HUSS Park Attractions
|Mirko J. Schulze (Managing Director)|
History of the original Huss Company
HUSS Maschinenfabrik was a German company founded in 1919 in Bremen and originally made new and replacement parts for ship engines. The company began to create amusement rides in 1969 and continued until 2005.
In 1981 Huss Maschinenfabrik purchased Arrow Development from the Rio Grande Railroad, merging the two companies to form Arrow Huss. The company got into financial trouble partially due to heavily investing in Darien Lake theme park in New York and the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans. Arrow Huss filed for bankruptcy protection in 1985, and 13 of the company's American officers negotiated a buyout. In 1986 the takeover was approved by the courts and the American company re-emerged as Arrow Dynamics. The German company reorganized as Huss Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG.
On August 1, 2006, the Bremen district court declared provisional insolvency and an insolvency manager was appointed. Following this, a new company was created, Huss Park Attractions. The new company was created by a group of investors who used the "Huss" name, created a logo similar to the original used by HUSS, and began building rides at the Hungarian factory 'Huss Gépgyár Kft'.
It must be noted that HUSS PARK ATTRACTIONS and HUSS PARTS AND SERVICE are newer companies and not the HUSS company that became world-famous by building rides such as the Enterprise, Pirate, Troika, and others in the 1970s and '80s. HUSS Maschinenfabrik was the company responsible for these rides. The companies of today are not the legal successors of the original HUSS MASCHINENFABRIK company nor the builders of the original HUSS rides.
A few of HUSS' rides include the Breakdance, Top Spin, Shot'n Drop and Frisbee. Breakdance was developed and built in 1985 by HUSS Rides and there are now four variants, of which over 100 have been installed worldwide—46 of them in Germany.
HUSS also offers a range of "Giant Rides" which are aimed to fill the gap between thrill rides and roller coasters. From 1981 to 1985, during its merger with Arrow, Arrow Huss built roller coasters. Darien Lake's Viper, MarineLand's Dragon Mountain and Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Big Bad Wolf are a few examples.
List of HUSS-manufactured rides
Several companies using the HUSS name have produced and distributed over 30 unique ride designs. These rides are in operation all over the world, and some have been in operation for 35+ years. Below is a list of the different ride types produced by different HUSS companies:
- Bee Bee
- Ben Hur (no longer available)
- Breakdance 1 (no longer available)
- Breakdance 2 (no longer available)
- Breakdance 3 (no longer available)
- Breakdance 4/Rodeo
- Condor (Reintroduced in 2013 as "Condor 2G/2GH")
- Crazy Pineapple (no longer available)
- Delirium (no longer available)
- Disco-Round (no longer available)
- Enterprise (Reintroduced in 2015 as "Enterprise 2G/2GH")
- Skylab (no longer available)
- Fly Away
- Flipper (no longer available)
- Flipper Suspended (no longer available)
- Fly Willy
- Giant Frisbee 40
- Giant Frisbee 50
- Frisbee XL (no longer available)
- Jump (no longer available)
- King Kong
- Land of the Giants (no longer available)
- Locomotion (no longer available)
- Megadance (no longer available)
- Flic Flac (no longer available)
- Magic (no longer available)
- Pirate Ship
- Dreamboat (no longer available)
- Ranger (no longer available)
- Rainbow (no longer available)
- Revolution (Six Flags Great America)
- Shot'N Drop
- Shot'N Drop MAXI
- Sky Tower
- Speedy (no longer available)
- Swing Around (no longer available)
- Top Spin
- Top Spin Suspended
- Giant Top Spin (no longer available)
- Take Off (no longer available)
- Topple Tower
- TriStar (no longer available)
- Troika (no longer available)
- UFO (no longer available)
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- "About Huss: Since 1919". Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- O'Brien, Tim. Legends: Pioneers of the Amusement Park Industry, Ripley Entertainment Inc., 2006, p:225
- ""Breakdance" and "Top spin" built" (in German). August 2, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- "Huss returns". parkworld-online.com. 2006-10-01. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Giant Rides". Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- "Roller Coaster Census: Viper". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Roller Coaster Census: Dragon Mountain". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
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