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August 30, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
The Full Throttle launch coaster debuting at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2013 will feature a record-setting vertical loop that riders traverse twice -- once on the inside and again on the outside. > Photos: Full Throttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain The one-of-a-kind terrain-hugging roller coaster will have three launches -- two forward and one backward out of a special effects tunnel. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2013 As planned by designers, Full Throttle riders will be launched from the station, going from zero to 70 mph through the world's tallest loop and into a series of high-banked turns.
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August 30, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
The Full Throttle launch coaster debuting at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2013 will feature a record-setting vertical loop that riders traverse twice -- once on the inside and again on the outside. > Photos: Full Throttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain The one-of-a-kind terrain-hugging roller coaster will have three launches -- two forward and one backward out of a special effects tunnel. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2013 As planned by designers, Full Throttle riders will be launched from the station, going from zero to 70 mph through the world's tallest loop and into a series of high-banked turns.
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August 22, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
MASON, Ohio -- With 14 roller coasters, Kings Island ranks just behind North America's coaster capitals: California's Six Flags Magic Mountain (17), Ontario's Canada's Wonderland (16) and Ohio's Cedar Point (15). Photos: Top 10 Kings Island roller coasters Kings Island, just outside Cincinnati, traces its history to Ohio's Coney Island park, which dates to 1867 as one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Many of Coney Island's rides -- including Scrambler, Dodgem and Monster -- were relocated to Kings Island when the 364-acre theme park opened in 1972.
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May 31, 1996 | HENRY CHU and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An employee of the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park died of massive injuries Thursday shortly after being struck by cars of the Revolution roller-coaster. HOW IT HAPPENED 1) At about 3 p.m., Cherie La Motte, 25, steps onto tracks for reasons unknown. 2) The roller coaster cars pull up to the loading area travelling at an estimated 4 mph. 3) The cars hit La Motte, throwing her into a cramped pit below the loading area.
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January 20, 1998 | IRENE GARCIA
What can you do on your feet, upside down, at 65 mph? Ride the Riddler's Revenge, the answer for thrill-seekers who wondered what Magic Mountain would do to top last summer's Superman ride. Executives of the amusement park near Valencia say that although Riddler's Revenge won't match the speed of the Superman ride--at 100 mph the world's fastest roller coaster--it will be the world's fastest roller coaster in which passengers stand up instead of sit down.
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March 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Six Flags Magic Mountain is expected to add a terrain-hugging launched roller coaster in 2013 featuring the world's tallest loop, according to an employee who wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of the amusement park. A Magic Mountain mechanic inadvertently revealed closely guarded facts about the record-setting  attraction while casually talking with a group of coaster enthusiasts during the recent West Coast Bash event at the Valencia amusement park. Details of the conversation quickly appeared on the Theme Park Review  website and rapidly spread through the online coaster community.
SPORTS
June 29, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
For years, Hot Wheels toy track sets have appeared somewhat impractical for real-life applications. All the twists, the turns, the loops. Surely, no full-size car could do what those toy cars on those tracks could. Tanner Faust and Greg Tracy will have a chance to disprove that theory Saturday. The two drivers will attempt to break a world record by driving a car through a six-story vertical loop in what is expected to be one of the big events at the X Games this weekend. The Double Loop Dare, a life-sized spinoff of Hot Wheels' Double Dare Snare set made by Mattel, features a bright orange track with two 60-foot vertical loops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993
At the outset, at least, the El Toro Air Show last weekend provided traditional thrills and good entertainment, as it has for more than four decades. Sadly, on Sunday afternoon, as has happened three times in the last eight years, a plane crashed. The daring pilot of a Korean War-era jet fighter was killed when he could not pull out of a vertical loop.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1997 | KEN WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When you first look at Windjammer, the newest roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm, your impression is likely to be "Wow. This could be pretty good!" Its twin tracks of sleek, tubular red and yellow steel are flashy and sporty; the side-by-side racing trains look inviting, speedy and fun. Unfortunately, all this promises more than the ride delivers. Which isn't to say it doesn't have its moments. A 60-foot plunge and a peppy vertical loop do raise a holler. G-forces reach 3.
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