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Post November 28th, 2007, 6:47 pm

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Engines Primed & Ready for Steel Hawg Roller Coaster
To Debut at Indiana Beach in 2008
Coaster will be first of its kind in United States!

Fun, flips, and gravity defying excitement are just the beginning of whatΓÇÖs in store for guests when they visit Indiana Beach Amusement Resort in 2008. IndianaΓÇÖs largest and most popular amusement resort and vacation playground announced the first major steel coaster to be constructed in the state: Steel Hawg. The new family coaster will be Indiana BeachΓÇÖs sixth roller coaster and its first to take riders upside-down.

ΓÇ£When we debuted The Hoosier Hurricane in 1994, it was the first new wooden coaster the state had seen in over fifty years,ΓÇ¥ offered Tom Spackman, Jr. of Indiana Beach. ΓÇ£Now, with the Steel Hawg, weΓÇÖll be able to continue that thrilling tradition and take our guests on an entirely unique ride on the stateΓÇÖs first custom steel coaster."

Readers of Indiana Beach's popular blog "View From The Crow's Nest"(www.IndianaBeach.com/blog) were the first to learn of the new attraction. The Amusement Resort had been hinting about the new coaster for weeks and announced the name and ride details to its readers on Monday, November 26, 2007.

Steel Hawg, which will rise 96 feet above ground and feature a 120є first drop along with multiple inversions, will be designed and constructed by ride manufacturer S & S Worldwide, Inc. of Logan, Utah. The company also produced Indiana Beach’s popular Double Shot tower ride and its Frog Hopper kiddie ride. “We’ve had an excellent relationship with S & S over the years and we’re looking forward to continuing that relationship with Steel Hawg,” stated Spackman. “The coaster will be a very distinctive ride with tight turns, 90є banks, inversions, and one-of-a-kind elements. However, with a height limit of 48 inches, it’s also a ride designed for families to enjoy together."

One of the largest ride investments in Indiana BeachΓÇÖs history, Steel Hawg will be located on the north side of the park near the popular Hoosier Hurricane and RockyΓÇÖs Rapids Log Flume rides. Steel Hawg is scheduled to deliver its unique coaster experience in mid-May.

Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, featuring over 40 rides and attractions, will open for its 83rd season beginning on May 3, 2008. Indiana Beach is located in northwest Indiana on beautiful Lake Shafer near Monticello, 95 miles north of Indianapolis or 110 miles south of Chicago. For additional information about Indiana Beach, visit www.IndianaBeach.com or call 574-583-4144.

Steel Hawg Fact Sheet

Manufacturer - S & S Worldwide, Inc. of Logan, Utah
Height - 96 feet
Top Speed - 41 miles per hour
First Drop - 120є
Inversions - 3
Number of cars - 4
Number of Riders (per car) - 4
Height Limit - 48" minimum
Unique/Featured Elements - 120є 1st drop
Wall Turn
45є tip-out
Inverted Drop
Outside 360 roll


http://www.indianabeach.com/news/news/index.htm

Post November 28th, 2007, 7:16 pm

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Okay, this is a little misleading. Are they getting a Screaming Squirrel or what?

Post November 28th, 2007, 7:39 pm

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^you're close: http://www.s-spower.com/elloco.html

Looks like I'll be taking another trip to IB next year! That 120 degree first drop is certainly one-of-a-kind.

Post November 28th, 2007, 11:49 pm

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woah, thats a really intense roller coaster...
So, my friend came up to me the other day and asked if I wanted a frozen banana, and I said no, but I want a normal banana later, so... yea.

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Post November 29th, 2007, 2:38 am
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That looks pretty sick and twisted, but i doubt it'll fun
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Post November 29th, 2007, 12:15 pm

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Sounds great! [:D] However the nolimits image on the website isnt too good. Hope they release some more pictures or something soon! I want to see this planned drop!


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http://www.rideentertainment.com/pdf/ElLoco.pdf

PDF file showing a little bit more [:)]

Post November 30th, 2007, 12:47 am

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Word has it that the coaster won't be an exact clone of the El Loco ride.

Post December 3rd, 2007, 12:39 am

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I wonder if Hersheypark knows that Steel Hawg will exceed their Farenheit coaster's first drop by 23 degrees?

Post December 3rd, 2007, 12:43 am

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I still don't understand how the drop is 120 degrees.
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Post December 3rd, 2007, 2:11 am

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Originally posted by HauntVentFX2007

I wonder if Hersheypark knows that Steel Hawg will exceed their Farenheit coaster's first drop by 23 degrees?


I wouldn't put it past them...That's some serious math, but I hear Hersheypark has a few smart people in the staff?
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IMO the steepest drop possible is 90*...how can you get steeper than straight down? All that advertising about the steepest drop in the world doesn't make sense to me.

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I've always wondered the same thing, especially since S&S has their "180 degree drops" on screaming squirrels. If I made a coaster with a 190 degree drop (same as a 180 but ended sloping up a little) could you say it was steeper than the other one?

Post December 3rd, 2007, 3:14 am
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No, because after 179 degrees it fails to be a drop anymore.

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Post January 2nd, 2008, 7:53 pm

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That's a really good point, never thought about it that way...
El Loco! doesn't look like it has a 120* first drop, the "drop looks like a half loop. What's going on?

Post January 3rd, 2008, 1:03 pm

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^The drop slopes down to a 120* angle and then bottoms out. It isn't half a loop, it's just a drop with an extreme angle. Technically, 90* is the steepest a drop can be, because if you go beyond 90, it can be measured as less than 90 from the opposite direction.

Post January 3rd, 2008, 1:06 pm

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Originally posted by invaderDAK

^The drop slopes down to a 120* angle and then bottoms out. It isn't half a loop, it's just a drop with an extreme angle. Technically, 90* is the steepest a drop can be, because if you go beyond 90, it can be measured as less than 90 from the opposite direction.


That may be correct from a geometry stand point but, in engineering, the angle is measured from the start point to the point where the angle begins to reverse itself. You don't arbitrarily asign a point where you begin measuring from another angle.

Post January 17th, 2008, 7:34 pm

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Originally posted by guitarplayer673

I've always wondered the same thing, especially since S&S has their "180 degree drops" on screaming squirrels. If I made a coaster with a 190 degree drop (same as a 180 but ended sloping up a little) could you say it was steeper than the other one?


no i think anything over 150 degrees including drops is counted as an inversion

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Post June 13th, 2008, 7:10 pm

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that ride looks so amazingly painful. I like that downward barrel roll though. It looks fun, but extremely painful.
So, my friend came up to me the other day and asked if I wanted a frozen banana, and I said no, but I want a normal banana later, so... yea.

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Post June 13th, 2008, 7:26 pm

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The drop looks fun, but the element after that to me would be painful, unless what I'm seeing on the crest of the drop is a holding break of some kind.

Post June 13th, 2008, 7:40 pm

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yeah, probably is, im sure it brakes you the whole way down. looks interesting, anyone able to ride it soon?

Post June 13th, 2008, 8:08 pm

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Woah. I wasn't expecting it to look anything like that. Looks like an insane little ride.

Post June 13th, 2008, 9:16 pm

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I think it looks badass. Another example why IB looks so amazing!

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