William Cobb

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William L. Cobb (1917 – December 17, 1990) was an American designer and engineer of roller coasters, as the founder and head of William Cobb & Associates. He is particularly noted for his work on designing and relocating several major wooden roller coasters in the 1970s and 1980s. A number of these coasters were world-record holders at the time of their opening.

On the subject of roller coaster design, Cobb has been quoted as saying, "You have to be a little bit mean. Sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky. You get them going on a nice straight track and they think 'This looks smooth,' and then you dip it down a little to give them a good jolt. Or you have it so that when they go over a hill it looks like they're going to get their heads chopped off at the bottom."[1]

List of roller coasters[edit]

William Cobb designed 11 roller coasters around the world.[2]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Great American Scream Machine Wood support structure Six Flags Over Georgia United States United States 1973 Operating [3]
Screamin' Eagle Wood support structure Six Flags St. Louis United States United States 1976 Operating [4]
Texas Cyclone Wood support structure Six Flags AstroWorld United States United States 1976 Removed [5]
Tornado Wood support structure Adventureland United States United States 1978 Operating [6]
Rolling Thunder Wood support structure Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States 1979 Removed [7]
Judge Roy Scream Wood support structure Six Flags Over Texas United States United States 1980 Operating [8]
Cyclone
Formerly Riverside Cyclone
Wood support structure Six Flags New England United States United States 1983 Converted
Now known as Wicked Cyclone
[9]
Monstre Wood support structure La Ronde Canada Canada 1985 Operating [10]
Roller Coaster
Formerly Tree Topper
Wood support structure Upper Clements Park Canada Canada 1989 Operating [11]
Anaconda Wood support structure Walygator Parc France France 1989 Operating [12]
Sierra Tonante Wood support structure Mirabilandia Italy Italy 1992 Removed [13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Sandy (2006). "Roller Coaster History, 1980's - 1990's". Retrieved 2006-06-09.
  2. ^ William Cobb - rcdb.com
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Great American Scream Machine  (Six Flags Over Georgia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Screamin' Eagle  (Six Flags St. Louis)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Texas Cyclone  (Six Flags AstroWorld)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tornado  (Adventureland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rolling Thunder  (Six Flags Great Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Judge Roy Scream  (Six Flags Over Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cyclone  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Monstre  (La Ronde)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster  (Upper Clements Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Anaconda  (Walygator Parc)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sierra Tonante  (Mirabilandia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.

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