Another Earnhardt themed roller coaster?
Carowinds announced today that its new $23 million (not $11 million, as previouly leaked) B&M hyper coaster will be called...
With a Dale Earnhardt theme.
Just like Kings Dominion's Intamin giga, announced last week.
How many NASCAR-themed coasters does the VA/NC/SC area need?
FWIW, this ride will be similar to Kings Islands' Diamondback, and will use the same staggered seating cars.
Update: Based on Carowinds' claim that this will be the tallest coaster in the Southeast, I offer this poll:
Also, here are two animations of the new ride, a POV and a fly-around:
By the way, Deadspin had a wickedly sick thread on the KD Intimidator 305 announcement, noting the irony of naming a high-speed coaster after someone who died in a high-speed crash. I assume that this annoucement will open another round of snark.
First of all, I say they are all late in capitalizing on the popularity of NASCAR in the Southeast. Second, it's bad show to name a roller coaster after a man that died in a NASCAR race. Third, Virginia is the northernmost state in the Southeast U.S.
Last I checked Virginia was south of the Mason-Dixon line, that makes it part of the South doesn't it?
Wow, this is really... I never expected this stupidity from Cedar Fair. Virigina is Southern. Heck, Maryland is Southern in that it's below the Mason Dixon line. Yes, it's right near a NASCAR track, just like Kings Dominion. Honestly, Carowinds should have gotten theirs out first. That's where the NASCAR Hall Of Fame is going to be. Kings Dominion should have been named something COMPLETELY different. This is really bad for the Cedar Fair PR department.
I've alway considered it Mid Atlantic (though VA residents definately have a southern accent.) It can go either way, really...
I would consider VA more... Mid-Eastern...
In North Carolina....a state where NASCAR has a lot of history, I can see the Intimidator/Earnhardt theme working out. I don't really know why they did it in Virginia. In any event, this is big news for Carowinds, whose fanbase has been waiting awhile for a big new attraction. They will respond with attendance next year.
My only real problem is with them naming two coasters so close to each other geographically basically the same thing. Intimidator305 at KD is already referred to as Intimidator so now there are two Intimidator coasters in neighboring states. For clarity, we either have to call them by their proper names or specifically mention the park it's in. Also, as a Virginia resident, I consider Virginia to be a mid-Atlantic state, as do the local and regional newscasts. Although the Mason-Dixon line may be north of us, I consider North Carolina to be the start of the south. Well, when I think about it, anywhere south of Richmond, VA is when you really start to notice you're in the south. However, KD is located north of Richmond, so Intimidator305 would not be southern enough. :)
Virginia is in the South but I wouldn't classify it as the Southeast. If you're using the Mason-Dixon Line as a judge, then Maryland and Delaware are also in the Southeast. Generally, I would classify anything below Virginia as the SE and above Maryland is the Northeast. Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland along with Pennsylvania, Jersey, and New York form the the Mid-Atlantic. According to some classifications, North Carolina isn't even in the South East but instead is part of the Appalachians.
Despite having lived in Florida for a spell, I am undoubtedly a Yankee. And the Yankee POV seems to be that if your state was in the Confederacy and is east of the Mississippi, it is in the Southeast.
I will say it like this. When driving on I-95 and going southbound, after driving thru the DC area thats when it starts to become southern. So yes, VA is in the southeast.
From someone who grew up in southeastern Virginia, I would definitely consider the area to be the southeast.
Wasn't Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy (South) during the Civil War? Hmmm...
Honestly, WHO CARES? I mean Carowinds is finally getting a NEW ride. Not a "hand-me-down" or a prototype! They are getting a NEW RIDE! It is about time! I think a big part of why the ride in Carowinds is being themed to NASCAR is because of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Uptown Charlotte which will open 5/11/2010 which is around the same time Carowinds opens.....Carowinds will hopefully be able to capitalize on the NASCAR Hall of Fame opening.
I live in Virginia and even though the state fought for the South has nothing to do with it being a Southeastern state. I have grown up hearing it called a Mid Atlantic state. The College Basketball teams in Virginia are part of the Mid Atlantic Conference and not the Southeastern Conference.
Couldn't they of been at least a little creative and used another famous racers name or something? I thought it was lame enough having one coaster named after Earnhart, but two? Sounds to me more like Earnhart foundation is paying Cedar Fair to use the Earnhart name than the other way around. Both coasters do look pretty awesome though, its just sad that they spent all that money and couldn't come up with some better names. Maybe the contract will expire soon and they'll have to retheme them both :)
I'm glad they are investing into Carowinds even if I personally do not care to see a Hyper (we were just talking earlier about how Carowinds seems to have a lot for kids and for thrill-seekers but seems to be lacking things to do for people who don't fit any of those.... unless you are going for the waterpark I guess).
They are in the South. They left the union during the civil war thus South.
I really wish I had a geographic breakdown of the voting on this one.
I'm from Jersey, and I've always been taught that Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia were the Mid-Atlantic states. People I know from those regions usually claim the Mid-Atlantic as well.
I was born and raised in VA. Here are a few points:
What a rip...why do we get such a 2nd rate version when just up the road KD gets a real ride yet again!!!
It seems like the $23 million dollar new roller coaster is getting over shadowed on here by if it is or is not in the southeast. If you are not going to be satisfied with this new B & M Hyper, then I say scrap the project and give us a new log flume ride. :-) (I'm kidding)
I agree. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this be the tallest b&m in the states?
What was that little war between the states called...oh yeah the Civil War and Virginia was the Capital of the North or the South???
This question is more of a cultural question than a map question, right? I.e. is it "south" as it is definitely east.
Intimidator will be the tallest and 2nd longest coaster B&M has created in North America. Worldwide, it is only shorter than Silver Star in Germany by 9 feet, and beats Silver Star for the 2nd longest B&M coaster in the world by 1 foot.
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