Hang on Tight! A Retrospective Look at the 2nd Generation of Amusement Rides (1950s-1980s)
de Jeremy Kennedy
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Crafted from the 35+ year collection of industry aficionado Jeremy Kennedy, comes one of the most fascinating publications to ever spotlight Amusement Ride’s second golden age. Coasters, Kiddies, Verticals, Wheels, Transports, Splashers, Flats, Virtual rides, and even Skyscrapers are all celebrated in this magnificent retrospective of press releases, theme park public relations materials, travel brochures, and ride manufacturer promotional profiles. From the popular to the peculiar, Hang on Tight! leaves no story untold. Author Jeremy Kennedy, deviates from his work in project management, to extract an engaging assembly of images by the hundreds-many of which have never been seen since they were first released to small audiences in the amusement and carnival industries. His most ambitious work to date, Hang on Tight! celebrates the wonders of amusement engineering crowned in the 1950s, through the 1980s. This 283 page publication, is filled with over 300 unique images and over 12,000 words of commentary, historical facts, and abbreviated stories of these engineering marvels that defined the the 2nd age of the beloved amusement ride industry. Artifacts from manufacturers like Arrow Development, Intamin AG, Chance, Eyerly Aircraft, SDC, and a host of others, along with park press materials from Six Flags, Cedar Point, Astroworld, Kennywood, and many other parks, some of which are no longer in business. Rides include carnival favorites (Trabant, Tilt-A-Whirl, etc), skyscraper giants (Free Fall, Space Needle, etc), roller coasters (Shock Wave, Weiner Looping, etc), and a giant collection of flats (Happy Sailor, Monster, etc). Like a great midway, Hang on Tight! has a ride for everyone.
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