By Nick StattPosted 10.03.2011 at 10:00 am 9 Comments
The 190-foot-tall whirling aerial swing in the Wunderland Kalkar amusement park, near the German-Dutch border, claims an unusual distinction: It's the only ride in the world constructed in a decommissioned nuclear cooling tower. (You can read our primer on nuclear power plants here.) In 1995, Dutch developer Hennie van der Most bought the defunct nuclear power plant from the German government.
Airplane-inspired amusement-park rides of the 1930s spawned some of todayâ€™s theme-park favorites
By Amanda MacmillanPosted 06.06.2005 at 4:00 pm 0 Comments
Devalued stocks, raging unemployment and weakened national pride plagued the 1930s, but PopSci escaped the Great Depression with a focus on fun inventions. A ride that “gives thrill seekers topsy-turvy sensations, comparable to those of looping the loop in a plane” graced our May 1934 cover, half a century after the roller coaster first appeared in American amusement parks. A giant steel arm swung this four-passenger car like a pendulum until momentum took over, hurling riders around a full loop.
Competitive karting is CART for the rest of us. And the kids can kick your butt.
By Stephan WilkinsonPosted 07.29.2002 at 11:58 am 0 Comments
So I spend my life playing with fast cars, and the first time I'm on a track with my 23-year-old daughterthe backpacker with the Ivy League sociology degreeshe blows me into the bulrushes. Almost literally: The downhill chicane leading onto the main straight at Oakland Valley threatens to launch you right over the rumble strip into a cattail-bordered pond if you don't get the kart rotated and the power down early. That's right, go-karts.