coaster Enthusiasts’ Euro Tour. The Beast ’79-’89 +Kings Island’s coaster celebrates its tenth anniversary. Stop Press – Magnum XL-200’s test run. Mega park update / new UK park proposal. My Top Five by Justin Garvanovic. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 6.

FD006[Magazine: July 1989. 21x30cm – 12 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The UK’s First Coaster Club Newsletter. Chapter Points: The bigger they are the faster you fall with Hercules and Magnum XL-200. Magnum XL-200 mania +Cedar Point’s other coasters. Dorney delivers (report). Competition. What’s happening? / worldwide news. Park Profile on Blackpool Pleasure Beach. A new star has risen with Camelot’s Tower of Terror. Help! There’s a lack of woodies in the UK. My Top Five by Marin Garvanovic. Coasting to 65 as Santa Cruz’s Giant Dipper celebrates 65th birthday. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 7.

FD007[Magazine: September 1989. 21x30cm – 8 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The UK’s First Coaster Club Newsletter is one year old! Chapter Points: Why? …as Canada’s Crystal Beach Park closes. David Pickstone’s Wild Mouse marathon. Top Spots / top five UK parks. Chessington World of Adventures’ Vampire. Park Profile on Wembley Park in London. Timber Wolf – from new to being ranked #2 and in just three months. What’s happening? / worldwide news. Park Remark concerning Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Grand National and Rollercoaster that now run four-car trains. Competition results. My Top Five by Neil Saunderson. Eurotour in France. First Drop back issues are available. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 8.

FD008[Magazine: December 1989. 21x30cm – 8 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The UK’s First Coaster Club Newsletter’s Christmas Issue. Chapter Points: The ’90s Britain’s coaster decade? Schwarzkopf does it again +celebrating Anton Schwarzkopf’s roller coasters. Eurotour to France. Coaster Bash and First Drop visits Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Cine 2000 films. Amusement park books and publications. News. My Top Five by John Zold. Spacewarp – the coaster kit by Bandai. Park Remarks – Worlds of Fun and old Elitch Gardens. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 9.

FD009[Magazine: February 1990. 21x30cm – 12 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The UK Coaster Club newsletter about the world’s greatest pastime: Roller Coasters. Chapter Points: Battersea power station for sale? Coming soon to a park near you – Weiner Looping. Manufacturer Profile – Vekoma. Hang on for the Vampire at Chessington. Open for business / UK park opening times and dates. Coaster meets ’90 / Club events. They can’t all hold records – Lakemont Park’s Skyliner. News. Park Profile on Alton Towers. Park Remark. Q&A / members’ questions answered. Interschau ’90. On Track for July – Lightwater Valley’s new ride. My Top Five by Rachael Hillman. Survey results / members’ poll. Mega UK park update – planning refused. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

LAST DRIP 1.

LD001[Newsletter: April 1990. 21x30cm – 2 Pages – 1 Exclusive photo!]. Yes, the Club does have a sense of humour, and so we celebrate April Fools’ Day 1990 by presenting: “LAST DRIP – The UK’s First Sink & Bath Newsletter.” Chapter Points: Faulton Towers to get new Glass Coaster +an exclusive picture of the massive 400ft lift hill! The travels of Andrew ‘Ladybird’ Marshall. Top ten coaster tips. Competition – win a world trip. Park Profile on Connaught Recreation Ground. Questions and answers. Coaster meet in Iceland. Top 5. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 10.

FD010[Magazine: April 1990. 21x30cm – 8 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The UK Coaster Club newsletter about the world’s greatest pastime: Roller Coasters. Chapter Points: Pearson buys Alton Towers. Chessington World of Adventures +Vampire’s first runs. My Top Five by Michael Smith. Top Ten extra. Destination U.S.A.? / USA travel. Lightwater Valley clearing ground for a new coaster. T.R.T.D. is a terrifying coaster disease. What’s Happening? / news. It “wood” only happen in America – Texas Giant, Georgia Cyclone and The Predator. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 11.

FD011[Magazine: September 1990. 21x30cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Welcome. Big Bang Bash – the Big Bang Smurf Club trip report. Kennywood to build world’s tallest drop with the Steel Phantom. Are all thing in Texas giant? +Texas Giant and other tall rides. What about the UK? Twist and shout with Six Flags AstroWorld’s coasters +Ultra Twister. Park remark at Alton Towers. Frank Bruno tests Thunder Looper’s punch at Alton Towers. Vampire sees the light of day at Chessington World of Adventures. Face to face interview with Blackpool Pleasure Beach owner William Geoffrey Thompson. My Top Five roller coasters by Duncan Smyth. Grand opening for the grandest of them all – Grand National’s new station. Timber Wolf revisited. Cedar Point to build world’s tallest wooden coaster with Mean Streak. It’s a great coaster but… the Coney Island Cyclone. What’s happening? / worldwide news. Lightwater Valley update +Ultimate construction. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

LAST DRIP 2.

LD002[Newsletter: April 1991. 21x30cm – 2 Pages – 1 B&W photo]. Yes, the Club does have a sense of humour, and so we celebrate April Fools’ Day 1991 by presenting: “LAST DRIP – The UK’s First Sink & Bath Newsletter.” Chapter Points: Competition – Win a Coaster! Park Profile – Bembows Valley of Adventures. Last Drip Tips. The continuing travels of Andrew ‘Ladybird’ Marshall. Coaster meet in Iceland (report). Face-to-face with Fred Smedley – roller coaster train spotter! [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 12.

FD012[Magazine: April 1991. 21x30cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This issue is dedicated to Bill Cobb the legendary coaster designer (1917-1990). Chapter Points: Mr Roller Coaster and celebrating Bill Cobb’s achievements. Q&A / members’ questions answered. My Top Five roller coasters by John Simpson. Across the ocean +new US coasters. Survey ’90 / members’ poll. Danger Zone – a new breed of coaster. Blackpool Bash. Face to face with Bill Cobb (interview). Coaster clean-up as members paint David Pickstone’s Wild Mouse. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Viper. Lightwater Valley update and the Ultimate’s first run. Trak Talk / news. My Top Five roller coasters by Jennifer Pinner. Park Remark Special (14 Park Remarks). “First Drop” on television. Acknowledgements. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 13.

FD013[Magazine: August 1991. 21x30cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Belle Vue Special. Chapter Points: Welcome. Bobs the job at Belle Vue in Manchester: A rare species in Great Britain. Short Belle Vue history. Bobs – what’s in a name? The three coasters – Bobs, Whirlwind Dipper and Scenic Railway. Personal recollections. My first ride on the Bobs. Safe? = Yes! The Traver connection. Other interviews. Patched up for peace during WWII. Vance’s victory / Vance Tutton’s Bobs marathon. Changes. One other Bobs plus a Dragon. Last word. Britain’s best kept secret is Flamingo Land. Everything comes to he who waits at Alton Towers. Arrow hits the bulls-eye. Better late than never +the Ultimate ride report. My Top Five roller coasters by Chris McFarlane. Fun in the sun with the Club’s trip to Great Yarmouth. Trak Talk / worldwide news. Going to the U.S.? Read this new book. Park Remark / members’ comments. Coasting California style +Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Psyclone and others. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 14/15.

FD014-015[Magazine: December 1991. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Double Issue. Chapter Points: Welcome. If you can’t build out – build up! +Blackpool Pleasure Beach announce world’s tallest, fastest coaster. Q&A / members’ questions are answered. U.S. park awards / First Drop awards. It’s Mean +Cedar Point’s coasters. The Phantom lives +Kennywood’s coasters. Competition. My Top Five roller coasters by David Littlewood. Member’s offer / photos. Park of the Year = Blackpool Pleasure Beach 1991. Wordsearch puzzle. Ultimate’s accident 29th July 1991. Pegasus celebrates a successful season at Efteling. First Drop back issues are available. Park Remark. My Top Five roller coasters by David Andrews. Trak Talk / news. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Leonard Thompson honoured. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Fun House fire destroys Wild Mouse cars. Ride Remark +Lightwater Valley’s The Ultimate, etc. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

LAST DRIP 3.

LD003[Newsletter: April 1992. 21x30cm – 4 Pages – 1 B&W photo]. Yes, the Club does have a sense of humour, and so we celebrate April Fools’ Day 1992 by presenting: “LAST DRIP – The UK’s First Sink & Bath Newsletter.” Chapter Points: Grand National to be dismantled. The Bittersea – new park in London. Things to do in a coaster queue. Build your own coaster simulator on the cheap! Competition – win an amusement park! Major new coaster found at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Top 5. “Dear Fred Dripping…” with Last Drip’s very own agony uncle. Coaster Tour ’91. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 16.

FD016[Magazine: May 1992. 21x30cm – 26 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This issue marks the start of a totally new look for First Drop. Chapter Points: Welcome. A work of art at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Busch Gardens competition. Project Monster update / Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s record breaker. Germany / Denmark tour 1991. British coaster book by Robert Preedy “Roller Coasters Their Amazing History”. Members’ offer / photos. Survey results / members’ poll. First Drop back issues are available. Alton Towers ’92 =New Beast, Haunted House and Runaway Train. Italy joins exclusive club with Sierra Tonante at Mirabilandia. Coaster spouses. My Top Five roller coasters by Stuart Cosgrove. First Drop – from us to you. Hinesight. My Top Five roller coasters by Trevor Kersley. The Ultimate insult at Lightwater Valley – Ultimate report. Coasters on show at IAAPA 1991. Park Remark / members’ Q&A. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Fun House memoirs. Ride Remark – Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Fun House. Trak Talk / worldwide news. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 17.

FD017[Magazine: July 1992. 21x30cm – 26 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This issue is dedicated to Curtis Summers – coaster designer (1930-1992). Chapter Points: Welcome. Curtis Summers the engineer. Curtis Summers’ tribute. Coaster overview (a celebration of Curtis Summers’ roller coasters). Sierra Tonante update. My Top Five by Stephen Adams. Batman – The Ride +Six Flags Great America’s coasters. Rattler shakes up Texas. Project Monster update / Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s record breaker. Jean-Marc at the Parc / European news. Coaster Fix It. Archives – a wooden swing coaster. Euro Trip 2 to Efteling (report). Park Remark and members’ letters. Park reports. The greed for speed and coasters’ velocity under the critical spotlight. Coaster trade up or down? +West Midlands Safari Park. Another one bites the dust – The Flyer at the Canadian Expo’. Trak Talk and worldwide news. Back issues are available. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 18.

