Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Jack Rabbit


Today, we took a trip back into local history, with our visit to Seabreeze, and a ride on its ninety-one-year-old Jack Rabbit. "At its opening in 1920, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world," and is today "the fourth oldest operating roller coaster in the world." I don't know about you, but I place more trust in the craftsmanship of that era than in the technocratic "precision" of ours.

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5 Comments:

Blogger 유미 said...

I love old wooden roller coasters. The "feel" is so much better. The bumpiness of it compared to the smooth ride on a steel roller coaster is great. Perhaps our notion of modern "precision" only adds to the experience of riding an old roller coaster: since we assume it's less safe it heightens the fear/fun of the ride. Good times.

September 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Did you ever ride The Comet at Crystal Beach in Fort Erie, or was that before your time?

September 12, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger 유미 said...

Sadly it was before my time. I was born in 1984 and the park closed in 1989. Darn!

September 12, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

And of course, Brooklyn has the world-famous Cyclone!

September 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Yumi, being "born in 1984" carries with it a lot of weight, it seems. The closure of Crystal Beach was a tragedy. I'm sorry you missed it.

Pints, I'm there! All the more fun after a few... pints!

September 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM  

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