Six Flags Great America’s Goliath enters the record books

Six Flags Great America's Goliath enters the record books


Golaith at Six Flags Great America opened to guest last year in 2014, but the coaster is just now getting certification from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Using a police radar gun, the park and Guinness clocked the coaster at a top speed of 71.89 mph, making it the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.

For the height and steepest drop records, the park had to provide Guinness with paperwork provided by Rocky Mountain Construction showing the height and the angle of the first drop.

The park received three certificates from Guinness, one for speed,  one for the tallest (180 feet) and steepest (85.13 degree) “roller coaster made from wood.”

“It’s going to happen — eventually, somebody will want to have the same claim that we’ve given,” park president Hank Salemi said. “But we’ve sure got it right now, and even if somebody does break the record on this thing, it’s still an awesome roller coaster. This is going to be here for years and years and years.”

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via Chicago Tribune




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