The historic Schwarzkopf shuttle coaster Greezed Lightnin' is on its way to a new home. Amusement Today is reporting that the coaster will be crossing state lines for the first time in its history as it makes the move to Cliff's Amusement Park in New Mexico. The ride is currently sitting in storage in Lubbock, Texas.
Greezed Lightnin' has had an interesting past. The coaster was originally built in 1978 at the former Six Flags AstroWorld. It operated here for 27 years until the park closed its doors in 2005. After AstroWorld's closure the coaster was bought by Joyland Park in Lubbock, Texas. However, Greezed Lightnin' never opened at Joyland Park and instead sat in storage for years.Amusement Today stated that there was a high water table underneath the park that made re-constructing the ride too expensive. Since Joyland Park was unable to re-open Greezed Lightnin' they put the ride up on the market for sale.
While Joyland Park was having problems with their coaster Cliffs Amusment Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico realized that they had an SCS waterplay unit that couldn't meet the demand their park had. The two parks realized that they could benefit by trading rides, so a handshake deal was done and the parks traded rides without any monetary exchange.
Greezed Lightnin' will be joining Cliff's Amusement Park's other two coasters Galaxi and New Mexico Rattler, a CCI wooden coaster. It will also push the park's coaster count up to three, pushing the park past Western Playland in coaster count and making it the New Mexico park with the most coasters.
According to Amusement Today no date has been officially released for the debut of Greezed Lightnin' at Cliff's Amusement Park.