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Racer, The
Website: Kennywood Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.7500
TPC Overall Rank: #227 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 53
Last Review: 7/29/2008 12:04:00 AM
In User Top 10: 17 times.
User Tracker Count: 219 times.

The Racer

The Racer
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2 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Park on 7/29/2008 12:04:00 AM
Too slow, too small, too old

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Rockies on 5/11/2008 9:55:00 AM
Very unique coaster, but I came off with a sour taste in my mouth. The racing aspect was cool and that was my main enjoyment in this ride because the hills were small and very tame. There was also only a little air to be found.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/21/2007 1:31:00 PM
Im glad this classic is still around, but I was hugely disappointed by it. The entrance and giant sign looked great and I loved the racing element, but the ride itself was very dull. The hills were very small and the ride was slow throughout and therefore only two hills gave air time, and that was in the front.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterf42 on 10/22/2007 8:33:00 AM
I thought the Racer was fun, but not necessarily very good! I am very happy that this ride has survived as long as it has, and is in really great condition after all these years. I will say it again; this old Kennywood ride was smooth as silk, even from the backseat. I thought the ride had a good layout, mixed with unbanked turns and many drops, with some of these turns happening right before a drop. I didnt get any real airtime on any of the drops, but the ride was still pretty fun, with lots of hand slapping moments and plenty of competition to see who would win the race. This is a pretty big deal for me, considering I really didnt like the racing aspect of Rebel Yell and Lightening Racer. I think the proximity to the other side of the track is what does it on Racer. The best part was the drop after the last turn-around. It is really RIGHT after the turnaround and caught me off guard. If this coaster had better airtime, it would be great, but I just cant give a good rating to a wooden with no real airtime. Also, it was the only wooden at Kennywood with seat dividers

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up tauren_man on 5/26/2007 10:01:00 PM
As told by Woody Allen in "Annie Hall", theres an old joke: 2 women are in a cafeteria, and one says "This food is terrible!" and the other says "Yeah, I know! And in such small portions, too!" You may or may not feel the same way about The Racer. Just about all of the hills seem about the same (though they obviously are not), which all are a bit bigger than the "bunny-hop" section of the log jammer. On top of that, once you get up the lift hill, the ride seems to last less than a minute. However, it is still boasts wondeful layout, rivaling Grand National (which is, unfortunately, superior) in being a morbeous racing coaster. The racing, which once seemed predictible, has unexpected outcomes on occasion, making it a great way to bring out some competition for all ages. In addition, the paint job and retro-station are quite charming. Though it is by far the least intense of all coasters in Kennywood (other than kiddie phantom), it is still a great starter for kids and a nice way to wind down after something crazy like Phantom or some wacky thrill ride. If you go to Kennywood, THEN YOU MUST RIDE THIS!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thare on 5/23/2007 6:49:00 PM
Awesome classic dueling coaster. This is a must do. This ride is full of history and thrills. Great for anyone of all ages.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up metssuck on 5/20/2007 8:09:00 PM
This ride is decent. Not to thrilling but its ancient and its the only moebius coaster in the united states.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Got_it on 11/2/2006 12:20:00 AM
Umm just do you all know I doubt you could go back to 1927 and build a racing coaster that is advanced as the Gemini or Lighting Racer.

Anyway Its a great a little coster with little spots of air time. Plus because there is always two trains running the line moves fast. I think the face that it is a Mobeus coaster adds a lot to the ride, and why it is one of my favorites.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 9/5/2006 4:58:00 PM
My first moebius, and one of only 3 operating meobius in the world, this was the smoothest wooden coaster at Kennywood in my experience. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side of the train for much hand-slapping to take place, and no one on the other train seemed to be attempting to hand-slap anyway (as opposed to Gemini at CP, where I narrowly missed hand-slapping opportunity with a fellow rider on the other side). There arent any great big drops, but consistent with a good, fun racer, the layout is solid, zippy enough, and fun, without beating you up. This is a great first woodie or larger coaster for younger riders, as I have rarely been on a "large" coaster that was so gentle. A few more forces might have been good, but I enjoyed the break from all the intensity the other coasters in the park provide. I would take the Thunderbolt or Jack Rabbit over it, but there arent that many coasters in the park, so one shouldnt have trouble getting at least one circuit on this one along with the others.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 8/14/2006 12:29:00 AM
On the ride I took, the racing element didnt work very well. The other train was half a length ahead of us up the lift hill, so it was obvious that we had no chance of winning the race at the beginning of the ride. The station is nice and has a classic feel to it. The ride itself is decent but nothing spectacular.

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