50 Best ... White knuckle rides
"Woodies", "airtime" "inversions", "G-roll": the language of coasters is as fraught as the business of riding them. So let Emma Haughton and her panel of experts experience the best rides going ? so that you don't have to...
Saturday 17 June 2000
Ice Blast, Blackpool
Tidal Wave, Surrey
The Giant Drop, Queensland
Best steel coaster
Magnum XL-200, Ohio
Superman: Ride of Steel, Maryland
Millennium Force, Ohio
Incredible Hulk, Florida
Superman: The Escape, California
Steel Force, Pennsylvania
Medusa, New Jersey
Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Virginia
Dragon Khan, Spain
Raging Bull, Illinois
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, France
Apollo's Chariot, Virginia
Texas Tornado, Texas
The Ultimate, North Yorkshire
Pepsimax Big One, Blackpool
Tonerre De Zeus, France
The Beast, Ohio
Son of Beast, Ohio
Texas Giant, Texas
Coney Island Cyclone, New York
Grand National, Blackpool
Comet, New York
Big Dipper, Blackpool
Timber Wolf, Missouri
Wild Mouse, Blackpool
Wild One, Maryland
Giant Dipper, California
Riverside Cyclone, Massachusetts
Shivering Timbers, Michigan
Steve O'Brien, 36, has been riding coasters since he was seven and is a regular contributor on www.rollercoaster.com . Justin Garvanovic is editor-in-chief of coaster magazine First Drop and founder of the European Coaster Club ( www.coasterclub.org ). Andy Hine is chairman and founder of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain ( www.rccgb.co.uk ). He has now sampled 90 per cent of the world's coasters. Chris Cox, 16, is a member of RCCGB and has experienced many of the world's best rides. He went on his first coaster at the age of six.
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