2013 Camden Show

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2013 Camden Show

Postby redhot » Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Camden Show is on again this weekend 15-16th.
Haven't been down to the showgrounds for a look yet but would assume it would be the usual turn up of rides from Youngs, Lauries, Chants and i think Joylands will have something there as well.
I'll probably be at the show on Friday sometime and will give the full line up then.
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Top Gunner14 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Don't think I'll make it down over the weekend as I won't be working there, I presume it's the same gear there as usual

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby redhot » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:13 pm

Went down to the show last night.
I thought the ride line up was pretty poor compared to previous years.
Rockstar
9D cinema
Dodgems x2
Midnight Express
Music Trip
Zipper
Cha Cha x2
Haunted House
Techno Jump
Breakdance
Freestyle
Gravitron
Sea Circus

Average crowd in for the night but most rides running full loads with good line ups. Especially Zipper, it was flat out loading both sides don't see that too often.
As i was leaving noticed that Midnight Express wasn't running and no one lining up don't know if they had a problem or not.
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Top Gunner14 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:42 am

Thanks for that redhot. Midnight Express? That's not a Matterhorn type ride is it?

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby redhot » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:36 am

Carny's built this country, the carnival part of it anyway..."Homer Simpson"

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Hurricane » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:37 pm

Hmmm... is it new? Might have been imported under the radar from the UK. Did it happen to be this model by any chance?

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby redhot » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:13 pm

Yeah thats the one Hurricane.
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Hurricane » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:28 am

Hmmm... seems from videos i've seen of this particular matterhorn it doesn't go backwards... I wonder if the previous owner in the UK didn't run it that way or it's not geared to run in reverse.

The previous owner of this particular matterhorn was George Brewer Jr. as far as I am aware, there were several matterhorns themed to "Midnight Express" though.
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Top Gunner14 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:21 pm

Apparently owned by Glen Blades

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby MARK GILL » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:31 pm

The ride is owned by Glen Blades and was purchased from Mark Benson from the London area and not George Brewer Jnr. I I used to do a lot of decorating work to the rides owned by the Benson family before moving to Australia. I believe that this was the last Matterhorn built by Sobema, Mark bought it from his Mums cousin Anthony Harris Snr a former President of the UK Showmens Guild.

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby pat » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:20 pm

i found this clip of midnight express
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby MARK GILL » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:37 pm

I think that video answers the "does the ride go backwards?" question.

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Monkeypie » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:48 pm

Looks quite fast too! Strange how it started backwards though.

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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby Hurricane » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:09 pm

Yeah, looks to go almost as fast as Thunderbolt... I do remember reading something about Matterhorns in the UK not being allowed to run backwards anymore for some reason... apparently they were not designed to run backwards at fast speeds. Was on a forum I was reading although I'm fairly sure that it's not true... But it does answer the question :P
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Re: 2013 Camden Show

Postby redhot » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:40 pm

My daughter rode it on Saturday night, she said it did run backwards..
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