Thunder Road, one of the classic Carowind’s roller coasters, is gearing up for its final ride.
After 39 years and nearly 40 million scream-filled rides, the wooden racer will carry its last guests July 26. The ride is being retired to make room for future growth, park officials said. The expansion is part of a more than $50 million multi-year investment plan that included the new Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, which opened this season.
The classic ride was named after the 1958 movie, “Thunder Road,” which featured Robert Mitchum.
The roller coaster has twin, parallel racing trains that reach speeds of up to 45 mph. The coaster races in and out of North and South Carolina.
Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration.
Thunder Road Fun Facts
▪ Thunder Road was built using 539,000 feet of treated wood at a cost of $1.6 million.
▪ Thunder Road is modeled after the Racer, another classic wooden racing coaster, at sister park Kings Island in Ohio.
▪ Thunder Road was originally covered in 5,500 gallons of red, white and blue paint.
▪ From 1995 to 2008, one of the trains faced backward to give riders an even greater thrill.