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!
In just one week from today, on Sunday, August 11th, 2002, the Whizzer at Six Flags Great America is scheduled to run through its circuit for the final time in its original location, after operating for the past 26 years since it opened with the park in May of 1976.
The last remaining Speedracer coaster in North America designed by the late Anton Schwarzkopf, Whizzer is scheduled to close to make way for a new coaster to open in Spring of next year. While it currently is unknown which coaster will replace the Whizzer, one thing is for certain: this coaster classic needs to find a new home.
If you want to do your part to help ensure that this ride won't end up a pile of scrap metal, head on over to this online Help the Whizzer Petition.
1976 - 2002... Help the Whizzer rest in peace, not in peices.