FD018[Magazine: December 1992. 21x30cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: A brand new woodie for Britain at Gulliver’s World. 1994 is The Year of the Coaster. Archives – the Somersault Railway at Eastham in 1908. Coasting under cover / indoor coasters report. Blackpool Bash ’92. The Coney Island Cyclone 1927-1992…; Space City – the shape of things to come? / proposed theme park for Manchester, England. Project ’94 update / Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s record breaker. We dooooooooooooo – roller coaster marriage. Belle Vue Manchester books and publications. Jean-Marc at the Parc – a Euro Disney report. A man’s best friend is his Mouse! (David Pickstone’s Wild Mouse). Orphan Rocker is the king of the Australian Outback. Model builders and coaster models. Park reports. Park Remark. Re-launch the Comet / Crystal Beach’s Comet to live again? My Top Five by Jim Futrell. The Ultimate Ultimate. Lightwater Valley 1992. On Track / worldwide news. Back issues are available. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 19.

FD019[Magazine: February 1993. 21x30cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Drayton Manor Park’s “Shockwave” is no ordinary thriller. Alton Towers 1994 – the great guessing game / new coaster rumours. A coaster poem by Catherine Hewson. Project ’94 update. Survey ’92 – the results. Park Guide ’93 +UK park opening times, etc. Knoebels’ Phoenix is back with us +Phoenix’s history. Coaster spouses. Flashback – weird or what! Catch the Outlaw. The Battersea Big Dipper 1951-1972. Submitting articles – First Drop needs you. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Park Remark / members’ views. On Track news. My Top Five by Tony Dilworth. Back issues. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

LAST DRIP 4.

LD004[Newsletter: April 1993. 21x30cm – 4 Pages – 1 B&W photo]. Yes, the Club does have a sense of humour, and so we celebrate April Fools’ Day 1993 by presenting: “LAST DRIP – The UK’s First Sink & Bath Newsletter.” Chapter Points: The park that time forgot (“A Lost World of Amusement” by Barry Norman / serious piece). Competition – win a Grand National track pin! Face-to-face / an exclusive interview with the head of Faulton Towers. Amusement perks. “Dear Fred Dripping…” / enthusiasts’ favourite agony uncle. Last Drip trip to Thorpwood Hills. An Apple a day / an ‘Apple coaster’ celebration. Speeling problems and typographical errors found in First Droop :-). Stop Press – Lightwater Valley to top “The Ultimate” by adding a Ladybird coaster. Top five wood. Bitter Bittersea. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 20.

FD020[Magazine: May 1993. 21x30cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Euro Disney to get looping coaster. Frankfurt Dippemess +fair report. Still no official details about Alton Towers’ rumoured new coaster. Park Guide ’93 update. Busch Gardens open Kumba – B&M does it again. Grand National wrecked (horse race = false start). Archives: The Cyclone at Crystal Beach in Ontario. Jean-Marc at the Parcs / European park opening dates, etc. Video viewpoint (a proposed video). Dorney Park is just one of the family. Cryptic coaster crossword by Paul Antcliffe. Gulliver’s woodie delayed until 1994. My Top Five by Sandra Langford. Project ’94 update – stage one completion of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s record breaker. Park Remark / Blackpool Pleasure Beach pricing debate. Wanted / members’ wanted items. On Track news. Are you an adrenalin junkie? / events. Back issues. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 21.

FD021[Magazine: November 1993. 21x30cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Alton Towers update – Nemesis comes to life as the ride is confirmed. Chance Toboggans – a screwed up coaster? My Top Five by Mike Baldwin. Euro Trip 3 – the Anaconda strikes back at Walibi Smurf +Club trip reports. Drayton Manor update – Shockwave is nearly ready. First Drop Roller Coaster Guide (a guide to 53 UK parks). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood’s first column laments the loss of many traditional parks in the US, UK, etc.). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Project ’94 update / structure arrives. Project ’94 – the facts and figures. Jean-Marc at the Parcs / parks in Holland, Belgium and France. On Track / worldwide news. Back issues. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 22.

FD022[Magazine: February 1994. 21x30cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Question: which country is home to these new coasters? / Pepsi Max Big One, Shockwave and Nemesis. Is Kumba as good as it looks? +members’ reports. Shockwave update – could you all please rise. My Top Five by William Summers. Jean-Marc at the Parc – a Viper comes to your theatre (Jean-Marc Toussaint interviews Christian Slater and Tony Scott). Pepsi Max The Big One update. So, what’s in a name? / the Pepsi Max Big One naming debate. Fun In The Sun / Summer Bash ’93 at Brean Leisure Park. Raptor is B&M’s biggest yet at Cedar Point. Alton Towers’ Nemesis will soon be ready for a test run. Awards weekend ’93 – the wet one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Southport Pleasureland. My Top Five by Ian Fisher. Park Remarks – Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Southport Pleasureland. Rides on show at IAAPA ’93. On Track / worldwide news. Batman – here it comes again with Batman – The Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Back issues. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

LAST DROP 5.

LD005[Newsletter: April 1994. 21x30cm – 2 Pages]. We all know that coaster riding is a serious business, so enjoy a look at the non serious side of it! Chapter Points: Woodie for Sidcup World of Adventures. Ten Flags to open more parks. Mega Coaster – plans revealed. Toga employees rebel at dress code. Roller coaster terminology. Club news. Blackpool Pleasure Beach announce massive deal with B&M. British park to open record-breaking coaster. A local resident forces a name change (Mr. John Meddle). Improvements made to Shuttle Loop. Puniversal opens a new coaster. Vecombover develop Pipeline-type coaster. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 23.

FD023[Magazine: April 1994. 21x30cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos]. U.S. Trip Special. Chapter Points: How we got there. Coaster plates / vehicle number plates. When we got there. The coaster Peter forgot (Peter Andrews’ amnesia). Worth the wait? – Six Flags Great Adventure’s Batman, Great American Scream Machine and Dorney Park’s Hercules. Knoebels’ gem. U.S remark. Ode to ride / 2 poems. So wadda ya say? / members’ trip reports. Parks thank the Club. …And finally… (more thanks). The Comet returns as The Great Escape reconstructs Crystal Beach’s former coaster. The Pepsi Max Big One update. Shockwave ride reports. Raptor ready to strike at Cedar Point. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses seasonal riding and remembrances). Nemesis ride reports. Park Remarks. Wanted / items sought. On Track / worldwide news. Back issues. Outro. Credits. [includes a ‘First Drop Top Up’ insert]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 24.

FD024[Magazine: June 1994. 21x30cm – 36 Pages – Colour cover / Many B&W photos]. Colour Special. Chapter Points: “Vertical Reality” – the Pepsi Max Big One. Blackpool Bash ’94 and Pepsi Max Big One event members’ reports. How they did it – the Pepsi Max Big One. Head-to-head with Geoffrey Thompson (interview). A Serpent is reborn with Serpiente de Fuego at Chapultepec Park. Jean-Marc at the Parc and European coastering. Feel like Hurling with Carowinds’ Hurler? A day at the fair (German kirmes). Come for a spin on Magic Mountain’s coaster. The Bruch family. A looping delight – Schwarzkopf’s Thriller. Loopathon Weekend at Alton Towers reports. Gulliver’s woodie is back on. “Project Sting” as Flambards’ Hornet is announced. Survey results ’93/’94 members’ poll results. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses roller coaster names). “King of the Coaster” Richard Rodriguez’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach Big Dipper marathon. On Track / worldwide news. Raptor hatches at Cedar Point. Back issues. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 25.

FD025[Magazine: December 1994. 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Gulliver’s woodie. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood compares roller coasters, old and new). Roller coaster physics. Ride in safety. Archives – powered racing “coasters”. Walking the Grand National track. Flambards’ Hornet update. The history of Vekoma. Walibi Group = 20 years of fun. Is Walibi Flevo’s El Condor a hit or a miss? A surprise at Frontierland Morecambe. Motion Master – American Adventure’s simulator. Hollywood Germany! (Warner Bros. Movie World announced). Las Vegas’ Desperado rides in. Nemesis, Shockwave and Big One opinions. Jean-Marc at the… fair. Rocket Seat / Pleasureland Southport’s bungee. Inverter shootout / U.S. inverters. Green Dragon for Brean. Summer Bash ’94 at Brean. Dutch Park Guide. Richard Rodriguez’s 549-hour marathon ends. Coaster gifts. B&M to top Kumba? / Dragon Khan announced. Jean-Marc Toussaint interviews Russel Mulcahy. Park Remarks. Into Africa and Gold Reef City. Tower of Terror at MGM Studios. On Track news. “Theme Park” game. Back issues are available. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 26.

FD026[Magazine: April 1995. 21x30cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: UK to get 2nd new woodie – Oakwood. Wood you believe it? Can you keep a secret? Oakwood – the park. From the earth to the moon and Euro Disney’s Space Mountain. Gulliver’s update. It’s not all huge! -13 smaller US parks’ report. Coaster crossword by Mark Leete. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses the construction of his working wooden roller coaster model: “Mighty Hurricane”). Winter Weekends at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Juan-Marco En El Parco / Port Aventura +Dragon Khan is alive! A Swedish delight – Liseberg and Tivoliland. Free Fall rides +opinions. 1995 opening dates for 12 UK parks. Euro IV – Parc Astérix trip reports. Mr Twister twisted as Elitch Gardens relocates. Flambards’ Hornet construction update. Park Remark / members’ opinions. On Track worldwide news. Coaster videos and a fairground book “The Book of Petworth Fair 1189-1993” by Barry Norman. Outro. Credits. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 27.

FD027[Magazine: August 1995. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Oktoberfest is the German super fair. Port Aventura park and ride details +Dragon Khan. Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower construction. Togo’s experiment with Six Flags Great Adventure’s Viper. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his Top Ten amusement park and roller coaster gripes). Interview with Tim Delaney – Space Mountain’s designer. The Blizzard at Walton-on-the-Naze. Raven report from Holiday World. Oakwood construction update. Sierra Tonante – Italy’s Bill Cobb woodie. Top Gun at Canada’s Wonderland. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Bash ’95 reports, including Frontierland Morecambe. Flambards’ Hornet opens. Fantasy Island update. Tower of Terror Mk2. The King a new French travelling coaster. 1994 survey results. Dr John Roberts’ lecture. Coaster crossword by Paul Antcliffe. UK Tour and park reports. Intamin’s travelling inverter. German Park Guide (26 parks +kirmes dates). On Track worldwide news. Park Remarks. Gulliver’s update – coaster complete. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 28/29.

