Six Flags has officially announced that The Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure will cease operation on July 18, 2010. The venerable Arrow seven inversion coaster was the tallest and fastest multi-element thriller when it opened in 1989, beating the record set by its almost identical twin at Six Flags Great America (Illinois) by three feet. The record was short-lived however, as a third Arrow multi-looper opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain one year later, topping out at 188 feet–15 feet taller than the Jersey Scream Machine.
Six Flags will offer double rides on G.A.S.M. Sunday, July 11 and 18. Six Flags Great Adventure will also offer an Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) event on July 18 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. to invited guests. Any guest interested in the scheduled ERT should become a fan of Great Adventure's Facebook page, and ACE members can contact the ACE New Jersey Regional Rep.
The first and last rows of the final train dispatched on July 18 at 11:30 p.m. will be auctioned off on EBay. The remaining 24 seats of the last dispatched train will also be available through sixflags.com for $50 each. All proceeds will benefit the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives. Further details of the auction will be announced on Six Flags' Facebook page.