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I think this is one of my favorite spotlights since I watched it get built, and was one of the first to ride it. And with all the videos and other material, it really is the COMPLETE history of the ride!

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That is by far one of my favorite spotlights on this site now. The coverage of every aspect of the ride's history is awesome and as it is a favorite of mine and the first coaster I ever remember going on in the park I really do have that much more appreciation for this spotlight. Awesome job guys!!

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Great spotlights as always! I really enjoy reading them all! This is one of my new favorites now.

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Mark my words... after watching the 15 second advertisement spot, you will no longer be able to ride through the corkscrew on the GASM without imitating the guy in the commercial !!! :P

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Great spotlights as always! I really enjoy reading them all! This is one of my new favorites now.

 

 

Just wait- you haven't seen the one we have planned for Tango! ;)

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Awesome Spotlight! GASM has always been one of my favorite coaster in the world. And as always, I love being a part of the spotlight

 

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GASM at it's finest (me in the 2nd row) :P

 

This had a lot of really cool information, and I'm still shocked that I have all but 3 of those souvenirs!

 

-Dainan "GASM :wub: " Rafferty

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Very nice spotlight on GASM which is a icon for the park. It is a very nice looking coaster but it is a rough ride so I don't ride it too often. I remember watching GASM from Bugs Bunny Land when I was a little kid and I thought it looked so cool. Also I have heard that SFMM did overhaul Viper, GASM's twin and that it is supposedly running much smoother than it has for a long time, hopefully GASM will get some work soon too.

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Congratulations Great American Scream Machine on 20 Seasons of flipping us upside down !!! 1989 - 2008

 

We proudly celebrate the anniversary of The Great American Scream Machine with GreatAdventureHistory.com's 25th Attraction-related Spotlight!

 

 

 

 

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One or two years ago I think a track section was removed from GASM for a few weeks then replaced.

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^ I believe last year a piece of rail on the first drop was replaced. just one section about two feet long tops, on one side.

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Yes, and I have a picture of it which I forgot to add to the spotlight, but I'm adding about a dozen more pictures to the page in the next day or two.

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^^That would ruin your day. :rolleyes: I remember we used to park not far from the brake run and we would usually walk along it to the park. Can't do that now with Superman there but you do walk pretty close to GASM's brake in Superman's queue. If you look you can see the park turned around one of GASM's floodlights to light up Superman now.

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Having gone through the spotlight, I now have more respect for Great American Scream Machine. Seeing as how it really ushered in the modern roller coaster age at the park, I'm going to let up on my calls to take it down. It's such a photogenic ride too, it'd be a shame to see it go. Great Spotlight as always!

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Congratulations Great American Scream Machine on 20 Seasons of flipping us upside down !!! 1989 - 2008

 

I never thought of that... I got to work the ride on it's 15th anniversary!

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I wonder what Ray Williams is up to? Any chance of interviewing former park execs?

 

It's funny, I brought this up when we were putting the GASM Spotlight together... didn't Ray Williams become president of Arrow Dynamics in the late '90s?

 

We've discussed doing some interviews with people relevant to GA's history and hopefully you will see some of these in the future!

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It's funny, I brought this up when we were putting the GASM Spotlight together... didn't Ray Williams become president of Arrow Dynamics in the late '90s?

 

We've discussed doing some interviews with people relevant to GA's history and hopefully you will see some of these in the future!

 

Supposedly, Ray went to work at an oil company. Vince Lupinacci left Great Adventure to become the President & CEO of Sunkist. He returned to the amusement business as President & CEO of Palace Entertainment (Water parks & amusement centers), and now heads Global Recruiters of Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

http://www.grnthousandoaks.com

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^ Interesting! I'll have to see if I can located an old Amusement Business article on Ray. Maybe I dreamt the Arrow connection. But I ususally leave dreams for the really strange stuff! :P

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This ride has to stay with us for a good long time. It is a symbol of the innovation that our park has been known for, and should stay that way. :)

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It's amazing how long it took Great Adventure to get a full-circuit looping coaster. Busch Gardens added the Loch Ness Monster in 1978 and numerous other parks added similar rides (some smaller like standard corkscrews coasters) for years. GA always took the state-of-the-art route adding rides like the the twin interlocking Lightnin' Loops, FreeFall, Sarajevo Bobsled and Ultra Twister. It took until 1989 for them to get a "real" steel rollercoaster.

 

 

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