Racer 75 lift hill in 2005
|Park section||Candy Apple Grove|
|Opening date||May 3, 1975|
|Type||Wood – Racing|
|Manufacturer||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters|
|Designer||John C. Allen|
|Track layout||Out and back|
|Height||85 ft (25.9 m)||85 ft (25.9 m)|
|Drop||81 ft (24.7 m)||81 ft (24.7 m)|
|Length||3,368.5 ft (1,026.7 m)||3,368.5 ft (1,026.7 m)|
|Speed||56 mph (90.1 km/h)||56 mph (90.1 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||50°||50°|
|Capacity||1200 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||4 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.|
Racer 75 at RCDB|
Pictures of Racer 75 at RCDB
Racer 75 (formerly known as Rebel Yell) is a wooden racing roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Designed by the legendary John C. Allen, it is one of the few remaining attractions that opened with the park in 1975. It features a similar track layout to The Racer (1972) at Kings Island and the now-defunct Thunder Road at Carowinds (1976). In 2018, Rebel Yell was renamed Racer 75, dropping its Confederate theme to represent its racing layout and opening year, as well as a subtle nod to the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) organization that was founded in 1978 at the park.
Racer 75 opened as Rebel Yell with Kings Dominion's grand opening in 1975. The original name paid homage to the battle cry used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Shortly after its debut, the racing roller coaster was prominently featured in the 1977 film Rollercoaster. In 1992, the trains on one side were changed to face backward, which was a similar change made on Kings Island's The Racer a decade earlier in 1982. Both were restored to their original configurations in 2008, not long after Cedar Fair purchased the chain of parks from Paramount. For the park's 40th anniversary in 2014, each train was repainted either red or blue to represent their original color scheme, and chasing lights were added back to the water park side of the track.
The Confederate theme was dropped in 2018 when it was renamed Racer 75. The new name was labeled an amalgam that mixes references to the coaster's racing configuration, the year it opened, and the ACE acronym for American Coaster Enthusiasts – a club organization that traces its founding back to a 1978 riding event at the park involving Rebel Yell. While the park didn't acknowledge the reason, the name change coincided with rumblings in the state legislature surrounding the removal of Confederate statuary icons throughout Virginia.
Racer 75 features a racing roller coaster layout with two individual tracks that are mirror images of one another. Its design was inspired by the Racer at sister park Kings Island, which opened three years earlier in 1972, the main difference being that Racer 75's tracks do not split until the turnarounds, whereas Racer's tracks split at the first big hill. Racer 75's design was also utilized in the construction of Thunder Road at Carowinds in 1976, which featured the greatest height and speed of the three until its permanent closure in 2015. The tracks ran parallel to Lake Charles, a large man-made lake on the northwest corner of Kings Dominion. Two-thirds of the lake was drained in the early 1990s during construction of Anaconda.
There is one red and one blue train on each side for a total of two trains on each side. When only running one train on each side, an effort is made to run a train of each color. Racer 75 received the Coaster Landmark award from ACE on June 20, 2003.
- The Racer, a roller coaster at Kings Island with a similar layout
- Thunder Road, a defunct roller coaster at Carowinds with a similar layout
- Removal of Confederate monuments and memorials
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- ACE Coaster Landmark Awards