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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)

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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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Filming Arrow History at Silverwood in Idaho

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, July 9, 2015


Filming Arrow History at Silverwood in Idaho - June 30th, 2015

After the incredible hospitality that was shown to us at Lagoon Park in Utah (and for that matter, at every park we visited in the past three weeks) we figured that would be it.

Boy, were we wrong.

First off, what a surprise we were in for upon entering Silverwood. This park is stunningly beautiful, clean and oozes quality (If quality can ooze).

The reason we were here – ironically at the end of our journey – was for the start of Arrow’s foray into inversions, with the venerable and famous Corkscrew.

After meeting our contact Mark at the park, we made it inside and began setting up for POV and b-roll footage of the ride.

How refreshing to find a park that not only knows the history behind their rides, but embraces that history. To think, this ride once stood in Mountain View, CA, only to be purchased by the Knott family, and now lives it’s life out here in Idaho.

Only in America.

There’s no mincing words – the ride is old. It FEELS old. It rattles more than other corkscrews (it was the first after all) but the park it lives in now is committed to keeping the ride around for many years to come (as you’ll find out in the documentary).

We also learned that on this trip, when people invite you to do things in parks, you never say no. In this case, the park gave us the opportunity to walk the log flume lift hill and get this shot.

Why is it significant? Because we also have this shot of the ride when it was in Mountain View.

Yeah. Mind blown.

What a perfect way to end the biggest chunk of filming for our documentary. It truly has gone FULL CIRCLE. Or maybe tubular steel, to be more appropriate…


(Photo: Robert Ingle)


(Photo: Robert Ingle)

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

- Kris Rowberry

 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  Corkscrew  Corksrew silverwood  Knott's Berry Farm  Kris Rowberry  legacy of arrow  Mountain View  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster documentary  Silverwood  Silverwood Theme Park  tubular steel 

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