FD028-029[Magazine: April 1996. 21x30cm – 76 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Double Issue. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. David Glover’s book: “Roller Coaster” is an odd publication. Loopathon 2 reports. Liseberg’s Hang Over report. Eurostar rules Oktoberfest. Warner Bros Movie World planned for west London. Strange name and a strange coaster – Thorpe Park’s X:\No Way Out. Oakwood’s Megafobia > construction > completion > first ride report. Space Mountain report. Port Aventura opinions. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his Top Ten amusement park and roller coaster praises). “Magic numbers” by John Wardley. New U.S. coaster round-up. UK parks’ opening dates and times. Exclusive Ride Session (ERS) – what’s it all about? Gulliver’s Antelope opinions. The world’s most filmed coaster? IAAPA ’95 report. Interschau ’96 report +Anton Schwarzkopf was there! Port Aventura’s wooden racer +full plans. Ralph Stricker’s Tornado / interview with Ralph Stricker of Stricker’s Grove. US ’95 trip reports. Park Remark / members’ opinions. On Track news. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 30.

FD030[Magazine: July 1996. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Superman The Escape update. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood casts his critical eye over the validity of amusement park and roller coaster surveys). John Wardley’s woodies +Spain woodies / first pictures. US Vekoma inverters report. Megafobia opens at Oakwood. Is Megafobia the best thing since sliced bread? +trip reports. The Wildcat roars at Hershey. Can you stand it on Mantis at Cedar Point? Wild Thing at Valleyfair! One for your mummy? / Montu, at Busch Gardens Tampa. Wild Izzy goes for gold at Busch Gardens in Virginia. All grown up with Thorpe Park’s X:\No Way Out +latest news. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Bash 1996 reports. Vive Le Woodix! (Parc Astérix’s woodie story). Temple Du Peril – a behind-the-scenes look at its creation. Park Remarks. Intamin Giant Drop report. On Track worldwide news. “London Eye” observation wheel announced. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 31.

FD031[Magazine: September 1996. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Blackpool South Pier’s new sky coaster. Movieworld Germany +Lethal Weapon. X:\No Way Out at Thorpe Park +ride reports. Tonnerre De Zeus’ first pictures and layout diagrams from Parc Astérix. Park Remarks / Welsh parks. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions on UK parks). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s centenary celebrations (including- Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s history: Sir Hiram Maxim 1840-1916, Grand National’s construction, Funhouse, Virginia Reel, Noah’s Ark, two new Blackpool Pleasure Beach books (“A Century of Fun” and “100 Years of Fun” by Peter Bennett) +the 100 hours Big Dipper marathon). Alpengeist at Busch Gardens. The Great White at Wildwood. Outer Limits at Kings Dominion. Report on the re-opening of Dreamland in Margate. New UK coaster book “Roller Coasters – Shake Rattle and Roll!” by Robert Preedy. Heide Park profile. On Track worldwide news including a picture of the new Japanese mega-coaster, Fujiyama! [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 32.

FD032[Magazine: December 1996. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Megafobia and naked riding at Oakwood. On Track / worldwide news including Southend’s new woodie! Stampida and Tomahawk construction at Port Aventura +John Wardley’s photos. Manhattan Express and Fujiyama are Togo’s new coasters. IAAPA ’96 is the Greatest Show on Earth. Indiana Jones’ Adventure / Jean-Marc Toussaint interviews Imagineer Tony Baxter. Fantasy Island report +Millennium Coaster announced. Liseberg profile. Park Remarks. Thunder Looper’s last day at Alton Towers +a eulogy. Parc Astérix update. Extremely “Extreme” a spin ride report. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1996 coaster season – part 1). Superman The Escape – but how super is it? Freefall rides – are they all the same? +Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Space Shot announced. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 33.

FD033[Magazine: January 1997. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Battersea Power Station Project. On Track news. Alton Towers 1997 +The Blade. New for 1997. A coaster Christmas and Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition. Another world / a Japanese and South Korean parks’ review (including- Beijing Amusement Park, Lenin Park, Suva Park, Lotte World, Seoul Land, Lotte World Sky Plaza, Expoworld – Taejon, Himeji Central Park, Rakutenchi, Kijima Park, Fujikyu Highlands, Osaka Expoland, Yomiuri Land, Portopia – Kure, Korakuen, Spaceworld, Sommarland, Nara Dreamland, Nagashima Spaland, Tokyo Disneyland, Gotemba Family Land, Nihon How Land, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and Mitsui Greenland). Coaster Crazy. Travel Tips. 1997 park opening times and dates. Parc Astérix update +Tonnerre De Zeus’ construction. Steel Stella at Clacton Pier. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1996 coaster season – part 2). Park Remarks. So what is a coaster? – A debate. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 34.

FD034[Magazine: March 1997. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. What is going on with Alton Towers’ SW4 construction? On Track worldwide news. Rotunda’s wooden coaster assembly. The Big One reprofiled. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions on Las Vegas’ roller coasters). Las Vegas – casinos and coasters. Le fairocious experience at the Foire du Trone. Tonnerre de Zeus is ready. Oliver de Bosredon interview. Greece is the world – the Tonnerre de Zeus story. All hail ‘Zeus! Superman defeated? …as Australia’s Dreamworld freefall coaster debuts. Port Aventura’s Stampida is open. Fujiyama reaches for the sky. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Superman now more “super”. Merchandise page. [Includes Southport Pleasureland’s “Hands-On” ‘97 trip report inserts]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 35.

FD035[Magazine: May 1997. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Dreams can come true – Islands of Adventure announced. On Track worldwide news. Holy L.I.M. Batman at Six Flags Great Adventure. Mirror mirror on the wall / EuroMir at Europa-Park. Coasting down under – the parks of New Zealand and Australia. A Force to be reckoned with / Dorney Park’s Steel Force. Flamingo Land’s Mouse. Fun in the sun with Port Aventura’s coasters. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Playstation – the first ride. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses at what point his amusement park ‘fun’ turns to ‘annoyance’). New coaster book review “Are You Chicken?” by Robert Reynolds. The Swiss connection / Alpengeist. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s other coasters +profiles. Battle of the Busch at Busch Gardens Tampa. A coaster made for 1 – Gladiators’ Skytrak at Granada Studios in Manchester (England). Merchandise page. [Includes 1997 “Tour de Force” trip report inserts]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 36.

FD036[Magazine: August 1997. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Volcano – The Blast Coaster at Paramount’s Kings Dominion. On Track worldwide news. An accident prone summer +ride mishaps. The parks of New England. Six Flags New England’s planning report. Monsieur Fix-It! – the rebuilding of a Schwarzkopf Jump Jet coaster that had laid idle for many years. Custom Coasters International (CCI) does it again with another coaster called Zeus at Big Chief’s Go-Kart and Coaster World. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his love/hate affair with Disney’s parks). Standing room only as Chang opens at Kentucky Kingdom. The Rotunda in Folkestone opens the UK’s 13th wooden roller coaster. Connie Otter hosts a party as Conneaut Lake Park reopens. Port Aventura – Tomahawk ride report. EuroMir opens at Europa-Park +report. Islands of Adventure – more concepts and disclosures. Alton Towers’ SW4 – more pictures. Merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 37.

FD037[Magazine: October 1997. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Hershey Park’s Great Bear plans. On Track worldwide news. Efteling’s Vogel Rok construction shots. Project 2000 – Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new ride construction. Unique coaster for Scotland at M&D’s. Islands of Adventure’s Hulk takes shape. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions on the roller coasters of Big Chief Kart and Coaster World). British Leisure Industry Week (LIW) Amusement Show. Prepare for blast off as Cedar Point announces the Power Tower. Alton Towers’ SW4 track appears. Halloween special including features on Passage of Terror in Barcelona, Halloween at Cedar Point, Universal’s parks, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland Paris and Spooky World – behind the scenes. Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper is saved. Nasu Highland’s Big Boom report. Park Remarks. Goose Fair 1997. Merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 38.

FD038[Magazine: December 1997. 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Huss Shot ‘n Drop transportable ride. On Track worldwide news. Tokaydo Express is now gone from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Swine coaster +latest news. Japan’s first LIM coaster +Monte Makaya update. Premier buys Walibi Group. Hamburg Winterdom spinning rides’ report. Factory shots of the new Arrow Wild Mouse. Thriller – the last European ride. Disneyland Paris’ 5 years in review. Park Profile on Phantasialand (Germany). Hamleys in London and their Christmas coaster window display. Alton Towers’ SW4 is complete. IAAPA ’97 report. Report on the new 300ft Sky Coaster in Florida. Michigan’s Adventure’s Timber Giant construction. Trocadero’s Giant Drop update. Islands of Adventure update. Adventure World’s Typhoon Sea Coaster report. Merchandise page. [Includes reports of the Club’s October ‘97 CoasterBahn trip]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 39.

FD039[Magazine: February 1998. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Oblivion (SW4) – the story so far. An interview with Glenn Earlam, the Divisional Director of Marketing at Alton Towers. Oblivion caught on the Internet. An interview with John Wardley. Oblivion was it worth it? Oblivion so now you know. On Track worldwide news. Rattlesnake is Chessington World of Adventures’ new Mouse. New US coaster round-up. Trocadero – ready to drop in? Premier purchases Six Flags. 1998 park opening dates. Intamin’s ride line-up for 1998 and beyond. California’s Scandia Park +report. The new Star Trek ride in Las Vegas. Behind the scenes at Alton Towers. Park Profile of Movie World in Germany. Vogel Rok update. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1997 coaster season – part 1). Excalibur / Funtown construction. Merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 40.

