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Jason Goldsmith

It's official: Busch Gardens Europe to get new attraction in 2007

Published: June 27, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Bye-Bye LeMans Raceway. Hello new attraction. According to the latest press release on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Europe website, they are officially getting rid of LeMans Raceway to make way for a new attraction. Of course, they don't tell you anything about the attraction; just that "details coming soon."

Read the press release

[Editor's note: We covered the local planning approval process for this new attraction back in March.]

Replies (2)

Jason Jackson

Published: June 27, 2006 at 7:02 PM

It is a shame they could not relocate LeMan's or possibly leave at least one of the tracks. It is a popular family ride. Progress happens!
Robert Niles

Published: June 27, 2006 at 10:15 PM

Here's the guts of the press release:
They have traveled nearly ten-million miles in 31 years, but Busch Gardens Europe will soon bid adieux to the forty-nine recreated antique racing cars of Le Mans to make way for a stellar new attraction. Le Mans’ last day of operation will be Wed., July 5.

"After careful review, we have decided the Le Mans Raceway site is optimal for the park’s newest attraction," said Donnie Mills, executive vice president and general manager for Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA. "We hope guests will take this opportunity to come out to the park and take a final spin around the track as we continue to keep the park fresh and offer the latest in new attractions," he added.

Details about the new attraction are not yet available. The park is working closely with corporate and county officials on design plans for an exciting addition to its attraction lineup and will release details soon.

One of the park’s original rides, Le Mans Raceway is located in the France section of Busch Gardens Europe. Since opening to the public in 1975, the ride has been popular with guests of all ages.

The cars, modeled after the 1913 Stutz Bearcat, have molded fiberglass bodies and were built on steel frames in California. Each is powered by an eight horsepower gasoline engine with a maximum speed of seven miles per hour. The cars follow one of three 2,000-foot tracks, accumulating a total of nearly 200,000 miles per car since the park opened 31 years ago.

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