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RC Reride
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Visit RCReride for more photos, content and extras. RC Reride issue 126 features The Beauty of Phantasialand and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing.
 
2014 Coaster Calendar
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Preservation Alert
Joyland Restoration Project
Help the efforts to revive Wichita’s Joyland. Click here to learn how.

 
Preservation Alert
Zippin Pippin
Show your support for Bay Beach and Zippin' Pippin' at Bay Beach in Green Bay, Wisonsin Click here for details on how to donate.

 
Preservation Alert
Conneaut Lake Park
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Event News & Reminders
2014 ACE Spring Conference : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/16/2014.
Schlittercon XI : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/24/2014.
ACE Dives : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/7/2014.
Coaster Con XXXVII : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/15/2014.
ACE New England's - 'Countdown to Connecticut'! : Online registration is available. Event starts 8/2/2014.
ACE Midwest Hawg Wild : Online registration is available. Event starts 8/2/2014.
2014 ACE Spring Conference : Registration deadline is 5/1/2014. Event starts 5/16/2014.
Coasterfest™ hosted by Western New York Coaster Club and ACE Eastern PA : Registration deadline is 5/7/2014. Event starts 5/24/2014.
Schlittercon XI : Registration deadline is 5/12/2014. Event starts 5/24/2014.
Le Monstre Showdown - Schroeder Con 2014 : Registration deadline is 5/12/2014. Event starts 5/25/2014.
ACE Dives : Registration deadline is 5/22/2014. Event starts 6/7/2014.
Coaster Con XXXVII : Registration deadline is 5/22/2014. Event starts 6/15/2014.
ACE Midwest Hawg Wild : Registration deadline is 7/18/2014. Event starts 8/2/2014.
ACE New England's - 'Countdown to Connecticut'! : Registration deadline is 7/23/2014. Event starts 8/2/2014.
2014 ACE Fall Conference : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/26/2014.
ACE Midwest Holiday Havoc : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/11/2014.
ACE Midwest STORM : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/6/2014.
HoliWood Nights : New event added since last visit. Event starts 5/30/2014.
Phoenix Phall Phunfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/4/2014.
Riding of the Bull : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/6/2014.
Rollercoasters, Eh!?! : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/13/2014.
Smoky Mountain Coasterfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/22/2014.
Galveston Summer Con : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/26/2014.
Summer Under Cover Con : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/1/2014.
2014 ACE Spring Conference : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/16/2014.
Fiesta Fest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 5/31/2014.
KD40 Birthday Bash : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/10/2014.
CoasterMania! : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/6/2014.
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.
Lone Star Coasterthon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/13/2014.
ACE Day at Adventure Park : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/24/2014.
Northern Ohio at Cedar Point : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/16/2014.
BahnCon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/28/2014.
KennyKon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/27/2014.
Coaster Campout : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 7/18/2014.
Pre-Con Summer Splash III : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/14/2014.
Coster Con XXXVIII : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/21/2015.
Coastin' by the Ocean : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/16/2014.
Wooden Warrior Day : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/3/2014.
Coaster Con XXXVII : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/15/2014.
Coaster Madness : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/5/2014.
ACE Day at Hersheypark : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/28/2014.
ACE Dives : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/7/2014.
Pre-Con at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/14/2014.
Le Monstre Showdown - Schroeder Con 2014 : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/25/2014.
ACE Exclusive ERT : New event added since last visit. Event starts 5/24/2014.
Post-Con at Six Flags Magic Mountain : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/21/2014.
ACE Midwest Hawg Wild : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 8/2/2014.
ACE Day at Keansburg Amusement Park : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/10/2014.
ACE Day at Silverwood : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/23/2014.
Knoebels Opening Day hosted by Western New York Coaster Club and ACE Eastern PA : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 4/26/2014.
Schlittercon XI : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/24/2014.
Allegheny Mountain Madness : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/26/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Coasting for Kids : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/8/2014.
Seaside Screams : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/31/2014.
Blast from the Past Festival : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/19/2014.
Thrills in the Hills : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/23/2014.
Luna Park Fest IV : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/3/2014.
Luna Park Fest V : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/28/2015.
Coasterfest™ hosted by Western New York Coaster Club and ACE Eastern PA : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/24/2014.
ACE New England's - 'Countdown to Connecticut'! : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 8/2/2014.
ACE Day at The Great Escape : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/26/2014.
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MERCHANDISE NEWS
New Merchandise Now Available At ACE webstore!!! [details]
Request For ACE Merchandise Designs! [details]
ACE's Online General Store is always open!
Refer to the merchandise flier if you prefer to order the merchandise via mail-order or to pay for the merchandise via check or money order.
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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 nearly 7,000 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 News (March/April) Color Version Now Online    This article contains photos!

Download it from the new my.aceonline.org website. Posted 3/26/2014

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Tracking of Arnolds Park Legend Nearly Complete    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/26/2014

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FireChaser Express Preview at Dollywood    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/21/2014

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ACE News (Jan/Feb) Color Version Now Online    This article contains photos!

Download it from the new my.aceonline.org website.

Posted 3/5/2014

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2014 ACE Spring Conference Logo Released!    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/5/2014

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FireChaser Express Set to Blast Off at Dollywood    This article contains photos!

Posted 2/28/2014

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Register now for Coaster Con    This article contains photos!

Join the fun as Coaster Con roars through four Northern California Parks. Posted 2/25/2014

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Coaster Con XXXVII Photo and Video Contest Rules Available    This article contains photos!

Posted 2/24/2014

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Roar-O-Saurus Takes Shape    This article contains photos!

Posted 2/22/2014

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Updated Artwork for Goliath    This article contains photos!

Posted 2/21/2014


Coasting for Kids
ACE News
Help ACE support Give Kids the World by joining or pledging donations for ACE's team, ACE for Kids, for the annual Coasting for Kids fundraiser event to be held at all Cedar Fair parks.   Details

 

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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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