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Racer

Kennywood

Red vs blue in the classic race...

Theme ParkKennywood
TypeWooden Rollercoaster
AudienceOlder Families and Thrillseekeers
Opened1927
Height73 ft
Length4500 ft
Inversions0
Max Speed40 mph
DesignerJohn A Miller
Duration1½ minutes
Red and blue trains cross the finishing line

Red and blue trains cross the finishing line

Kennywood's Racer is a classic racing wooden rollercoaster, designed for the park by the renowned John A Miller.

Racer opened in 1927 and features two trains which race each other around the track. Rather than two separate tracks as used on most racing coasters, Racer features one single track in a möbius loop layout with each train returning to the station on the other side from where it began.

The original specification for Racer was that it should be a "snappy ride that wasn't too much for mothers and children to ride". With its airtime hills and frequent dueling between the two trains, Racer definitely meets these requirements. It does suffer from a lack of forces in a few places, but this is more than made up for by the fun of racing the other train around the track in the hope of crossing the finishing line first with a truimphal win.

Racer sits perfectly amongst Kennywood's collection of classic woodies. With the extra racing dimension, it is a much loved and throughly enjoyable ride.

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