FD040[Magazine: May 1998. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. London’s Trocadero drop ride report. On Track worldwide news. “Wild Rides 2” the TV programme heads to Parc Astérix and films Tonnerre de Zeus. New for ’98. Efteling’s Vogel Rok +rider report. Report on the new B&M inverter, Riddler’s Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Magic in the Mountains – a Six Flags Magic Mountain report. Stand-up shoot-out – stand-up coasters compared (including- Riddler’s Revenge, Chang and Mantis). Reports on Mamba, Morgan’s newest hyper coaster at World’s of Fun. Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Project 2000 update. 1997 survey results. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1997 coaster season – part 2). 10 pages of Oblivion opinions. Gröna Lund’s new Giant Drop that was once an observation tower. Merchandise page. [Includes Pleasureland Southport ‘98 “Hands On” and “Tour de Force” ‘98 trip inserts]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 41.

FD041[Magazine: June 1998. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Mad Cobra to open in Japan. On Track worldwide news. Roar +Adventure World report. Tornado at M&D’s opens. Loudoun Castle to open a wooden Wild Mouse. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions of various Wild Mouse coasters). Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure +reports. Spatiale Experience at Nigloland in France. Excalibur +Funtown rider report. Spinning Mouse opens on the South Pier in Blackpool. Hershey Park’s Great Bear opens. Islands of Adventure’s Hulk is complete and Dueling Dragons is underway. Alabama’s Rampage +report. New Zealand’s Fly By Wire. Granada Studios’ SkyTrak opens in Manchester (England). Cedar Point’s Power Tower opinions. Mr Freeze at Six Flags Over Texas. Tokyo DisneySea to open in 2001. Reverchon spinning mice phenomena. Coaster couples. Legoland Windsor’s new junior coaster reports. Chiller at Six Flags Great Adventure re-opens. Mad Mouse at Pavilion Amusement Park opens. Merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 42.

FD042[Magazine: August 1998. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Drawings of Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Virginia. On Track news including Dirk Auer who rides roller coaster tracks wearing modified roller skates, and Richard Rodriguez’s 1013.5-hour Big Dipper marathon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Islands of Adventure update and Dueling Dragons is almost complete. A large Disneyland (California) report. Journey to Atlantis – SeaWorld’s (Florida) new Mack coaster/flume report. Twisted Sisters the Custom Coasters International (CCI) duelling woodie. Brazil’s Terra Encantada. ‘Flying Pig’ coaster in Germany. Kings Dominion’s new Volcano – The Blast Coaster. Douglas Trumbull interview. Park Profile on Walibi Wavre in Belgium. Phantasialand’s Mystery Castle. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about Six Flags AstroWorld’s Texas Cyclone). Park Remarks and letters. Budapest’s Vidám Park +Hullámvasút report. Oblivion and Superman compared. Merchandise page. [Includes 14 pages of inserts covering the ‘98 Blackpool and ‘98 Germany trips]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 43.

FD043[Magazine: October 1998. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. 10th anniversary issue. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Knoebels to rebuild Mr Twister. On Track / worldwide news including the construction of Pleasureland Southport’s Vekoma SLC and Huss’s new Booster. New for ’99. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back over the last ten years). Drayton Manor Park’s new Storm Force 10. Camelot’s future plans. Scandinavian Parks’ Guide. A large feature on ten years of First Drop including many pictures of rides and parks that have made their mark over this period. Park Remark. New Oblivion room at the Alton Towers hotel. Rides that are also ten years old (including- Pipeline Express, Avalanche, Bayern Express, Jetline, Miralooping, Ninja and Bandit). Views of the last ten years from members of the amusement industry (including- Geoffrey Thompson, John Wardley and Denise Dinn-Larrick). A full page colour photograph of Tonnerre de Zeus. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 44.

FD044[Magazine: January 1999. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Schwarzkopf’s Dreier Looping is coming to Flamingo Land. On Track / worldwide news including Millennium Coaster pictures, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Project 2000 update and Pleasureland Southport’s SLC update). Large GhostRider feature. Andrew “Viper” Barrett finally gets to ride the Viper – the full story! Updates on Apollo’s Chariot, Steel Eel and Gwazi. RollerCoaster Tycoon a new PC game that will allow you to create your own park and coasters. Extensive IAAPA ’98 report including the C.R.A.P (Convention Random Advert Products) Quiz! Archives – Thomas Walker & Sons the British builder of Switchback Railways. Park Profile on Ratanga Junction in South Africa. Warner Bros. Movie World’s Wild Wild West construction update. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses why parks don’t look after their older roller coasters). Are virtual queues the end to lines of misery? [Includes two pages of “Top Up” inserts of news that didn’t make the main issue]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 45.

FD045[Magazine: March 1999. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Islands of Adventure’s Incredible Hulk report. On Track / worldwide news including Drayton Manor Park’s Stormforce 10, Space Park in Germany, Premier Rides’ LIM coaster in Las Vegas, and Custom Coasters International’s (CCI) woodie at Jazzland in New Orleans. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood contemplates what he/you may be doing on 31 December 1999, at 23:59). The 1998 survey results. Park Profile on Bobbejaanland in Belgium. The Roller Coaster Corporation of America’s (RCCA) new woodie at Nara Dreamland in Japan. Steel Eel report. 1999 park opening times. RollerCoaster Tycoon quiz. An article about the fear of tower rides. Bounce – the new Huss tower ride at Oakwood in Wales. Construction update (includes- a large feature covering a host of rides currently under construction: Roar, Face/Off, Wild Wild West, Tennessee Tornado, Serial Thriller, Twister, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, TraumaTizer, Apollo’s Chariot, Gwazi, Silver Comet, Superman – Ride of Steel, Top Gun, Leap the Dips and Joker’s Jinx). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 46.

FD046[Magazine: May 1999. 21x30cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Paramount’s Great America’s new coaster. On Track news including a first look at London’s Millennium Wheel and Son of Beast at Paramount’s Kings Island. Knoebels Twister topped off. The Millennium Coaster at Fantasy Island +report. Great Coasters International’s (GCI) new trains on Roar at Six Flags Marine World. Wild Wild West update. Face/Off report. Medusa report. Construction updates including The Fly, Superman and Silver Comet. Archives – Scenic Mountain Railways. Leap the Dips feature. Kennywood’s Exterminator. Chessington World of Adventures’ Samurai and Pirates 4D reports. EPCOT’s Test Track report. Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper. Club Corner +Park Remarks and more. Apollo’s Chariot reports. Stormforce 10 reports. Legoland in Carlsbad opens. Gwazi construction. Carowinds’ Top Gun reports. The Vekoma SLC = smoothness? Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood tries to determine what exactly constitutes a roller coaster). Georgia Scorcher reports. Raging Bull reports. [Includes ‘99 “Hands On 3” Pleasureland Southport trip inserts]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 47.

FD047[Magazine: July 1999. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Drop Zone at Paramount’s Kings Island +full report. On Track news including Son of Beast construction and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster opens. Disneyland construction update including the new Intamin coaster designed to look like a woodie. Early Gwazi reports. Joker’s Jinx and Two Face open at Six Flags America +reports on each. Europa-Park in Germany opens Matterhorn Blitz +report. Knoebels’ Twister update. Project Stealth at Paramount’s Great America is officially unveiled. Archives – Travelling woodies in the UK. Warner Bros. Movie World’s Wild Wild West feature. Tennessee Tornado a report from Dollywood. Silver Comet at Martin’s Fantasy Island +report. Superman at Six Flags Darien Lake opens to rave reviews. Lakemont Park’s Leap the Dips re-opens. Six Flags Marine World opens Roar. The Santa Cruz Giant Dipper’s 75th birthday +marathon. Club Corner and Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Pepsi Max Big One’s fifth birthday party, Park Remarks, etc. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 48.

FD048[Magazine: September 1999. 21x30cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Cedar Point’s Millennium Force construction. On Track news (including- Oscar Bruch’s new coaster, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach wristbands launched and Frontierland in Morecambe to sell rides…). Wild Adventures in Georgia +report. The sixth Batman opens at Six Flags Over Texas. Kings Island and Son of Beast update. Roller Coaster Tycoon update. Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and DisneyQuest reports. Silverwood’s Tremors’ report. Japan’s Pyrenees. “Theme Park World” gaming sequel unveiled. Knoebels’ Twister feature. Dreier Looping’s construction. Hershey Park’s Lightning Racer construction. Linear Gale the LIM shuttle loop. “Tornado” Intamin inverter opens in Spain. Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Poltergeist report. 24-page Anton Schwarzkopf feature with interviews +gallery ++. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about his “Anton Schwarzkopf encounters”). Club Corner. Lake Compounce’s new woodie. [Includes ‘99 “White Knuckle Weekend” and ‘99 “Wild Weekend” trip inserts]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 49.

FD049[Magazine: November 1999. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. S&S Thrust Air 2000 report. On Track / worldwide news including a new Italian B&M inverter, Anton Schwarzkopf’s 75th birthday, Terra Mítica’s wooden coaster, Frontierland Morecambe update, Gröna Lund’s Jetline re-profile, etc. Oktoberfest ’99 report. Boulder Dash construction. Festival Gate the Japanese theme park and shopping centre. Millennium Force construction. Mach 3 triple looper at Flamingo Land construction complete. Enchanted Forest report. Giovanola’s South African inverter. IAAPA 1999 show report. Kings Island and Son of Beast update. Huss Booster report. Six Flags Marine World’s Medusa update. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Goliath construction. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1999 coaster season – part 1). Huss Fly Away / Project 34 report. Book review. Holiday World’s Legend update. Hull Fair report. Club Corner. Morgan’s Japanese Giga Coaster report. [Includes an extra “Top Up” insert with details of Six Flags Holland]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 50.

FD050[Magazine: January 2000. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Gold Reef City in South Africa and their Giovanola inverter. Disney’s California Adventure construction. On Track worldwide news (including- a new bid for world riding record at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Pleasureland Southport’s Cyclone operates with ‘new’ trains, Kennywood’s Steel Phantom to go, etc.). New coasters for 2000. Mirabilandia’s Katun. European Park opening dates for 2000. Six Flags Holland construction. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1999 coaster season – part 2). Six Flags Ohio construction. Exclusive first look at Reverchon’s Gliding Coaster. A new wooden coaster for Tusenfryd in Norway. Construction updates (including- Speed, Hurricane, Lightning Racer, Super Saturator, Boulder Dash, Son of Beast, Millennium Force, Medusa, Poseidon and Legend at Holiday World). Major report on Stealth the new Vekoma “lay down” coaster at Paramount’s Great America. Club Corner +members have their say. Goliath is the new hyper coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain +a full report. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 51.

