Custom Coasters International

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Custom Coasters International
IndustryManufacturing
FateBankrupt, designers broke off to form The Gravity Group and Great Coasters International as well as to join S&S Worldwide
SuccessorGravitykraft Corporation
The Gravity Group
Great Coasters International
Founded1991 (1991)
Defunct2002 (2002)
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsWooden 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.[2] 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.[2] Initially the company promoted small, affordable, family coasters but eventually progressed to larger models known for their speed and intensity. Once the company started working with international clients the name was changed in November 1994 to Custom Coasters International.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[4]

List of roller coasters[edit]


Over the span of 11 years, Custom Coasters International had built 34 roller coasters around the world.[5] As of 2018, 29 continue to operate, one is closed, two have been demolished, and two have been converted to steel roller coasters (Medusa to Medusa Steel Coaster and Twisted Twins to Storm Chaser) by Rocky Mountain Construction.

The roller coasters in the following table are listed in order of installation.[6]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Kingdom Coaster
Formerly Sky Princess
Wood Support Structure Dutch Wonderland United States United States 1992 Operating [7]
Outlaw Wood Support Structure Adventureland United States United States 1993 Operating [8]
Hoosier Hurricane Steel Support Structure Indiana Beach United States United States 1994 Operating [9]
Zach's Zoomer Wood Support Structure Michigan's Adventure United States United States 1994 Operating [10]
Cyclops Wood Support Structure Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 1995 Operating [11]
Cannonball Run Wood Support Structure Waterville USA United States United States 1995 Removed [12]
The Raven Wood Support Structure Holiday World United States United States 1995 Operating [13]
Timber Terror
Formerly Grizzly
Wood Support Structure Silverwood Theme Park United States United States 1996 Operating [14]
The Underground Wood Support Structure Adventureland United States United States 1996 Operating [15]
Pegasus Wood Support Structure Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 1996 Operating [16]
The Great White Steel Support Structure Morey's Piers United States United States 1996 Operating [17]
Megafobia Wood Support Structure Oakwood Theme Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 1996 Operating [18]
Tonnerre de Zeus Wood Support Structure Parc Astérix France France 1997 Operating [19]
Stampida Wood Support Structure PortAventura Park Spain Spain 1997 Operating [20]
Tomahawk Wood Support Structure PortAventura Park Spain Spain 1997 Operating [21]
Zeus Wood Support Structure Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 1997 Operating [22]
Shivering Timbers Wood Support Structure Michigan's Adventure United States United States 1998 Operating [23]
Rampage Wood Support Structure Alabama Splash Adventure United States United States 1998 Operating [24]
Excalibur Wood Support Structure Funtown Splashtown USA United States United States 1998 Operating [25]
Twisted Twins
Formerly Twisted Sisters
Steel Support Structure Kentucky Kingdom United States United States 1998 Converted
Now known as Storm Chaser
[26]
GhostRider Wood Support Structure Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 1998 Operating [27]
Silver Comet Steel Support Structure Fantasy Island United States United States 1999 Operating [28]
Tremors Wood Support Structure Silverwood Theme Park United States United States 1999 Operating [29]
The Boss Wood Support Structure Six Flags St. Louis United States United States 2000 Operating [30]
Villain Steel Support Structure Geauga Lake United States United States 2000 Removed [31]
The Legend Wood Support Structure Holiday World United States United States 2000 Operating [32]
Hurricane Steel Support Structure Myrtle Beach Pavilion United States United States 2000 Removed [33]
Mega Zeph Steel Support Structure Six Flags New Orleans United States United States 2000 Closed [34]
Boulder Dash Wood Support Structure Lake Compounce United States United States 2000 Operating [35]
Medusa Wood Support Structure Six Flags México Mexico México 2000 Converted
Now known as Medusa Steel Coaster
[36]
Cornball Express Steel Support Structure Indiana Beach United States United States 2001 Operating [37]
Cheetah Steel Support Structure Wild Adventures United States United States 2001 Operating [38]
Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain Steel Support Structure Indiana Beach United States United States 2002 Operating [39]
New Mexico Rattler Steel Support Structure Cliff's Amusement Park United States United States 2002 Operating [40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.coastergallery.com/Manu.html#CCI
  2. ^ a b c d e Seifert, Jeffrey (2012). "The Custom Coasters Revolution". RollerCoaster! Magazine. Vol. 33 no. 4. pp. 21–31. ISSN 0896-7261.
  3. ^ "Custom Coasters International (CCI)". CoasterGallery.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dynamic Designs Inc". Buzzfile.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Custom Coasters International - rcdb.com
  6. ^ "CCI on RCDB". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Kingdom Coaster  (Dutch Wonderland)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Outlaw  (Adventureland)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hoosier Hurricane  (Indiana Beach)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Zach's Zoomer  (Michigan's Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cyclops  (Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cannonball Run  (Waterville USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "The Raven  (Holiday World)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  14. ^ Marden, Duane. "Timber Terror  (Silverwood Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  15. ^ Marden, Duane. "Underground  (Adventureland)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "Pegasus  (Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  17. ^ Marden, Duane. "The Great White  (Morey's Pier)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  18. ^ Marden, Duane. "Megafobia  (Oakwood Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  19. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tonnerre de Zeus  (Parc Astérix)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  20. ^ Marden, Duane. "Stampida  (PortAventura)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  21. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tomahawk  (PortAventura)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  22. ^ Marden, Duane. "Zeus  (Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  23. ^ Marden, Duane. "Shivering Timbers  (Michigan's Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  24. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rampage  (Alabama Splash Advenutre)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  25. ^ Marden, Duane. "Excalibur  (Funtown Splashtown USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  26. ^ Marden, Duane. "Twisted Twins  (Kentucky Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  27. ^ Marden, Duane. "GhostRider  (Knott's Berry Farm)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  28. ^ Marden, Duane. "Silver Comet  (Fantasy Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  29. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tremors  (Silverwood Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  30. ^ Marden, Duane. "The Boss  (Six Flags St. Louis)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  31. ^ Marden, Duane. "Villain  (Geauga Lake)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  32. ^ Marden, Duane. "The Legend  (Holiday World)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hurricane  (Myrtle Beach Pavilion)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  34. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mega Zeph  (Six Flags New Orleans)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "Boulder Dash  (Lake Compounce)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  36. ^ Marden, Duane. "Medusa  (Six Flags México)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cornball Express  (Indiana Beach)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  38. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cheetah  (Wild Adventures)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  39. ^ Marden, Duane. "Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain  (Indiana Beach)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  40. ^ Marden, Duane. "New Mexico Rattler  (Cliff's Amusement Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.

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