Wipeout (roller coaster)

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Wipeout
Coca-Cola Thrill Ride - geograph.org.uk - 278463.jpg
In its original incarnation as the Coca Cola Roller at the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival
Pleasurewood Hills
Coordinates 52°30′27″N 1°44′36″E / 52.5075°N 1.7434°E / 52.5075; 1.7434Coordinates: 52°30′27″N 1°44′36″E / 52.5075°N 1.7434°E / 52.5075; 1.7434
Status Operating
Opening date 2007
General statistics
Type Steel – Shuttle – Boomerang
Manufacturer Vekoma
Model Boomerang
Track layout Steel
Lift/launch system Chain
Height 120 ft (37 m)
Drop 110 ft (34 m)
Length 935 ft (285 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 6 (3 forward and 3 backward)
Capacity 760 riders per hour
Wipeout at RCDB
Pictures of Wipeout at RCDB

Wipeout is a roller coaster located at Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, England. Vekoma designed the roller coaster. Wipeout uses a boomerang design.

History[edit]

The roller coaster was first opened in 1988 as the Coca-Cola Roller[1] at the Glasgow Garden Festival. That same year it was sold to the American Adventure in Derbyshire under the name Missile.[2] It stayed at the park until the 2005 season, when it was closed down, dismantled, and taken to Pleasurewood Hills. It did not open during the 2006 season due to planning problems. It opened for the 2007 season under the name "Wipeout". It has a surfer theme and is painted blue.

Ride Experience[edit]

The roller coaster is a boomerang ride wherein the train is taken backwards up a hill. At the top of the hill, the train is released and picks up speed. At that point, pictures are automatically taken of the riders (who can buy souvenir pictures at the beach hut themed stall after the ride). The train then speeds through the station at its top speed, and then goes through a cobra roll and a vertical loop. It then climbs to the top of a second hill. At the top, it is released and goes back through the vertical loop and cobra roll before resting in the station.

References[edit]

The "lift" section of the ride, seen here in its Coca Cola livery in 1988.