FD051[Magazine: March 2000. 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. G5 the second B&M Dive Machine opens at Janfusun in Taiwan. On Track news including Morgan’s “Steel Dragon 2000”. Millennium Force opens at Cedar Point. Gröna Lund’s reprofiled Jetline reopens. Pleasureland Southport opens King Solomon’s Mines (from Frontierland, Morecambe). Cyberspace – Oscar Bruch’s new spinning coaster debuts. Mirabilandia’s Katun reports. Mack’s “super flume” Poseidon construction. Coaster Works! open their first woodie at Race World, and a second coaster rises at Grand Prix Race-O-Rama. Drayton Manor Park opens Apocalypse. Indiana Beach’s Hurricane opens. “Mouse Tales” book review. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 1999 coaster season – part 3). Tusenfryd’s woodie construction. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla opens. Flamingo Land’s Magnum Force opens. Club Corner. Frontierland Morecambe’s Texas Tornado is razed. Six Flags Holland review. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 52.

FD052[Magazine: May 2000. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos, 6 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Särkänniemi’s Metro construction. On Track news (including- tilt coaster from Giovanola, Thorpe Park’s new 10 looper, Morecambe Frontierland’s Texas Tornado demolition photos, and Kennywood’s Steel Phantom to be rebuilt). Tusenfryd’s ThunderCoaster construction. RollerCoaster Tycoon Loopy Landscapes. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Perilous Plunge construction. Club Corner. Six Flags America’s Superman – a full report. Carowinds’ Super Saturator. Pax’s Wild Train opens in France. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about his new year in Florida). Full reports: Boss, Legend (Holiday World), Steel Dragon 2000, Speed (Las Vegas), Medusa, Boulder Dash, Kraken, Superman at Six Flags New England, Son of Beast and Lightning Racer. Six Flags Ohio – a full report on the newly revamped park. [visit ECC]

PHIRST DROP 52.

FD052a[Magazine (alternative cover): May 2000. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos, 6 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Särkänniemi’s Metro construction. On Track news (including- tilt coaster from Giovanola, Thorpe Park’s new 10 looper, Morecambe Frontierland’s Texas Tornado demolition photos, and Kennywood’s Steel Phantom to be rebuilt). Tusenfryd’s ThunderCoaster construction. RollerCoaster Tycoon Loopy Landscapes. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Perilous Plunge construction. Club Corner. Six Flags America’s Superman – a full report. Carowinds’ Super Saturator. Pax’s Wild Train opens in France. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about his new year in Florida). Full reports: Boss, Legend (Holiday World), Steel Dragon 2000, Speed (Las Vegas), Medusa, Boulder Dash, Kraken, Superman at Six Flags New England, Son of Beast and Lightning Racer. Six Flags Ohio – a full report on the newly revamped park. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 53/54.

FD053-054[Magazine: July and September 2000. 21x30cm – 88 Pages – Many B&W photos, 8 colour pages]. Double Issue. Chapter Points: Credits. Dorney Park’s Talon construction. On Track worldwide news. Six Flags Ohio’s X-Flight / Flying Dutchman. Club Corner +Editorial. Fujikyu Highlands’ Birdman. Heide Park’s Colossos latest. Disney’s California Adventure report. Vonkaputous construction. Coney Island’s Thunderbolt. New for 2001. Terra Mítica. Bonfante Gardens’ construction. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood voices dissatisfaction with the new-for-2000 US woodies). Tusenfryd’s ThunderCoaster. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla. Dania Beach’s Hurricane. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big Dipper marathon. Gold Reef City’s Anaconda. Megafobia is 5 years old. Europa-Park’s Poseidon. GCI model makers. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Perilous Plunge. Six Flags Over Texas’ Titan construction. “The Quest for SW5” by John Wardley. Six Flags Belgium. Särkänniemi’s Tornado. Six Flags Great Adventure’s Nitro. Parc Astérix’s La Trace du Hourra. Vekoma’s Tilt Coaster. California Halloween. Phantom’s Revenge rebuild. The science behind LIMs and LSMs. Paramount’s Great America’s Psycho Mouse. Six Flags Mexico. Six Flags Magic Mountain announces “X”. Virginia Reel’s history. IAAPA and EuroShow 2000 news. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 55.

FD055[Magazine: November 2000. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Phantasialand fire – exclusive pictures. On Track news. Six Flags Over Texas’ Titan report. Zamperla’s Flying Coaster +factory pictures. Phantom’s Revenge debuts at Kennywood. Pinfari’s history plus an exclusive report on their new Xpress. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid construction. Six Flags Great Adventure’s Nitro report. Alton Towers’ SW5 becomes Air +construction. Thorpe Park’s Intamin ten looper construction. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back over his 2000 coasting season). Club Corner. Vonkaputous – the Premier water coaster at Linnanmäki. Silver Dollar City’s Wildfire report. Trip news. La Trace du Hourra “Diary of a Caveman”. Six Flags Belgium report +Weerwolf. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s X construction. Hypersonic XLC report. Särkänniemi’s Tornado. Heide Park’s Colossos. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 56.

FD056[Magazine: July 2001. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Many B&W photos, 4 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. “Shaft of Terror” Gold Reef City’s mine ride. On Track news. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s X is complete. S&S’s Thrill Shot debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Maurer’s Spinning Racer. Club Corner. Ten-looper at Thorpe Park +update. Déjà Vu, Vekoma’s Super Boomerang opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Movie World Germany’s Eraser opens. Alton Towers’ Air construction latest. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses organised Club events and the best way to enjoy amusement park visits). Anton Schwarzkopf remembered. Europa-Park’s Silver Star exclusive images. Rhino Rally the new Vekoma people mover. Reverchon’s Euro Coaster hits the Dutch fairs. Wild Adventures’ Cheetah. Rugrats Runaway Reptar. Thunder Looper – a visit to Brazil to see an old friend. X-Flight opens at Six Flags Ohio. Templo del Fuego is Port Aventura’s 2001 ride. Indiana Beach’s Cornball Express. Dorney Park’s Talon. Expedition GeForce the Intamin steelie at Holiday Park. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 57.

FD057[Magazine: December 2001. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 10 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Construction reports on Fuji-Q’s Dodonpa, the S&S Thrust Air 2000 and Korakuen’s new hyper coaster and hubless big wheel. On Track news. Werner Stengel Exhibition. Caripro’s Sky Rider at Skyline Park in Germany. Europa-Park’s Silver Star construction. Computer coasters – one game and one “build your own” program. Report on Zamperla’s Flying Coaster. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 2001 coasting season). The parks and coasters of Thailand. Alton Towers’ Air construction latest. Archives – Neptune Beach California. DisneySea report from Japan. Club Corner. Thorpe Park’s Colossus construction. Report on Japan’s Tobu Zoo including their large woodie Regina. [Includes a 12-page insert reporting on IAAPA 2001. Warner Bros. Movie World’s Wild Wild West construction and the new coasters at Liseberg and Six Flags Holland]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 58.

FD058[Magazine: February 2002. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid – Superman – in focus. On Track news. New for 2002. Janfusun’s (Taiwan) B&M floorless coaster. Fantasy Island’s Jubilee Odyssey construction. Gröna Lund’s new custom coaster for 2003. Thorpe Park’s Colossus – first riders. Six Flags Over Georgia’s Superman lay-down coaster. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s X – a full report. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood ponders if September 11th has put an end to his travels). Australia’s Big Dipper is moved and renamed Cyclone. Six Flags Holland’s Goliath construction. Gravity Max the Vekoma tilt coaster opens in Taiwan. Legoland Germany construction update. Club Corner. Give Kids the World amusement industry charity. 2002 European park opening dates and times +news of new rides and attractions. Europa-Park’s Silver Star construction latest. Japan’s Bat Flyers. Alton Towers’ Air – a final construction report. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 59.

FD059[Magazine: June 2002. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Chessington World of Adventures’ Vampire +new trains. On Track / worldwide news including Storm City a new leisure complex proposed for Blackpool. Europa-Park’s Silver Star report. Colossus / Thorpe Park’s world record ten looper debuts. Walt Disney Studios Paris opens its doors. Exclusive report from Oakwood detailing Hydro’s pull-through test. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid opens. Six Flags Over Georgia’s Superman opens. Alton Towers’ Air debuts – but was it worthy of the hype? Six Flags Holland’s Goliath. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at some of his old favourites). Cedar Point’s Wicked Twister opens. Book review Dale Samuelson’s “The American Amusement Park”. Club Corner +members have their say. Six Flags New England’s B&M floorless Batman: The Dark Knight. [Includes an insert showcasing various roller coaster-related books and VHSs available to purchase]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 60.

FD060[Magazine: September 2002. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Pax’s new Cobra coaster in Russia. Dreamland / Margate’s Scenic Railway now a National Historic Landmark – the full story. On Track news. Knott’s Berry Farm and their Xcelerator’s new launch system. Setpoint’s Roller Soaker debuts at Hershey Park. Coney Island Cyclone turns 75. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid follow-up report. Phantasialand’s Wuze Town, River Quest and Feng Ju Palace. Oakwood’s Hydro puts the fun back into water rides. Magic Springs’ Big Bad John refurbishment. Jubilee Odyssey at Fantasy Island. Club Corner +members’ reports and comments. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions on the roller coasters of Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M). Vekoma’s new custom SLC in China. Custom Coasters International (CCI) go out of business +a year-by-year (1992 to 2002) list and colour photo montage of all their rides. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 61.

FD061[Magazine: December 2002. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 6 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Pinfari’s Mini Megga at Gulliver’s Land. On Track news. A report on the Sternrodtler alpine coasters in Germany. Construction updates (including- Nemesis Inferno, Top Thrill Dragster, Balder and Tusenfryd’s SuperSplash). A comprehensive feature on Chris Sawyer and the Roller Coaster Tycoon phenomenon. Legoland Germany is open. Intamin’s ride package at an indoor entertainment complex in Kuala Lumpur. Club Corner +members’ letters and opinions. S&S moves into 2003 with a large new selection of rides. Reverchon’s portable rapids +reports from the factory. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood’s wife, Celia, looks back on their highs and lows of 2002 – part 1). The Mack Scooby Doo coaster in Australia. [Includes a “Top Up” with reports from IAAPA 2002 and more news that arrived after the main issue was complete]. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 62.

