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Corkscrew

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land's classic double looping corkscrew rollercoaster.

Theme ParkFlamingo Land
Park AreaMetropolis
TypeRollercoaster
AudienceThrillseekers
Opened1983
Closed2011
ManufacturerVekoma
ModelMK-1200 Corkscrew with Bayerncurve
Height75 ft
Length2400 ft
Inversions2
Max Speed40 mph
DesignerArrow Dynamics
Duration1¾ minutes
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Following a brief stint at Spanish City Amusement Park in Whitley Bay between 1980 and 1982, Corkscrew arrived at Flamingo Land for the 1983 season.

The ride was one of the first inverting corkscrew rollercoasters in the UK, with Alton Towers' Corkscrew having opened in 1980. It was designed by Arrow Dynamics and manufactured by Vekoma.

Corkscrew's lift hill would take riders up to a height of 75ft above Flamingo Land for some views over the Yorkshire skyline, before the train descended the first drop and navigated through the double corkscrew inversions.

The ride remained at the park until 2011 and, unlike at Alton Towers, retained its original Arrow trains. This may be one of the reasons that Flamingo Land's Corkscrew felt much smoother than Alton's, especially in the latter years.

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