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CoasterFreak2k
05-06-2001, 11:31 PM
Who do you think is the best wooden coaster designer ever?
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<BR>I personally think its
<BR>Church AND Prior
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flcoasterfan
05-06-2001, 11:38 PM
Harry Guy Traver or John A. Miller

SLFAKE
05-07-2001, 09:28 AM
Herb Schmeck / PTC

Rob Ascough
05-07-2001, 11:19 AM
I'm a huge fan of Herb Schmeck... he is responsible for the design of my all-time favorite coaster, the Knoebels Phoenix, as well as wonderful rides such as the Dorney Thunderhawk, Hershey and Great Escape Comets, and the Lake Compounce Wildcat.
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<BR>He was a master when it came to airtime, and all of his designs have a certain recklessness to them... they feel out-of-control and wild, but never to the point of being uncomfortable or punishing (well, the LC Wildcat is kinda wild in the back!)

BlackDaddy
05-07-2001, 03:05 PM
Harry Traver, without a doubt! He was totally mad. Would love a time machine to ride some of his monsters. Boy, I miss Palisades Park.
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<BR>Prior & Church, Schmeck and Miller were also geniuses in their own right. Just think..
<BR>They did all of that before computers and CAD.
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<BR>The gang at GCI are becoming masters in their own right. The Millennium Flyer cars are incredible and their racers, duelers, and twisters are becomimng legendary. May they build many, many more.

Scoz
05-07-2001, 03:12 PM
I think that Traver, Miller, Church & Prior were all very good designers and Curtis D. Summers as well.
<BR>CCI and GCI are the kings of todays woodies.

Dr. Insanity
05-07-2001, 07:30 PM
In all fairness, can we really say that Harry Traver was a great designer without having ridden his coasters? These things had a reputation for being rough enough to cause broken bones and the occasional death. It's a shame none of his coasters are with us today. CCI and GCI have done some absolutely brilliant rides in the Traver tradition, but that's using modern technology.
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<BR>Having said that, I must admit that my jaw dropped more than a few times looking at the Harry Traver: Legends of Terror book. Every coaster fan MUST read this book. That book is one of the greatest thrill rides around!

flcoasterfan
05-07-2001, 07:47 PM
We dont judge him as the best due to rides that are still in existance (Which are none to my knowledge). I'm sure there are a few peeps that will agree with me that his name is mentioned due to the fact he was visionary who pushed limits to discover what potential rides of the future could bring. At least that is why i mentioned him.<BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: flcoasterfan on 2001-05-07 19:48 ]</font>

Streamliner
05-07-2001, 08:19 PM
Prior & Church
<BR>The Giant Dippers rule!

PriorChurch
05-07-2001, 11:44 PM
Oh decisions, decisions, decisions....
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<BR>Well, in terms of appearances my vote goes to Prior & Church and the company that seems to be their modern incarnation, GCI. Lightning Racer is one of my top 2 coasters.
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<BR>In terms of riding fun, my vote goes to Herb Schmeck. Pheonix is the other of my top 2 coasters.
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<BR>Other coasters I've especially enjoyed are P&C's Belmont Giant Dipper (my only Church ridden so far); Schmeck's Comet(Hersey) and Thunderhawk; GCI's Roar(SFA); and CCI's Ghostrider.

gowithgravity
05-08-2001, 02:09 AM
John A. Miller
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<BR>Jack Rabbit in Kennywood has the best MOMENT of airtime anywhere!

Dr. Insanity
05-08-2001, 09:37 PM
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<BR>You've got that right! That's the only thrill ride where I've genuinely felt like I was going to be thrown to my death. And the ride seems so harmless up to that point! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif">

Christopher
05-08-2001, 11:17 PM
I think that Dennis McNulty from CCI is the best coaster designer of our time. He designed all the great CCI's, Rampage, Boss, Legend, etc. Too bad he left the company to pursue other interests. It will be interesting to see if CCI will continue to design rides of that caliber.

Medusa1861
05-09-2001, 03:53 PM
Custom Coasters International
<BR>The Villain is the best

joeshmoe2468
06-04-2001, 12:12 AM
Geoge Rodgurimo

Aaron
06-04-2001, 01:25 AM
How about John Allen? He built some great wooden rides, especially the Racer at Paramount Kings Island.

