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Visit RCReride for more photos, content and extras. RC Reride issue 129 features coverage of the ACE Central Europe trip, Hong Kong Disneyland, Out of the Way Places part 2 and the continuation of Trek for the Tough Credit.
 
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Event News & Reminders
ACE Day at Canobie Lake Park : Online registration is available. Event starts 9/20/2014.
2014 ACE Fall Conference : Online registration is available. Event starts 9/26/2014.
ACE Day at Darien Lake : Registration deadline is 9/2/2014. Event starts 9/14/2014.
Lone Star Coasterthon : Registration deadline is 9/5/2014. Event starts 9/13/2014.
ACE Day at Canobie Lake Park : Registration deadline is 9/10/2014. Event starts 9/20/2014.
2014 ACE Fall Conference : Registration deadline is 9/11/2014. Event starts 9/26/2014.
Halloween Haunt : Registration deadline is 9/24/2014. Event starts 10/5/2014.
Phoenix Phall Phunfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/4/2014.
Smoky Mountain Coasterfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/22/2014.
Summer Under Cover Con : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/1/2014.
Coastin' Through the Snow : New event added since last visit. Event starts 12/6/2014.
Celebrate America : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/12/2014.
Fall Thrillfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/11/2014.
Coster Con XXXVIII : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/21/2015.
Coaster Madness : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/5/2014.
Luna Park Fest V : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/28/2015.
Rollercoasters, Eh!?! : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/13/2014.
Scarolina Coaster Classic : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/20/2014.
2014 ACE Fall Conference : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/26/2014.
Daredevil Daze : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/13/2014.
Dinner with a Ghoul : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/11/2014.
ACE UK! 2015 : New event added since last visit.
Fright Bash : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/11/2014.
No Coasters, eh?!? : New event added since last visit. Event starts 1/10/2015.
Winter Warm Up : New event added since last visit. Event starts 1/17/2015.
ACE Day at Canobie Lake Park : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/20/2014.
Riding of the Bull (Seis) : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/6/2014.
ACE Day at Darien Lake : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/14/2014.
Lone Star Coasterthon : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/13/2014.
ACE Phantom Fright Night : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/18/2014.
ACE Hallowboo! : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/19/2014.
Rip Roarin' Rampage Returns : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/25/2014.
Coaster Christmas : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/8/2014.
Seaside Hangover Part 3 : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 9/7/2014.
Halloween Haunt : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 10/5/2014.
A Christmas Story(Bookland) : New event added since last visit. Event starts 12/6/2014.
ACE Gets Wet : New event added since last visit. Event starts 1/31/2015.
Holiday Havoc : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/11/2014.
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Welcome!

Welcome to the official site of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), the world's largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts. ACE was founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit, all volunteer club to foster and promote the conservation, appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the art of the classic wooden roller coaster and the contemporary steel coaster.

Our club has grown from a handful of members to over 5,000 members representing all 50 states, DC, and 12 countries. We publish a bimonthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine for our members. We also sponsor several events at parks each year. If you love the thrill of the twists, turns, drops, and loops of a roller coaster, this club (and this site) is for you!

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ACE Election Results    This article contains photos!

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Featured Coaster
Zippin Pippin at Beach Bay Amusement Park

Zippin Pippin
Beach Bay Amusement Park
 
by Rick Barber

One of the coasters that the legendary John Miller designed is Pippin. In 1923 it opened at Midsouth Fair Grounds in Memphis, Tennessee utilizing structure and equipment from Giant Coaster Dips in East End Park, also located in Memphis. After high winds damaged the coaster in 1928, changes to Pippin increased its length of 2,865 feet and its height to 70 feet.

In 1976 Pippin was renamed to Zippin Pippin when it reopened as part of the new Libertyland theme park. The park eventually closed its gates in 2005 bringing Zippin Pippin to a quiet standstill.

In March of 2010 Zippin Pippin was purchased by the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the owners of Bay Beach Amusement Park. The newly rebuilt Zippin Pippin opened to the public on May 21, 2011. During the first operating season it thrilled over 460,000 riders.

Thankfully this classic roller coaster has not met the fate of so many other coasters and is now preserved for future generations to enjoy. ACE will be celebrating the successful reopening of Zippin Pippin during the 2012 Preservation Conference.

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