Knoebels officially broke ground today on their first major steel roller coaster in ten years since Whirlwind: Impulse. Site follower and friend, Pat Kemper was at the ceremony and sent me these photos from the press conference and groundbreaking that followed.
Knoebels also posted a 14 minute video of the complete ceremony as well. Their current timetable on Impulse’s construction.
October to Late January: Foundation and footer pouring and drilling.
Mid-December to Mid-January: Supports and track start to arrive.
Late January to April: Vertical construction of the actual ride.
Possible opening by opening day 2015.
Link to Knoebels’ video of the ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QqOsWIKtcHg
Today Knoebels broke ground on their next big coaster called Impulse.
In the words of Monty Python: “Consult the book of Armaments!”.
Like the other coasters that were built at the park, there was a contractor list for the ride.
Dick Knoebel was present and mentioned that Impulse will be the biggest undertaking for the park since Phoenix was built.
Buddy Knoebel brought up an interesting statistic in that only 2% of family businesses make it to the 4th generation of the family.
Rick Knoebel, part of the 4th generation of the family, said that he did a lot of traveling with his brother and cousin to find a ride that was a perfect fit for Knoebels.
Another 4th generation Kneobel, Trevor, gave a timeline on the construction of Impulse. He said that the coaster could be open as early as opening day 2015 in April.
Group photo before the shoveling.
…and construction has begun!
With two world-class wooden coasters, a great indoor coaster, the top new ride for 2014, and now a new thrilling steel coaster, Knoebels looks like it will have an even better coaster line-up for 2015.
Looks like they want to get a head start before the big digging starts. lol
Phall Phunfest is on Saturday, which is sure to be awesome! Thanks again to Pat Kemper for taking the photos!
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