FD062[Magazine: April 2003. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster update. Fuji-Q’s Dodonpa report. On Track news. New for 2003. Gröna Lund’s Vilda Musen construction. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Mrs. L.D Thompson’s 100th birthday celebrations. “Tutankhamon” Six Flags Belgium’s new dark ride. Runaway Coaster +Rotunda Park closes. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood’s wife, Celia, looks back on their highs and lows of 2002 – part 2). Liseberg’s Balder report. European parks’ opening times 2003. 95° drop coaster +BonBon-Land construction report. Thorpe Park’s Nemesis Inferno. Dreamland Margate is in Danger +the current state of affairs. Club Corner / members have their say. Halloween reports +two European parks’ efforts. A new alpine coaster in Austria with a unique look and quite an amazing location. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 63.

FD063[Magazine: July 2003. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. An early rider’s report on Mission Space at EPCOT. Gröna Lund’s Vilda Musen full report. On Track worldwide news. Top Thrill Dragster riders’ reports. Celebration City’s Ozark Wildcat report. Half Pipe coaster at Särkänniemi in Finland. Superman Ultimate Flight a new B&M lay-down coaster. Thunder Dolphin / Tokyo’s mega coaster. BonBon-Land’s Vild Svinet. Huss’s Delirium / Giant Frisbee at Paramount’s Kings Island. Two Maurer Spinners (Camelot UK and Lagoon USA). Tusenfryd’s SuperSplash. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his feelings on the situation at Dreamland in Margate, and on the Scenic Railway). Club Corner – members have their say. A report from India of a new familiar looking wooden coaster that has just been built. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 64.

FD064[Magazine: November 2003. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 8 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Dollywood’s Thunderhead starts to rise. On Track worldwide news. Full construction report including all the plans for Tivoli Gardens’ new B&M floorless coaster. Fårup’s S&S woodie “Falken” construction. A report on Montaña Suiza the coaster made of concrete in Spain. Update on the current state of Dreamland in Margate. High Energy / Zierer Star Shape. Enchanted Village’s Timberhawk. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at his local park – Paramount Canada’s Wonderland – before he moves 2,000 miles away). A report from Italy on Fuga da Atlantide the new Intamin Spillwater ride system. Club Corner. S&S unveil their coaster prototype ‘Screaming Squirrel’. Diggerland a new set of parks in the UK that use mechanical diggers in unusual ways. Exclusive report on Vekoma’s new motorbike coaster. [Includes a “Top Up” insert with IAAPA 2003 news including an amazing coaster designed for Blackpool Pleasure Beach by S&S]. [visit ECC]

ECC ON TOUR 1998–2003.

ECC_OnTour1998-2003[Magazine: 2004. 21x30cm – 152 Pages – Full colour]. Detailing Club trips 1998-2003. Chapter Points: [1998]= American Adventure. [1999]= Oakwood Overnighter, Flamingo Land and CoasterBahn 3. [2000]= Alton Towers Behind the Scenes, Belgium and Holland, Blackpool Pleasure Beach White Knuckle Weekend 3, NachtFobia Parts 1 and 2, Germany and Italy, Hands-On 4 / Rumble in the Jungle (Pleasureland Southport and Knowsley Safari Park). [2001]= Chessington World of Adventures AGM, Pleasureland Southport Hands-On 5, Drayton Manor Park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach White Knuckle Weekend 4, Coolest Coaster Tour, Oakwood Overnighter 3, and Expedition Ge-Rmany. [2002]= Thorpe Park AGM, AIR-Pocalypse Weekend (Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park), CoasterBahn Expedition Europa, Colossal Thorpe, California Screaming, Blackpool Pleasure Beach White Knuckle Weekend 5, Drayton Manor Park, Oakwood Overnighter 4, Pleasureland Southport Hands-On 6, and Fantasy Island. [2003]= Drayton Manor Park AGM, Tour De Force (France), Thorpe Park, Dreamland Campaign, Blackpool Pleasure Beach White Knuckle Weekend 6, Coolest Coaster Tour 2, Oakwood Overnighter 5, Pleasureland Southport Hands-On 7 / In A Spin (Camelot), Coaster España and Dreamland. Plans for future trips… [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 65.

FD065[Magazine: March 2004. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Report on a huge Swiss alpine slide “Rodelbahn”. On Track news. Report on the indoor park at Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. An article on how high coasters can go. List of new coasters for 2004. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back on the roller coasters that made a mark on him during 2003). 100 years of the Flying Machine at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 2004 European parks’ details. The building of Parc Astérix’s Transdemonium. Cool and Fresh – the new and odd-looking transportable roller coaster. Construction updates (including- OkiDoki, Thunderhead, Storm Runner, Borg Assimilator, Tsunami, Spinball Whizzer, Timberland Twister, Dragon’s Fury, Demon and Falken). Club Corner. Wicksteed Park report +a history. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 66.

FD066[Magazine: June 2004. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Grand National fire. On Track news. New ride reports (including- Fårup Sommerland’s Falken, Linnanmäki’s Tulireki, Klotten’s Heisse Fahrt, Dollywood’s Thunderhead, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Space Invader 2, Tivoli Gardens’ Demon, Chessington World of Adventures’ Dragon’s Fury, Flamingo Land’s Lost River, Prater Park’s Star Flyer, Stratosphere Tower’s X-Scream, Universal Studios Florida’s Revenge of the Mummy, Bobbejaanland’s Sledgehammer, OkiDoki and Typhoon; Hershey Park’s Storm Runner, Alton Towers’ Spinball Whizzer, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Bling, Drievliet’s X-treme, Camp Snoopy’s Timberland Twister, Bridlington’s Crazy Mouse, Legoland Windsor’s Jungle Coaster and Prater Park’s Volare). Interview with the Imagineer behind Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood goes back to school). 48-hour Six Flags Europe challenge. Club Corner. Reports on potential new parks – Milaviparc in Switzerland and another in Dubai. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 67.

FD067[Magazine: September 2004. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Doris Thompson and Geoffrey Thompson remembered. 12-page feature about Alton Towers’ Nemesis – including a large article looking back at the history of the ride with contributions from John Wardley and Walter Bolliger. The feature also includes personal opinions of the ride, a comparison of it against other B&M inverters and tales from an ex-operator about how stupid some of Nemesis’ riders have been. Green Dragon the “human powered” coaster at Greenwood Forest Park. On Track news. A member buys land for his own park. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions concerning European parks). Club Corner – members have their say. Rough or violent – can “rough” coasters be fun or are they just violent? Booster Bike the first Vekoma motorbike coaster at Toverland in the Netherlands. Avalanche the new woodie from S&S at Timberfalls Adventure Park. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 68.

FD068[Magazine: December 2004. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Brian “Dolly” Robinson remembered. S&S’s new Screamin’ Swing at Knott’s Berry Farm. On Track worldwide news. Halloween feature covering parks and events in the UK. 16-page feature on 100 years of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) – looking back at their illustrious history including an extensive list of all their coasters. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Silver Bullet report. Construction report from Cypress Gardens in Florida. A tale of a 1,500 mile trek to ride one coaster – the Edmonton Mall’s Mindbender. IAAPA 2004 report including news relating to some interesting new rides. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood takes a long, hard look at Six Flags). Club Corner – members have their say. Tsunami / S&S’s new wooden coaster at Clementon Lake Park. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 69.

FD069[Magazine: March 2005. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. A look at some of the larger German fairs and some tips to help you survive them. On Track worldwide news. A report on the new B&M inverter at Entertainment City in Kuwait. A ride report on the new Superman hyper coaster at Six Flags Mexico. European park details 2005 including opening times, new rides and event details. A travel report from Australia (covering- Adventure World in Perth, Luna Park in Sydney, Dreamworld in Coomera and Aussie World in Palm View). New coasters opening in 2005. Construction reports from all round the globe. An update on member Lauri Vartiainen’s new park in Finland. A new swing coaster from Doppelmayr / Mountain Glider. Booster Bike Challenge – a 24-hour marathon on Toverland’s coaster. Winter openings / parks that open in winter. Club Corner. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at 2004). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 70.

FD070[Magazine: June 2005. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 14 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Merchandise page. On Track worldwide news. New ride reports (including- Space Mountain Mission 2 in Paris, Splash Battle at Walibi World, Italian Job – Stunt Track at Paramount’s Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland, Powder Keg at Silver Dollar City, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, Kanonen at Liseberg, SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa, Rush and Slammer at Thorpe Park, Navigator at Flamingo Land, Tomb Raider at Paramount’s Kings Dominion, Sequoia Adventure at Gardaland, Skywheel at Skyline Park, Hades at Mount Olympus, Rita at Alton Towers, Hydra at Dorney Park, Peeking Heights at Chessington World of Adventures, MaXair at Cedar Point, El Volador at Bellewaerde, and Mr. Six’s Pandemonium at Six Flags New England). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions about roller coaster re-profiling, modifications and cosmetic makeovers). Club Corner. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 71.

FD071[Magazine: September 2005. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Back issues are available. Six Flags AstroWorld closure report. An update on Lauri Vartiainen’s Park in Finland. On Track worldwide news. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses junior coasters). Report on Amsterdam’s Reaper the new coaster built inside an old church. Drayton Manor Park’s G-Force report. France’s Parc St. Paul report. New Cypress Gardens in Florida. Williams Grove Amusement Park in Pennsylvania is up for sale. The newly rebuilt Space Mountain at Disneyland in California re-opens. The Glocke “Bell” ride at the Prater in Vienna. Lagunasia – a new park in Japan opens to rave reviews. Report about Velocity / motorbike coaster at Flamingo Land. Twist and Turn at Toverland. Full report on the new Disneyland in Hong Kong. Club Corner. Disneyland’s 50th birthday celebrations. “In the Works” includes early ride construction from Tusenfryd, Phantasialand, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Beech Bend, PowerPark, Thorpe Park and Holiday World. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 72.

