The past few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in roller coaster technology, especially in terms of size and speed. Many new coasters exhibit the phenomenal velocity, exhilarating drops, and dizzying loops that seem to defyor at least bendthe laws of physics. In Roller Coasters, thrill-ride enthusiast and expert Robert Coker explorers the history of the coaster, examines the development of engineering design, and takes a turn-by-turn look at some of the most exciting coasters in the worldand then takes a glance into the future of thrill rides.
From fifteenth-century Russian slides and the legendary Coney Island Cyclone to modern day giga-coasters like Steel Dragon 2000 at Japan's Nagashima Spa Land, this breathtaking volume offers a wild ride through the evolution of roller coasters, putting you in the first car of the world's scariest gravity-defying rides. Plus factfilled sidebars hidelights the industy's greatest engineers and builders.
With more than 100 awe-inspiring images of the world's most terrifying rides, as well as coverage of nearly 200 roller coastersincluding wooden wonders, steel marvels, inverted coasters, floorless coasters, suspended coasters, and record-breaking giga coastersRoller Coasters is a comprehensive guide to a world of heart pounding, hair raising action.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I give this book 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. If you are a coaster enthusiast like I am, you will love Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines . I love it and read it every day. The pictures are great.
For fans of the now defunct Thrillride.com, webmaster turned author Robert Coker brings his knack for descriptive writing, and love of all things roller coaster to the book world. This book is a great study of coasters past present and future, and filled with great illustrations that any coaster lover will have to own!