Skip to Main Content

Wooden Roller Coaster Maintenance Keeps The Racer in Peak Operating Condition

Skip to Next Section

Annual care keeps The Racer in peak operating condition

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

The annual care and roller coaster maintenance that goes into keeping The Racer in peak operating condition included the retracking of the turnaround on the south side (red trains) of the twin-track wooden roller coaster over the winter. 

The turnaround on the north side (blue trains) was retracked last year. 

Other work completed on The Racer since giving its last rides of the 2019 season in October include replacing a number of the running rails made of flattened steel strips mounted on the wooden track and replacing support bents and ledgers.

Kings Island officials coaxed John Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company out of semi-retirement for the task of designing and building The Racer. He started to design the ride’s blueprints in December 1969. The first trial run came in September 1971. It worked perfectly the first time as Allen predicted it would. 

The Racer was the first roller coaster built structurally on the ground with prefabricated sections lifted into position and bolted. It was one of the largest roller coasters ever built at the time, and the largest that Allen had built. He considered The Racer to be the finest roller coaster he ever built. 

There’s more than 600,000 board feet of lumber in the ride. Nobody knows how many nails. The construction crew started with 6,000 tons of nails which lasted only 60 days. 

The Racer has given more than 1 million rides each year since its opening in 1972. In total, more than 106 million guests have taken a ride on The Racer, far and away the most in park history. Its best year was 1976 when a park record 3,681,338 rides were given.
 

Related Topics:

Share This

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Nothing beats the original 

You may or may not realize that a few of your favorite rides at Kings Island are original to when it opened in 1972. In fact there are eleven attractions total that still operate in the park today. We’ll start with the first thing you see as you enter the park -- the Eiffel Tower.
Read More

A Walk in the Park at Kings Island: Week of June 24-28

I didn’t get to go to Grand Carnivale on Sunday. One because it was raining but also because I was exhausted. I calculated it out with one of my bridesmaids I was on the road a total of 13 hours last weekend. It didn’t seem like a ton of driving time but I am so tired. Eric and I are going to try to get to the park tonight so fingers crossed that the weather is decent.
Read More

#KILive: Grand Carnivale Spectacle of Color Parade

Watch the #KILive stream replay of the Grand Carnivale Spectacle of Color Parade from International Street.
Read More

What guests are saying about Grand Carnivale

To say that guests have been impressed with Grand Carnivale would be an understatement. Here's a sampling of what guests are saying about the all-new international festival on Twitter and surveys.
Read More

Chef James Major: Let me do the cooking for you this Fourth of July

What are you doing this Fourth of July? Why not come on down to Kings Island and let me do the cooking for you? At Coney Bar B Que, we have the rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, ribs and wonderful side dishes, all cooked fresh just for you.
Read More

Party like it's Carnivale

Each night during Grand Carnivale after the Spectacle of Color Parade concludes, the King of Carnivale and his Queen ascend the stage of the bandstand on International Street and kick off the Carnivale Street Party. This isn't just any street party.
Read More

Morning view from Banshee at Kings Island

Last week, we kicked off a new series on the Kings Island Blog by sharing morning views from around the park. We began by sharing a photo snapped behind the scenes of The Beast. Here, you see a morning view photo taken in Action Zone of the world’s longest steel inverted roller coaster, Banshee.
Read More

Disadvantaged kids enjoy day of fun at Kings Island thanks to AAA program

Hundreds of disadvantaged children from communities throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky took part in AAA’s 44th annual Children’s Outing today at Kings Island for a day of free admission, rides, food and fun.
Read More

It’s the unusual that catches the eye at Kings Island

In 1976, as part of the Bicentennial Celebration, landscapers at Kings Island created a living replica of the Liberty Bell, complete with the crack, and hung it on International Street near the Grand Carousel.
Read More

Kings Island: Bring a friend for $17.99

Kings Island has a special deal for Gold and Platinum Passholders and the people they call friends: Use your pass and get up to four friends into the park on July 7 for $17.99 each when tickets are purchased in advance online.
Read More