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A GREAT Day in Santa Clara at California's Great America

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Wednesday, August 12, 2015


A GREAT Day in Santa Clara at California's Great America - August 8, 2015


As so many of our days have begun on this journey to tell the story of Arrow – we arrived to California’s Great America early, before it opened to the public. Up first, was first person point-of-view filming on The Demon- an Arrow multi-looper that originally opened as a custom corkscrew called Turn of the Century back in 1976.


(Photo: Robert Ingle)

The ride benefits from foliage that has grown around it, in addition to the devilish theme. We also were able to get some pretty unique aerial footage as well, thanks to fellow ACE members Andrew Hansis and Barbara Lawson.


(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Moving on, we tackled the ride next to The Demon, the antique car ride known as Barney Oldfield Speedway. Also an Arrow staple at many parks, “Barney O” as its affectionately known has been modified down from three lanes to one lane in recent years – but still provides a fun experience for young kids and the young at heart.

Up next, is one of the more unique Arrow installations - Psycho Mouse. While only three of these mice were ever built, they’re actually quite fun and can be very intense depending on how much braking is applied in the blocks.

“If the world was ending  – get on an Arrow Mouse”


(Photo: Kimberly Mix)

It turns out – they were also over-engineered and overbuilt for what they did, which made them very expensive to purchase. We can’t wait to show off the unique aerial footage we got of this entertaining family coaster!

 Finally, we turned to Logger’s Run, one of the few Arrow flumes with a double dip drop. It turned out to be one of the more difficult rides to mount our camera to, and we quite literally finished filming just as the national anthem was being played to open the park to the public.


(Photo: Robert Ingle)

All in all – another successful day of shooting for the “Legacy” project! Special thanks to the park for helping us out with the filming – looking forward to showing off all the incredible footage to everyone soon, when the “Legacy of Arrow Development” debuts later this year.

- Kris Rowberry


L to R: Robert Ingle, Kris Rowberry, Mayor of Santa Clara Jamie Matthews, Julie Matthews, Andrew Hansis (back), Nicholas Laschkewitsch (front), Barbara Lawson, and Kimberly Mix. (Photo: California's Great America)

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!


Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  ArrowVision  Barney Oldfield Speedway  California's Great America  Ed Morgan  Great America  Karl Bacon  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  Logger's Run  Mad Mouse  Mountain View  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Psycho Mouse  Robert Ingle  The Demon  Turn of the Century 

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