Entertainment Would you ride this coaster?

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    Blue Flash Backyard Roller Coaster
    In a way, the "Blue Flash" homemade roller coaster validates the ethos of another surprising backyard Midwestern construction project: "If you build it, they will come."

    John Ivers, an unassuming grandfather living in Bruceville, Indiana, started the project with 10 feet of straight track in his shed, which he plopped a retrofitted car seat on top of. Simply through trial and error — without formal engineering training — he kept on building, until the ride outgrew the small shed. Then he brought it outside and kept building, adding a full loop, an engine-powered conveyor chain, support towers, and flag mounts.

    When it was finished, he of course christened the roller coaster with a name: the Blue Flash.

    Originally built for Ivers’ five grandchildren in 2001, the ride’s unique combination of remote location, imaginative creativity, resourceful engineering, and unmatched adrenaline attracted thrill-seekers and news outlets. Blue Flash acolytes started to descend upon Bruceville from across the globe.

    A quick YouTube search reveals dozens of these pilgrimages. The local PBS station exalted the ride, Roadside America featured its absurdity, and the famously cynical comedian Daniel Tosh roasted it on his namesake show. The homebrew roller coaster's reputation quickly eclipsed the small-town boundaries of 500-person Bruceville.

    The Blue Flash roller coaster is “push to start.” But just to clarify, that’s “push” as in an exhausting series of physical shoves from the roller coaster’s creator, not “push” as in the simple tap of a post-2012 automobile ignition button. Up close, the paint is peeling and the tall grasses poke through the coaster slats like miniature periscopes. Ivers flips an innocent-looking light switch to ignite the roaring engine.

    The Blue Flash won’t be winning any superlatives from the Grand Panel of Roller Coaster Connoisseurs anytime soon. In reality, it’s a quick ride — only 24 seconds per lap — and a simple one. If maximizing G-forces is your goal, you'd be better served heading 70 miles away from Bruceville to the amusement parks dotting Santa Claus, Indiana.

    But the Blue Flash isn’t just a ride — and it isn't just a strange oddity interrupting the endless Indiana horizon either. Rather, the contraption is an impressive testament to creativity and the impact even the goofiest ideas can have. Its successful completion and safety record is a stand against defeatism; its lack of formal engineering a badge of can-do spirit; and its inspiration a testament of grandfatherly love.
     
  2. Walygatr

    Walygatr Well-Known Member

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    No.
     
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    Father O'Blivion Well-Known Member

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    Looks like fun... will probably kill someone.
     
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    Airwolf Well-Known Member

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    What a stupid asshole...
     
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    No, this looks as gay as Biff Dibase.
     
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    Murcielago Dead Pull Hitter Gold

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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    saving money. for back surgery
     
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    Is that part of the ride? :ujj:

    Where was that?
     
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    No.
     
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    Damn, do you know if they died?
    I won't ride any rides, especially after that girl had her feet ripped off on one a few years ago.
     
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    Hells no.
     
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    Probably not but it's still cool.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    I don't know it it' real or not. It was off a roller coaster accidents site I just looked at because of thread. I honestly hope it's not real, but who knows in today's world of camera's everywhere.
     
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    Thanks. That would suck if that really happened.
     
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    It's a shop. Thats the Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsberg, which only has 8 cars on it.

    Here's another fantastic fake:

     
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    I've developed the "Alloween Guillotine" for my adventurous trick or treaters! (Please carefully follow mimeographed instructions exactly - seriously to the letter - to avoid actual decapitation)