Today, officials of Six Flags Great America changed plans to remove Whizzer, the last remaining Schwarzkopf SpeedRacer in the United States, from the park's ride collection in favor of a new coaster for 2003 and, as it is reported, instead decided that it is the 14-year oldShockwave's time to go.
This comes after the park announced that the Whizzer would close on August 11th to make way for an unspecified attraction to open next season.
The Shockwave, which opened as one of the world's tallest and fastest looping coasters in 1988, features 7 inversions and comes from Utah's Arrow Dynamics. Reports state that the ride has already been closed and dismantling of the coaster should begin any day now.
Thanks to all who voiced their opinion that the Whizzer should stay, and this is fortunately one case that a classic American coaster gem can be saved!