X Marks The Spot
06-04-2001, 02:41 PM
D.Summers and the CCI people!!!

Kid Koala
06-04-2001, 02:51 PM
I hope its CCI as I will be riding the Villian tomorrow.

dingo65
06-04-2001, 03:27 PM
I would say CCI and GCI. They are both SOOOOOOO close I can't tell...

coaster man098
06-04-2001, 03:51 PM
i perfer the modern marvels of GCI and CCI!

Kid Koala
06-14-2001, 03:11 PM
It really is CCI Villian is great.

nitro
06-14-2001, 03:44 PM
herb schmeck for the past but in the present i have to say it is a tie between CCI and GCI

dingo65
06-14-2001, 04:13 PM
My favorite old desiner is Miller or Shmeck.

arlok2
06-23-2001, 08:09 PM
old herbie shmeck

T-Wolf
06-23-2001, 08:19 PM
One ride on Cheetah at WA made me decide that CCI was at the top of my list!!!!

X Marks The Spot
06-23-2001, 08:40 PM
The CCI people are the best designers!!!
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<BR>X

beltzies64
06-23-2001, 10:49 PM
John A. Miller is the best old time designer. He built Jackrabbit, Racer, and Pippin (now the Thunderbolt) at Kennywood.
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<BR>CCI is the best today, followed closely by GCI.

DrachenFire96
06-24-2001, 02:08 AM
For old timers, I say Miller but CCI and GCI are the Gods of Woodies now.

Dale Caskey
06-25-2001, 03:03 PM
JOHN MILLER, hands down!
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<BR>DAC

Ben Keller
06-25-2001, 03:10 PM
Harry Traver.

Natelox
06-25-2001, 03:11 PM
Miller

Godard
06-27-2001, 11:27 PM
Herb Schmeck designed my favorites, but it coulda been Traver if his had survived. With all the interest in the Crystal Beach Cyclone, wonder if anyone will resurrect it as a ride-film or computer simulation or something?
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<BR>Funny that no one mentioned Arrow in this thread, even as a joke...

Kraken
06-27-2001, 11:28 PM
John Allen
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<BR>Harry Trave wasn't a good designer, just outragious.
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TopGun77
06-28-2001, 10:06 AM
I love all CCI coasters.

aglebagel
06-28-2001, 11:19 AM
CCI!

Kennywood Insider
06-28-2001, 01:37 PM
John A. Miller is the best of all time! Can you say airtime?
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<BR>He also invented many necessary parts for coasters like the upstop and chain dog among others.

Apollo's Chariot
06-28-2001, 01:57 PM
CCI or GCI

Talon22
06-29-2001, 01:50 PM
Summers + Dinn (late 80's, early 90's) built huge, fun and VIOLENT rides. I love Hercules @ Dorney. But sometimes their rides got too violent. CCI and GCI build incredible coasters, but the classic designers didn't need CAD or PC Print-outs to build great coasters. Miller, P+C, Traver and Schmeck all built great rides. Personally, I think Prior + Church were the best. The Aeroplane Coaster was one of the most crazy rides ever.

Mamba919
06-29-2001, 01:52 PM
j

APJSFR1
06-29-2001, 02:10 PM
CCI, Villain is excellent

coasterguy1
07-05-2001, 06:08 PM
Modern=CCI
<BR>Classic=Harry Traver

TycoonN64
07-07-2001, 03:32 PM
harry travor

TotallySFMM
07-07-2001, 04:19 PM
the beast

Raging Rider
07-07-2001, 04:21 PM
John Miller, definately.

Montu
07-07-2001, 04:24 PM
Gwazi - The 2 interlocking coasters make for an great ride!

steelforce34
07-07-2001, 04:35 PM
CCI no contest!!!

Nosk8er
07-07-2001, 05:08 PM
yeah cci and gci are fantastic, they just make amazing woodies every time....

Raleighpensfan
07-07-2001, 05:58 PM
John A Miller...Somebody said that he did it before CAD and other programs. Imagine what he could do now! Wow! He has two coasters at Kennywood which are classics. Racer is the only remaining single track racing coaster--amazing. Jackrabbit with the deep double dip. Pippin...which when they rebuilt it (not with Miller) kept many of his features...

WideAwake
07-07-2001, 06:01 PM
I agree. I think Church and Prior were the best.