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The Place
  Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio, Texas USA
  "This Ride Bites!"

The Stats

Track Type Year Designer / Manufacturer
Wood Terrain 1992 John Pierce / RCCA
Ride Statistics
Height: 179.58 feet Max Drop: 124 feet
Top Speed: 65 mph Track Length: 5080 feet
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force: +3.5 G
Inversions: Ride Time: 2:26 minutes
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent: 61.4°
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Invidual Ratcheting Lapbars Number of Trains: 3
Cars per Train: 5 Vehicles Designed by: PTC

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 4 seats per car for a total of 20 riders per train.
* Notes: Located in the Crackaxle Canyon area of the park.
* Accident & Safety Record: In May 1992, a rider unfortunately suffered long-term vision loss caused by a brain injury sustained after riding.
* Structure: Wooden structure and supports are natural wood color. Trains are dark red. Original rolling stock were made by DH Morgan Manufacturing.
* Elements: Ascends the lift hill, plunges down in the quarry, tops the cliff and circles into a triple helix before tunneling straight down and through the canyon wall.
* Features: Travels through a "real" tunnel blasted and cut through the limestone quarry cliff.
* History: At the time it was built the ride featured the tallest, fastest, and steepest drop. Originally this first drop was 166 ft but was reduced in length and reprofiled dramatically over the next four years after a number of lawsuits were brought against the park making it just 42 ft shorter.

The Verdict
Although I never experienced the original drop on this ride and certainly before trim brakes were introduced ahead of the triple helices, it still is one of the most interesting wooden coasters on the planet. The sheer profile of winding in and around the cliffs make this a must for wooden aficionados. Of course age does make rickety rides even more rickety, which some may say adds flavor! The final tunnel is great.
I rate it 6 Star's

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