The legendary daredevil Evel Knievel will take center stage at Six Flags St. Louis next summer. However, not as a daredevil attempting to perform yet another stunt, but as the theme around the park’s latest roller coaster, Evel Knievel.
Evel Knievel will be the park’s third wooden roller coaster, but will differ from the park’s other roller coasters, as it’s a compact twister style wooden roller coaster. This new $7 million wooden roller coaster was designed and will be constructed by Great Coasters International, one of the leading wooden roller coaster manufacturers in the industry today.
"The unpredictability and high energy of this coaster make it the perfect way to pay tribute to the king of adrenaline, Evel Knievel," said David Roemer, President of Six Flags St. Louis.
Evel Knievel will have a total track footage of 2700 feet, and will stand 82 feet tall. The ride begins with an 80-foot long first drop and then bottoms out into a 90-degree angle left turn. Guests willing to challenge Evel Knievel will face a 55-foot double-dip drop, a 40-foot fan turn, sixteen camelback hills, and a number of banked curves.
The ride’s layout features a total of fourteen crossovers and Great Coasters International’s very own Millennium Flyer trains will careen through the compact design at a top speed of 50 mph. These Millennium Flyer trains are specifically designed to handle the ride’s high-banked curves while still providing smooth ride. Evel Knievel will run two of Great Coasters International’s 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains.
Evel Knievel was born Butte, Montana in the year 1938, and his career as daredevil officially began in 1965. During his 12 years career, Knievel earned the title as America's Legendary Daredevil because of his unbelievable and spectacular stunts. Evil Knievel was news worthy across the world in both his successful jumps and his terrifying crashes.
The Evel Knievel wooden roller coaster is scheduled to debut mid-summer of the 2008 season, and will be located in the front of the park near the Log Flume and the Moon Antique Cars. This is the forth-consecutive year that Six Flags St. Louis has made a capital investment add something new to the park’s lineup of attractions.
Earlier this year, Tony Hawk’s Big Spin spinning roller coaster debuted, and in 2006, the park introduced a new children’s area titled Bugs Bunny National Park along with Superman Tower of Power, a free-fall drop ride. Finally, back in 2005, the Tornado water slide premiered at Six Flags St. Louis’ Hurricane Harbor water park.