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Theme Park Enthusiasts Try Out Awesome 180ft Back Yard Roller Coaster

Theme Park Enthusiasts Try Out Awesome 180ft Back Yard Roller Coaster

A group of mates who love visiting theme parks, tried out a backyard roller coaster and it looks bloody awesome.

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Chad Miller, 24, and his pals Paul Polelle, 25, Alec Reynolds, 21 and Lucas Fields call themselves the Ohio Valley Coasters Team, and spend their free time travelling from state to state trying out different theme parks.

Despite previously spending time at multi-million-dollar attractions, they recently paid a visit to the garden of John Ivers, who has an incredible home-made roller coaster right in his garden. Amazing.

In footage shot by the coaster fanatics, the fearless fellas can be seen strapping into the Blue Flash roller coaster, which re-purposes car seats for the ride, in John's garden in Bruceville, Indiana.

The Ohio Valley Coasters Team visited John Ivers backyard roller coaster. Credit: Caters/StoryTrenders
The Ohio Valley Coasters Team visited John Ivers backyard roller coaster. Credit: Caters/StoryTrenders

They're then slowly hauled up the ride, with the help of some push-power from Ivers.

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During the clip, one man can be heard saying: "He's going to die...Dude, it's been nice knowing you!"

The man then takes in the short track, which includes a loop-the-loop, before coming to a safe ending.

According to atlasobscura, Ivers initially set about making his roller coaster all the way back in 2001, for his five grandchildren to enjoy. What an amazing granddad.

Despite having no formal engineering training - sounds dodgy but ok - Ivers created the cool ride, including its full loop, through a bit of 'trial and error' and has managed to add to and maintain it over the years.

The Blue Flash measures 180ft length, its highest point is 20ft and its maximum speed is 25mph, which is pretty impressive when you consider the fact that it was just made by some fella in his own home.

He also went on to create the Blue Too, which is suitable for younger thrill-seekers.


John Ivers started making the ride back in 2001 for his six grandkids. Credit:Caters/StoryTrenders
John Ivers started making the ride back in 2001 for his six grandkids. Credit:Caters/StoryTrenders

His teeny DIY theme park has become a hit with tourists, who travel out to Iver's house to see the Blue Flash and give it a whirl.

Ivers allows tourists to visit on weekends between June and September - but you need to make an appointment.

Oh and in case you were wondering, the roller coaster, which takes under 30 seconds to complete, has an exemplary safety record.

Chad said: "We felt very safe while riding John's coasters. He maintains them well and always accepts donations!"

I still haven't potted those plants from 2017.

Featured Image Credit: Caters/StoryTrender

Topics: Interesting, US

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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