Reverchon Industries

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Reverchon Industries was a developer, designer and manufacturer of amusement park attractions that were sold all over the world. The company went into liquidation in September 2008, filing for bankruptcy and closing down their manufacturing and operations plant.

Its production unit was set in the French village of Samois-sur-Seine, near Fontainebleau.

History[edit]

  • 1929: Gaston Reverchon, a young coach builder, created his own workshop in the suburbs of Paris. The rides business began there when Gaston Reverchon thought to adapt the coachwork he used on real cars to bumper cars. At the time, bumper cars were nothing more than a steering wheel and a seat attached to a wooden board on wheels. The first Reverchon bumper-car with its metallic color and design inspired by the American cars of that period went on to the market and was an instant success.
  • 1937: It occurred to Gaston Reverchon to not only make parts for bumper-car rides but the whole ride itself and that year, on the dawn of the second world war, Télécombat, a ride featuring small military airplanes, was born.
  • 1956: After progress had been halted by the war, Reverchon began to provide attractions for distraction-thirsty Europeans. Joined by his sons Michel and Christian, working respectively as designer and technician ("Gaston Reverchon" became "Gaston Reverchon and Sons"), he began a second diversification, designing and producing a full range of complete rides. In 1956, they were the first to develop polyester as part of the bumper cars' coachwork.
  • 1950–1971: These two decades marked a golden age for Reverchon, throughout which the company created new rides and improved old ones. The production unit was relocated to Samois-sur-Seine, where 2,000 cars and 50 rides were produced every year and a new model designed every 5 years. In 1971, 270 workers were working in the company.
  • 1973: 1973 proved to be a big year for Reverchon Industries, when Christian Reverchon presented his two latest attractions in Chicago: Himalaya and Paratrooper. Here, the company understood its strength and weaknesses: the public found the rides very fun and the aesthetic pleasing but the rides took very long to set up (3 days for 3 people). It also revealed Reverchon Industries' desire to expand beyond Europe.
  • 1976: In 1976, Reverchon made its first flume ride at Bagatelle Park, in Berck France.
  • 1978: Having learned a lesson from 1973, Reverchon launched a bumper car system to be set up using hydraulics. Now, rather than requiring two days for six people, the owner could do the work all on his or her own.
  • 1990: The first Reverchon roller coaster is installed at Le Pal in France.[1]
  • 1997: The first Crazy Mouse coaster opens at Dinosaur Beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.[2]
  • 2003: During the 2003 IAAPA Expo, Alberto Zamperla and Gilles Reverchon announced Zamperla would manufacture and sell Reverchon amusement rides worldwide under a license agreement.[3] The first coaster built under this arrangement is installed in 2004 at Six Flags Great America.[4]
  • 2005: The Zamperla and Reverchon agreement is dissolved, however Zamperla retains the rights to build and market its own spinning mouse coaster calling it the Twister Coaster. It is virtually identical to the Reverchon model except for the use of individual restraints mounted to the floor of the vehicle – the Reverchon passenger restraints pull down from overhead.
  • 2008: Reverchon announced that they have filed for bankruptcy and are closing down their manufacturing and operations.[5] On September 26, 2008 the company ceased trading. Rival roller coaster company Zamperla continues marketing the Twister Coaster.

List of operating Reverchon roller coasters[edit]

Name Model Park Country Opened
Tigre de Sibérie Custom Coaster Le Pal France France 1990
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Hirakata Park Japan Japan 1998
Dizzy Mouse Spinning Coaster Wurstelprater Austria Austria 1998
Spinning Coaster Spinning Coaster Yokohama Cosmoworld Japan Japan 1998
Wall's Twister Ride Spinning Coaster West Midland Safari Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 1998
Spin Mouse Spinning Coaster Mitsui Greenland Japan Japan 1998
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Steel Pier United States United States 1999
Ratón Loco Spinning Coaster La Feria Chapultepec Magico Mexico Mexico 1999
Exterminator Spinning Coaster Kennywood United States United States 1999
Fantasy Mouse Spinning Coaster Fantasy Island United Kingdom United Kingdom 2000
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Brighton Pier United Kingdom United Kingdom 2000
Twister Spinning Coaster Lightwater Valley United Kingdom United Kingdom 2001
Wild Mouse Spinning Coaster Magic World Italy Italy 2001
Flagermusen Spinning Coaster Fårup Sommerland Denmark Denmark 2001
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Allou Fun Park Greece Greece 2002
Papillons d'Alice Junior Spinning Coaster Jardin d'Acclimatation France France 2002
Primeval Whirl Spinning Coaster Disney's Animal Kingdom United States United States 2002
Wild Mouse Spinning Coaster (Compact) Abie Danter Jnr. - Danter Attractions United Kingdom United Kingdom 2002
Magic Mouse Spinning Coaster Fantasia Luna Park Greece Greece 2003
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Steve Vander Vorst Rides United States United States 2003
Ragondingue Spinning Coaster Bagatelle France France 2006
Bukkerittet Spinning Coaster Kongeparken Norway Norway 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Company = Reverchon)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Reverchon Spinning Coaster)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fun Alliance". Amusement Business. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rajin' Cajun  (Six Flags Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reverchon Goes Bump". Park World. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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