One of the great things about living in or near the city of Pittsburgh is the famed, historic amusement park, Kennywood. The park first opened in 1898 as a 'trolley park', but has since expanded into an exciting garden of an amusement park with many rides that cannot be found anywhere else in the country, including this one here, dubbed the "Racer". This wooden roller coaster is one of the oldest of its kind still functioning in the world, having been constructed in 1927. It was designed as a coaster featuring two dueling roller coaster cars. It appeared as though the green and blue cars raced one another at around 40 mph to the finish line, when in reality these two cars both ran on a single moebius loop track. Because the two cars were timed slightly different, it appeared as though they were racing one another to the finish line. The ride has been iconic to Pittsburghers, since generation after generation recall when they were children, and they took their first trip on the Racer, themselves. However, one trip was enough for me. I've got to confess, I'm not a roller coaster guy; they make me queasy! Even I can appreciate the artistry that goes into these rides though, how well-crafted they are, how they're able to stand the test of time, and how nothing else quite beats the rickety, borderline out-of-control feeling you can ONLY get on one of these old wooden beauties. Bah, now I'm hungry for a corn dog and some Potato Patch fries. If you're a Pittsburgher, you'll know exactly what I mean!
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