Red vs blue in the classic race...
|Audience||Older Families and Thrillseekeers|
|Max Speed||40 mph|
|Designer||John A Miller|
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.
Racer's historic fascade
Dual loading station
Ready to race
A convincing win for red
Trains end up on the opposite side of the station from their starting point
Racer is a Pittsburgh Historic Landmark
Kenny Kangaroo takes a ride on Racer
Racer's lakeside frontage
Blue vs Red