Custom Coasters International

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Custom Coasters International
Industry Manufacturing
Fate Bankrupt, designers broke off to form The Gravity Group and Great Coasters International as well as to join S&S Worldwide
Founded 1991 (1991)
Defunct 2002 (2002)
Area served Worldwide
Products Wooden roller coasters

Custom Coasters International (CCI) was one of the premier wooden roller coaster manufacturers in the world and produced 34 wooden coasters in the short span of eleven years — more than any other company in recent times.[1]

History[edit]

Custom Coasters Incorporated opened its doors on September 1, 1991. The company was founded by Denise Dinn-Larrick, the daughter of coaster designer Charles Dinn — founder of the Dinn Corporation, her brother Jeff Dinn and her husband Randy Larrick.[1] The original designers for the company included freelance design engineers Mike Boodley and Bill Kelley of California. Larry Bill, formerly with Curtis D. Summers & Associates joined the design team in 1992.[1] Initially the company promoted small, affordable, family coasters but eventually progressed to larger models known for their speed and intensity.[2] Once the company started working with international clients the name was changed in November 1994 to Custom Coasters International.[1]

CCI filed for bankruptcy in 2002 while still building the New Mexico Rattler at Cliff's Amusement Park. Cliff's was left with a partially completed coaster and quickly hired the construction crew and completed the ride themselves. No attempt was made to reorganize the company and Denise Dinn, who by then had been divorced from Randy Larrick, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy which resulted in liquidation of the company's assets.[1] Denise Dinn was hired by S&S Power to start a new wooden coaster division for that company. Four coasters were produced before that division was closed.[1] Four of the designers for CCI (Larry Bill, Chad Miller, Korey Kiepert, and Michael Graham) founded The Gravity Group in 2002. [3] Other coaster designers Bill Kelley, Dennis McNulty and Mike Boodley left CCI years before the company went bankrupt. Mike Boodley started Great Coasters International in 1994, Dennis McNulty returned to civil engineering in 1999 and Bill Kelley currently works for Dynamic Designs, Inc.

List of CCI Roller Coasters[edit]

While Custom Coasters International was in business, they designed and built 34 wooden roller coasters. As of 2014, 28 of them continue to operate, three are listed as "Standing But Not Operating" (SBNO) — although Rampage is currently being refurbished. Two have been demolished, and one, Medusa, is in the process of being converted to a steel roller coaster by Rocky Mountain Construction. The roller coasters in the following table are listed in order of installation.[2]

Name Park Country Opened Status
Kingdom Coaster
Formerly: Sky Princess
Dutch Wonderland United States United States 1992
Operating
Outlaw Adventureland United States United States April 24, 1993
Operating
Hoosier Hurricane Indiana Beach United States United States May 27, 1994
Operating
Zach's Zoomer Michigan's Adventure United States United States July 22, 1994
Operating
Cannonball Run Waterville USA United States United States 1995
Operating
Cyclops Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 1995
Operating
The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari United States United States May 6, 1995
Operating
The Great White Morey's Piers United States United States 1996
Operating
Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park Wales United Kingdom 1996
Operating
Pegasus Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 1996
Operating
Timber Terror
Formerly: Grizzly
Silverwood Theme Park United States United States 1996
Operating
Underground Adventureland (Iowa) United States United States 1996
Operating
Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix France France 1997
Operating
Stampida PortAventura Spain Spain March 17, 1997
Operating
Tomahawk PortAventura Spain Spain March 17, 1997
Operating
Zeus Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States June 7, 1997
Operating
Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure United States United States May 23, 1998
Operating
Rampage Alabama Adventure United States United States May 23, 1998
SBNO
Since: 2011
Excalibur Funtown Splashtown USA United States United States June 5, 1998
Operating
Twisted Twins
Formerly: Twisted Sisters
Kentucky Kingdom United States United States June 20, 1998
SBNO
Since: 2008
GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm United States United States December 8, 1998
Operating
Silver Comet Martin's Fantasy Island United States United States May 1, 1999
Operating
Tremors Silverwood Theme Park United States United States May 15, 1999
Operating
The Boss Six Flags St. Louis United States United States April 29, 2000
Operating
Villain Geauga Lake United States United States May 5, 2000
Closed
2007
Hurricane: Category 5 Myrtle Beach Pavilion United States United States May 6, 2000
Closed
2006
The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari United States United States May 6, 2000
Operating
Mega Zeph Six Flags New Orleans United States United States May 20, 2000
SBNO
Since: 2005
Boulder Dash Lake Compounce United States United States May 21, 2000
Operating
Medusa Six Flags México Mexico Mexico June 2, 2000
Closed
2013
Cornball Express Indiana Beach United States United States May 18, 2001
Operating
Cheetah Wild Adventures United States United States June 16, 2001
Operating
Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain Indiana Beach United States United States June 8, 2002
Operating
New Mexico Rattler Cliff's Amusement Park United States United States September 28, 2002
Operating

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Seifert, Jeffrey (2012). "The Custom Coasters Revolution". RollerCoaster! Magazine 33 (4): 21–31. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  2. ^ "CCI on RCDB". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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