FD072[Magazine: December 2005. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Back issues are available. DarKastle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On Track worldwide news. A feature written by John Wardley on his career now that he has retired. A report on the parks of South Africa. A look back at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston Texas which recently closed its doors for the last time. Update on Lauri Vartiainen’s Park in Finland +his first ride has been erected. Coaster wedding. IAAPA 2005 full report. DisneySea revisited including a look at their new coaster Raging Spirits. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 2005 roller coasting season). Club Corner / members share their opinions. A report on Tarantula the Maurer Spinning coaster at Parque de Atracciones in Spain. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 73.

FD073[Magazine: March 2006. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Mountain Glider for Walibi Belgium. Six Flags New Orleans will it reopen? On Track worldwide news. Superman Escape in Australia. Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom in Florida. Cobra at Paultons Park. Stealth at Thorpe Park unveiled. Flying Turns’ history and Knoebels’ recreation. A strange coaster in the south of France – The R2000. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood interviews Duane Marden, creator of Roller Coaster DataBase / RCDB.com). Construction updates (including- Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Voyage at Holiday World, Black Mamba at Phantasialand, Kumali at Flamingo Land, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Alton Towers, Thunderbird at PowerPark, El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend, 4th Dimension at Fuji-Q, Speed at Oakwood, Speed Monster at Tusenfryd, Pegasus at Europa-Park, Italian Job Turbo Coaster at Paramount’s Kings Dominion, Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia, Vliegende Hollander at Efteling, and X Coaster at Magic Springs). Club Corner. New for 2006. Dublin’s Funderland Fair report. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 74.

FD074[Magazine: June 2006. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at four old friends: “Giant Coaster” [Crystal Beach, Ontario], “Red Streaker” [Willow Mill Park, Pennsylvania], “Space Coaster” [Saltair, Utah], and the “Wildcat” [Idora Park, Ohio]). On Track worldwide news. 15 new rides reported on (including- Speed Monster at Tusenfryd in Norway, Speed at Oakwood in Wales, Buzz Lightyear at Disneyland Paris, Super Booster at Brighton Pier in England, Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia, Patriot at Worlds of Fun, The Voyage at Holiday World, Kumali at Flamingo Land, Supersplash at Plopsaland in Belgium, Nickelodeon at Paramount’s Kings Island, Skyhawk at Cedar Point, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Alton Towers, Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend, Thunderbird at PowerPark in Finland, and Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain). Club Corner – members have their say. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 75.

FD075[Magazine: September 2006. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Few B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses why so many new roller coasters lose their shine). On Track worldwide news. Japan’s Eejanaika – the second 4th Dimension coaster. Reports and members’ opinions concerning the dramatic and sudden closure of Southport’s Pleasureland in England. A first ride on Gerstlauer’s new Euro-Fighter coaster at their German factory. Goliath at La Ronde in Canada reports. A feature on Megafobia’s 10th birthday celebrations. Black Mamba at Phantasialand in Germany. A report on El Toro the first Intamin prefabricated wooden coaster in the US. A trip to Mexico City and the three parks found there (Six Flags Mexico, La Feria Chapultepec Magico, and Perimagico). Club Corner. New in 2007 including Dollywood’s Mystery Mine, Cedar Point’s Maverick, Knoebels’ Flying Turns, Valleyfair!’s Renegade and Busch Gardens Europe’s Griffon. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 76.

FD076[Magazine: December 2006. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. China – a comprehensive report about what is happening out east. China – Chime-Long Paradise report. China – Chongqing report. China – Happy Valley Shenzhen report. China – Jin Jiang report. China – Beijing Amusement Park report. China – ride copies coming from Chinese companies. China guide to the major parks. China – Happy Valley Beijing report. China travel tips. IAAPA 2006 show report. Club Corner – members have their say. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses Alpine Coasters, Half Pipe coasters, slides and suchlike, and wonders at what point they’re to be considered roller coasters). Construction updates (including- Troy, Hollywood Dream the Ride, Renegade and the Flying Turns). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 77.

FD077[Magazine: March 2007. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 12 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. Feature – Swing Coasters including the Messerschmidt swing coaster, Kings Island’s Bat and the Schwarzkopf Busch Gardens swing coaster. Werner Stengel interview. B&M’s Hollywood Dream at Universal Studios Japan including the park in general. New for 2007. Tony Hawk’s – the Gerstlauer spinning coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The rebuilding of Ghost Town in the Sky. Tower of Terror at DisneySea in Japan. Vliegende Hollander at Efteling. Extremis drop ride at the London Dungeon. Construction reports (including- Maverick, Griffon, Firehawk, Boardwalk Bullet, Knightmare, Starliner, Troy, Renegade, and others). Club Corner. Lauri Vartiainen’s Park – an update from Finland. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 2006 roller coaster season). Rage at Adventure Island. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 78.

FD078[Magazine: June 2007. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 24 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. Ride report on Formule X at Drievliet. Ride report on Uppswinget at Liseberg. Update on the Dreamland Margate project including news of several of Pleasureland Southport’s rides being saved. Ride reports: (including- Renegade at Valleyfair!, Furius Baco at PortAventura, Troy at Toverland, Maverick at Cedar Point, Griffon at Busch Gardens Europe, Kvasten at Gröna Lund, Talocan (Huss Top Spin) at Phantasialand and River Splash – the ABC rapids ride at the Prater). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses on-board sound and music systems). Club Corner – members have their say. Construction updates (including- Flying Turns, Galaxy Orbiter and the Boardwalk Bullet). Ride report about Desert Race (the copy of Alton Towers’ Rita is now operating at Heide Park in Germany). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 79.

FD079[Magazine: September 2007. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 24 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. Ride reports (including- Hankatten at BonBon-Land, Phaethon at Kyungju World in South Korea, Sierra Sidewinder at Knott’s Berry Farm, Kirnu at Linnanmäki, Knightmare – the Schwarzkopf non-looper that has been moved to Camelot Theme Park from Kobe Portopialand in Japan, and Wicked at Lagoon). A feature on Funtime – the Austrian ride company. Vertigo the Doppelmayr Mountain Coaster at Walibi Belgium. Large feature on the new Russian Park – Divo Ostrov. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares opinions on Scandinavian roller coasters). Club Corner +members’ announcements and opinions. Ride report – Galaxy Orbiter the Gerstlauer spinner at the West Edmonton Mall. Ride report – Boardwalk Bullet the Gravity Group / Martin & Vleminckx wooden coaster at Kemah in Texas. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 80.

FD080[Magazine: December 2007. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 24 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. Ride report about Tower of Terror in Paris. A report on the imminent closure of New Metroland in the north of England. Report from the new Movie Park in Germany. Mystery Mine at Dollywood report. IAAPA Expo 2007 – a comprehensive feature. A look at Thorpe Park’s ten years of growth. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at some of the U.S. roller coasters he rode during 2007). Club Corner – members have their say. A 5-page report on the coasters and parks of North Korea. Ride report about Surfrider at Wet ‘n’ Wild in Australia. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 81.

FD081[Magazine: March 2008. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 24 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. On Track worldwide news. Ride report on Tower of Terror in South Africa. Report on the new Thomas Land area at Drayton Manor Park. Ride report on Mammut at Tripsdrill. Coaster Counting – a article on the dreaded disease…; Lauri’s Park year one – Club member Lauri Vartiainen looks back at the first year of operation. Extensive list of new coasters opening in 2008. Ride report on Hollywood Tower at Movieland Studios in Italy – also features a list of the original Intamin Freefall rides. Report on Suzhou Amusement Land in China. Feature on parks in Kuwait. The tragic story of Wild West World in the US. Club Corner – members have their say. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood and his wife, Celia, discuss their recent roller coaster trip around South America). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 82.

FD082[Magazine: June 2008. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos, 26 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Ride/park reports (including- Steel Lasso at Frontier City in Oklahoma, Pony Express at Knott’s Berry Farm, Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer Park, Motocoaster at Darien Lake, Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach, Nickelodeon area at Movie Park Germany, Hard Rock Park at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Salama at Linnanmäki, T-Express at Everland in South Korea, Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto, Lynet at Fårup Sommerland, Piraten at Djurs Sommerland, Fahrenheit at Hersheypark, and Dark Knight at Six Flags Great America). Club Corner – members have their say. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back at the many delights of long-lost Crystal Beach Park in Ontario). On Track – 10 packed pages of world news. A new line of Club merchandise. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 83.

FD083[Magazine: September 2008. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos, 24 colour pages]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. A feature showcasing René Jachmich’s roller coaster models. A weekend trip to Lagoon Park in Utah… from the UK. Club Corner – members have their say about Dreamland in Margate, La Feria Chapultepec Magico in Mexico and a report on the new home for Dreier Looping, etc. A report on a mission to ride all the wooden coasters in the US – featuring pictures of all 115 of them! Dive Machine at Chimelong Park in China. Members look back at the now closed Corkscrew at Alton Towers. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood counts his bruises, and discusses the after-effects of riding rough roller coasters). An article on loose items on roller coasters. On Track / worldwide news including IAAPA 2008. Construction updates (including- Gröna Lund, Miragica, SeaWorld, Paramount’s Kings Island, Worlds of Fun, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios +others). A new line of Club merchandise. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 84.

FD084[Magazine: December 2008. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner +the start of a series looking at odd rides from around the world. Also covered is an abandoned coaster in the US. Taiwan trip report (including- Leofoo Village, Window on China, Farglory Ocean Park, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Discovery World, and Janfusun Fancyworld). Dreamland Margate update “I Dream of Dreamland” event. El Toro ride report. New for 2009. Lauri Vartiainen lets us know how the second year went for his park – Nokkakiven Puisto. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about roller coasters no longer with us: “Dips” [Buckroe Beach Park, Virginia], “Speedway” [Eldridge Park, New York], “Big Beast” and “Wild Mouse” [Edgewater Park, Michigan]). The Intamin Jet Ski coaster at SeaWorld in Australia. On Track news (including- a new ‘energy free’ coaster in the Netherlands, Battlestar Galactica construction at the Sentosa Resort, A potential B&M coming to France, Fireball in China test runs, Quassy woodie given the go-ahead, two coasters at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, etc.). Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 85.

