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Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:06 pm
 

As a coaster enthusiast and Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan, imagine my intrigue when an e-mail came through my inbox announcing an Earnhardt-inspired coaster dubbed Intimidator 305.

Intimidator 305And this thing sounds awesome. Set to open in April of 2010 at Kings Dominion in Virginia, it features a 300 foot first drop and reaches speeds in excess of 90 mph with a ride time of three minutes. The ride trains will take inspiration from Earnhardt's famed black No. 3 car (though from the virtual renderings it doesn't appears as if the No. 3 appears on the actual train). The coaster is being built in parternship with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

You can check out a web site dedicated to the ride featuring artist renderings, virtual ride video and more: http://www.intimidator305.com/

Eventually I hope to visit all the great coaster parks like Kings Dominion and Cedar Point, but I'm waiting for my kids to get a little older. Hopefully they'll enjoy coasters as much as I do -- and at an earlier age as I was a late bloomer. It wasn't until I was in high school that I really became a fan. For years you couldn't even get me to go on Disney's Space Mountain, which aside from being in the dark, is a fairly tame coaster. But now I'll go on anything.

Category: Auto Racing
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 1:45 pm
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

"Didn't mean to make you feel old. I couldn't figure out why you wanted it to be Kellogs or Mountain Dew since Sr. never drove under those colors."


No worries, I'm not old..just getting older.

Cool




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 11:58 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Makin me feel like an old timer Section :P 

The Kelloggs reference is from a Bristol race where Sr. bumped/spun Terry Labonte (Kellogg's #5 car) out on the last lap and went on to win.  It was a love tap :) 
Didn't mean to make you feel old. I couldn't figure out why you wanted it to be Kellogs or Mountain Dew since Sr. never drove under those colors.

I agree with you about the Bristol race tap. I always tell people who give me grief about that one that if Labonte was so fast on those fresh tires, how did Sr. ever get to him? Those same people were all over me saying how does it feel when Sr. lost in Pocono on the last lap in 2000 when Jeremy Mayfield nudged him. I didn't complain about Mayfield, I did question why Sr. changed the way he was driving that last lap to give Mayfield a chance to get to him.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 11:48 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Brian - I agree, 3 minutes is a nice ride. I've been on coasters where you wait forever, and the ride is over in a minute and a half.




Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2009 11:14 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Eventually I hope to visit all the great coaster parks like Kings Dominion and Cedar Point, but I'm waiting for my kids to get a little older. Hopefully they'll enjoy coasters as much as I do.
They will Brian if you take them as soon as they are old enough. My father took us and I took my children. It is something they will always remember, riding coasters with your father is something you and your children will never forget. My father has been gone 8 years, he died 1 month before Dale Sr. and I can remember Kings Dominion, Six Flags, Busch Gardens and others. I haven't been to Kings Dominion in years, But it looks like I will have to make it back up there someday in the future. Brian thanks for the info, and making some great memories for me today thinking about my Dad, he loved roller coasters and he would have loved this one. And I hope one day soon you make some memories with your children, and we can all remember The Intimidator himself, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Spikes. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 11:06 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Makin me feel like an old timer Section :P 

The Kelloggs reference is from a Bristol race where Sr. bumped/spun Terry Labonte (Kellogg's #5 car) out on the last lap and went on to win.  It was a love tap :) 

Mountain Dew was a Darrell Waltrip reference.....although I can't recall a race where Earnhardt spun DW out in the Mountain Dew car.  But I'd be willing to bet the farm there was at least one.

Laughing  



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 10:30 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

Loops can be overrated. It's all about air-time. Plus it's about 3 minutes long, which is a good amount for a roller-coaster ride.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 9:42 am
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

I wasn't sure where you were going with the Mountain Dew or Kelloggs car there Dman, but love the idea. Doubt it will happen, but it sounds cool.  I wonder if CBS would allow one of the pictures as an av. It is racing related even though it is a roller coaster.

The layout actually looks kind of tame. You start off with going way up high, and have a great drop going right into a turn, but the rest looks kind of boring to me. Need some loops or something to liven up the rest of the ride.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 5:15 pm
 

Earnhardt Sr. inspiration for new roller-coaster

I was a die hard Sr. fan.  I think Sr. would want a car/coaster riding out in front of the main black car/coaster.  It could be painted with...let's say a Mountain Dew or Kellogg’s paint scheme (no human riders inside).  At some point towards the end of the ride the main black car would bump the lead car and cause it so spin off the track.  The black car will ALWAYS come in first.   

Wink



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