Busch Gardens Europe
August 4, 2010
Leading our tour was Ben who was pretty knowledgeable about coasters although
we did stump him a time or two with our "Wonder Geek Powers".
Even though he didn't know Bollinger or Mabillard's first name he was a
great tour guide. Oh Busch Gardens, Ben and his two photographers
need a raise because they're great.
The first stop on the tour was down next to the Rhine River where we could
compare modern steel coasters with...
...oclassic steel coasters like the Loch Ness Monster. A big difference
between the two is that a modern steel coaster might have a margin of error
when manufacturing the ride of the thickness of a piece of paper while Nessie's
margin of error was FIVE FEET. With that simple fact it's easy to
understand why today's steel coasters are as smooth as silk while
old Arrow coasters like Nessie beat you up. Ben said that when they
were building the Loch Ness Monster and they got to the final piece of track
it was five feet off and they had to heat it up and bend it right there
on site in order to finish the ride.
Speaking of the Loch Ness Monster or as it's also called Nessie as we like
to call it, that was our first stop. So did we go ride it?