American Thunder (roller coaster)

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American Thunder
Evel Knievel ride.JPG
The then-Evel Knievel Coaster in 2008
Six Flags St. Louis
Park section 1904 World's Fair
Coordinates 38°30′45″N 90°40′38″W / 38.51250°N 90.67722°W / 38.51250; -90.67722Coordinates: 38°30′45″N 90°40′38″W / 38.51250°N 90.67722°W / 38.51250; -90.67722
Status Operating
Opening date June 20, 2008
Cost US$7,000,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Height 82 ft (25 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 2,713 ft (827 m)
Speed 48 mph (77 km/h)
Inversions 0
Capacity 850 riders per hour
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 12 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
American Thunder at RCDB
Pictures of American Thunder at RCDB

American Thunder is a wooden roller coaster that opened June 20, 2008, at Six Flags St. Louis. The coaster was originally named after and themed to the famous motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. It was renamed American Thunder for the 2011 season.[1]

To help promote the opening of the then-Evel Knievel Roller Coaster, Knievel's son, Robbie Knievel, jumped a Honda CR-500 motorcycle over 25 Dodge Chargers on July 3, 2008.[2]

Ride experience[edit]

This $7 Million GCI wooden roller coaster, which is identical to the Thunderbird at PowerLand, features an 80-foot (24 m) drop with a top speed of 48 mph (77 km/h), going through a course of 2,700 feet (820 m) of track.[3] This ride features 16 hills and multiple high banked turns at up to 67° angles.[3] The layout crosses over and under itself seventeen times. This ride also features two 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains for better cornering.[3]

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 44[4] 13[5] 23[6] 22[7] 31[8] 25[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LA Times Report Rethemed Rides at Six Flags
  2. ^ Robbie Knievel Jump to Promote New Ride
  3. ^ a b c New ride comes to Six Flags St. Louis Post Dispatch Retrieved and Dated 26 September 2007
  4. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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