FD085[Magazine: March 2009. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner. Reports on two small Dutch parks both opening new coasters for the 2009 season. Ride reports (including- Blue Fire at Europa-Park, Prowler at Worlds of Fun, iSpeed at Mirabilandia, Muntanya Russa at Tibidabo, Pilgrims Plunge at Holiday World, Falcon at Duinrell, Cobra at Tivoli Friheden that closed last year after an accident, Insane at Gröna Lund, and Anubis – The Ride at Duinrell). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood ‘gets quizzical’ while pondering various modes of transport). On Track news (including- roller skating on a coaster, a new Gerstlauer spinning coaster design, Lauri Vartiainen’s successful 2009 season, Ring°Racer delayed, Efteling’s new wooden coaster, Kiddieland to close, Big Bad Wolf to be removed, Kings Dominion’s new Giga-Coaster, Holiday World’s LIM-launched water coaster, new pictures from Ferrari World, Happy Valley Shanghai opening day issues and an update from the impressive Universal Studios Singapore, etc.). Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 86.

FD086[Magazine: January 2010. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner. Reports (including- Miragica – a new park in Italy, Carolina Cobra, Happy Valley Shanghai including coverage of Fireball, Tornado the Intamin spinning coaster at Bakken, Xenox the Interpark travelling looping roller coaster in Switzerland, Fluch Von Novgorod the Gerstlauer launched coaster at Hansa Park, Diamondback the B&M hyper coaster at Kings Island, Mumbo Jumbo the S&S El Loco at Flamingo Land, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Atlantis Adventure at Lotte World – an older ride but a very interesting one, Manta the B&M Flying Coaster at SeaWorld in Orlando, Terminator Salvation the Great Coasters International Inc. (GCII) wooden coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Saw – the Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter at Thorpe Park). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses the recent Club trip to Italy). On Track / worldwide news including IAAPA 2009, etc. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 87.

FD087[Magazine: May 2010. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. Reports (including: Intimidator – Carowinds’ B&M hyper coaster, Stingray the Vekoma compact Flying Coaster at Suzhou Giant Wheel Park, and the new Universal Studios Singapore park). New-for-2010. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses his 2009 coaster season). Intimidator 305 – the Intamin Giga Coaster at Kings Dominion. On Track news (including- Dreamland Margate funding, Toverland’s future, Thorpe Park unveils five year plan, Prater’s new Star Flyer, Legoland Florida details, Luna Park opens at New York’s Coney Island, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom to re-open, Busch Gardens Africa’s mysterious new coaster, Texas Giant steel conversion, Great American Scream Machine making room for Chang at Six Flags Great Adventure, Ferrari World shows coaster cars, S&S Chinese launch coaster, Coasters arrive at World Joyland, Universal Studios Japan spinning coaster, and Great Coasters International Inc. (GCII) starts work on a coaster in China). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 88.

FD088[Magazine: August 2010. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. Joris en de Draak at Efteling. Thirteen at Alton Towers. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure. A comprehensive list of Chinese parks. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood relates what he found during a recent trip to Spain). Cobra at Connyland in Switzerland. On Track news (including- two spinning coasters for Belgium, Karolinelund closure, Djurs Sommerland’s new water coaster, Six Flags Over Georgia’s new Euro-Fighter, Gröna Lund’s Twister, Cedar Fair’s Windseekers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Nickelodeon Land, Quassy woodie rises, Texas Giant rebuild, Green Lantern for Six Flags Great Adventure, Starliner going home, Zippin Pippin mk2, Launch coaster for Bayern Park, Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa, Conneaut Lake Park’s Blue Streak runs again, Six Flags Magic Mountain to claim coaster record, Great Coasters International Inc. (GCII) Chinese woodie construction, B&M Flyer in China complete, Ferrari World is ready). Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 89.

FD089[Magazine: March 2011. 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. John Ivers’ home-built roller coasters. Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Plopsa Indoor report. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood relates what he found during a recent trip to China). Thorpe Park’s History. The 24-hour Troy Challenge at Toverland. On Track news (including- IAAPA 2010, Turbine’s future at Walibi Belgium, IE Parks’ looping coaster, Technical Park’s new compact coaster, Raptor update, Skatteøen update, B&M Wing Coaster for Thorpe Park, Krake is Le Pal’s Mack spinner, Manta at SeaWorld, Timber Drop at Fraispertuis City, Great Coasters International Inc. (GCII) at Morey’s Piers, Dutch Wonderland sale, Ben 10 at Drayton Manor Park, Cheetah Hunt update, Texas Giant gender change, Movie Park’s Gerstlauer, Chinese racing woodie, Dare Devil Mine, Canobie Park’s Untamed, Gröna Lund’s Twister, Wooden Warrior complete, Ocean Park expansion including floorless B&M, World Joyland almost ready, and GCII’s Chinese woodie is complete). [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 90.

FD090[Magazine: August 2011. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. A report on Krake – B&M’s new Dive Machine. A report on Raptor – B&M’s new Wing Coaster. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood talks about three roller coasters no longer with us: “Big Dipper” [Six Flags Ohio], “Comet” [Dallas State Fairgrounds], and the “Orient Express” [Worlds of Fun, Missouri]). Club member Lauri Vartiainen updates us on the progress of his park in Finland. A report on the new B&M Flying Coaster in China / Starry Sky Ripper. An extensive list of the new coasters for 2011. A report on Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa. A close look at Van Helsing’s Factory at Movie Park Germany +a look back at the park’s first 15 years of operation. A piece on the new Adventure World park being built in Poland. On Track worldwide news. Club Merchandise sale. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 91.

FD091[Magazine: November 2011. 21x30cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner, including a crossword and a review of Vanessa Toulmin’s Pleasure Beach Blackpool book. Ron Toomer remembered. A report on Twist – the new Mack spinning coaster at Le Pal in France. Windseeker ride remark. A large report on the new Rainbow MagicLand park in Italy. A large feature on Twister the new wooden coaster at Gröna Lund including a look at the new Timberliner trains as well as a “hairtime” feature. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back on the recent Club trip to Germany). Adam House relates his experience of working for Great Coasters International Inc. (GCII). A report on Skatteøen at Djurs Sommerland in Denmark. A report on Takabisha the world’s steepest coaster at Fuji-Q Highlands in Japan. On Track worldwide news. Merchandise clearance sale. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 92.

FD092[Magazine: March 2012. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. A report on Battlestar Galactica at Universal Studios Singapore. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood reports back following his week-long trip to Florida). A look at the new Legoland park in Florida. Reports (including: Timber Drop at Fraispertuis City in France, Vicky the Ride at Plopsa Coo in Belgium, Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Die Schlange von Midgard at Hansa Park, Extreme Rusher at Happy Valley Beijing in China, The updated Speed of Sound at Walibi Holland, Gipfelstürmer at Freizeitpark Ruhpolding in Germany, Dizz at Bobbejaanland in Belgium, and Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore). On Track – 16 pages of worldwide news. New Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 93.

FD093[Magazine: June 2012. 21x30cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner (including reports concerning Fun World in Bangalore in India and Magic Park in Thessalonica, Greece). Confessions of a ride designer – Tim Jacobi discusses ride design including Skara Sommarland’s Tranan. Horwood Coastering (From “Patch Jackets” to “CoasterCounter…,” Michael Horwood talks about the roller coaster counting phenomenon). A member’s quest to ride 2,000 roller coasters… before succeeding! David Ellis’ online alpine coaster video goes viral – with no brakes! ;-). Roller coaster restraints investigated. Dragon Fly at Duinrell in the Netherlands. New roller coasters for 2012. Wodan Timbur Coaster at Europa-Park in Germany +opinions. The Swarm at Thorpe Park +reports. OzIris at Parc Astérix in France +opinions. On Track – 8 pages of worldwide news. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 94.

FD094[Magazine: October 2012. 21x30cm – 52 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood shares his opinions on Dollywood). Ride reports (PortAventura’s Shambhala, Yamaha Racing Coaster at Indonesia’s Trans Studio Indoor Theme Park, Hersheypark’s Skyrush, Wilde Maus XXL and the Hamburg’s Sommerdom, Dollywood’s Wild Eagle, Legoland’s Polar X-Plorer, Mirabilandia’s Divertical, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Six Flags Great America’s X-Flight, Tokyo Joypolis’ Veil of Dark. Happy Valley Wuhan’s Dauling Dragon +The Gravity Group’s Korey Kiepert explains how their projects come to fruition, Canada’s Wonderland’s Leviathan, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Verbolten, Hong Kong Ocean Park’s Hair Raiser, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Superman Ultimate Flight). Dreamland Margate update. 10 pages of world news +Liseberg’s Projekt Helix, Yomiuriland’s White Canyon to close, Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run, RIP Son of Beast. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 95.

FD095[Magazine: March 2013. 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Full colour]. Construction Special. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members’ Ton Ups, Club news, trips’ news and ride remarks. Ride reports: Manta (SeaWorld San Diego) and De Vilde Mus (Bakken). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood discusses the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy). Gerstlauer = 50 coasters to date… (feature). On Track news round-up (includes: IAAPA news and updates, Turkey’s Vialand rises, Sicily’s Etnaland latest, Abu Dhabi’s Yas WaterWorld news, Silver Dollar City’s “Outlaw Run” latest, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ “Iron Rattler” latest, Hurricane Sandy – weather phenomenon – damages parks and coasters (reports), Liseberg’s “Projekt Helix” latest. +an additional 24 pages of worldwide news and updates. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

FIRST DROP 96.

FD096[Magazine: November 2013. 21x30cm – 84 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back –belatedly– on his 2012 travels). Park reports: Toverland’s expansion, Etnaland’s expansion, Fun Spot America’s expansion. Ride reports: Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, Psyké Underground at Walibi Belgium, Hobs Pit at Pleasurewood Hills, Bandit Bomber at Yas Waterworld, Big Bang at Familienland Erlebnispark, Karacho at Tripsdrill, Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Rattenmühle at Familypark Neusiedlersee, KITT Superjet at Movieland Park, Orkanen at Fårup Sommerland, Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Gold Striker at California’s Great America, Juvelen at Djurs Sommerland, Gatekeeper at Cedar Point, Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, U-Shaped Roller Coaster at Victory Kingdom, Wood Coaster at Knight Valley, Smiler at Alton Towers, Flying Turns at Knoebels. China’s wooden coasters. New for 2013. 10 pages of world news +Schwarzkopf’s “Thriller” for Skyline Park, Liseberg’s Projekt Helix, Six Flags’ 2014 coasters, Kings Island’s Banshee, etc. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]