Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure gave it's last ride on Sunday night. The looper is to be removed to make way for 2011's attraction.
The official announcement of the removal was on July 18th, after which the coaster started drawing lines for the first time in years. Six Flags Great Adventure arranged a closing weekend event to commemorate the ride's years of faithful service.
The park also auctioned off the seats for the final ride. The proceeds from that and a poster raffle benefitted the National Roller Coaster Museum. After the last riders disembarked, the coaster was officially retired.
Great American Scream Machine was designed by Arrow Dynamics, and opened in 1989 as the tallest and fastest coaster, albeit briefly. The coaster incorporated seven inversions, consisting of three loops, a batwing and two corkscrews. The ride did require the tops of the three loops to be replaced with extra bracing in 1992, but ran very consistently over it's 21 years of operation.
The removal of the coaster will follow in the next several weeks, as well as the announcement of the 2011 attractions.