Pepsi max was the first roller coaster I had ever been on. Let’s just say it was my gateway drug to all other thrilling coasters in the world. This is the daddy that got me hooked on roller coasters since I was 10 years old. Pepsi Max, Big One is a steel roller coaster in the United Kingdom at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The ride cost a staggering twelve million pounds which is $19,669,316 US Dollars! It’s highest point reaches 213 whopping feet with the first drop measuring at 205 feet. It’s not what you can call a starter coaster for coaster virgins. Many of you might have been in the same situation as myself. Having a brother that calls you a wimp and tells you to stop being a girl, to try and get you on a ride. I proved him wrong that day, obviously I was petrified but nothing was going to stop me. You can’t say you don’t like something if you don’t try it!
The ride is one of the longest out and back roller coasters, measuring 5,497 feet which is nearly a mile in length!. The first drop has an incline angle of 65 degrees and the usual maximum speed for the ride is 74 miles per hour. The ride lasts approximately three minutes and during this time riders normally experience positive g forces of up to 3.5G and negative g forces of up to 0.5G. Obviously, as a kid you have no idea what to expect and feeling that rush was insane! There are three trains on the Pepsi Max, but only a maximum of two trains are ever used, because of the loading times involved. There are five carriages to a train and six passengers to a carriage, enabling each train to carry thirty passengers in total. So those annoying queue lines go down quickly, although it seemed like the longest day of my life waiting in the queue. My heart was beating out of my chest, blood rushing through my veins and to make matters worse, having your brother still tease you even though you have agreed to go on the ride.
The ride opened on May 28th 1994, and the Pepsi Max roller coaster was the fastest, steepest and longest roller coaster in the world. The ride lost its height record to Fujiyama in Japan, in 1996. The ride still remains the tallest roller coaster in the United Kingdom (from mean sea level), but is no longer the fastest. The fastest standing roller coaster in the UK is “Stealth” at Thorpe Park.
I’ll tell you what, there is never a day I regret getting on that roller coaster. I nearly had brown pants by the end of it but it was definitely worth it.
Current Coaster Name: Pepsi Max, Big One Current Park Name: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Blackpool, United Kingdom Status: Operating Links: http://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/ Cost: 12 Million Pounds Sterling
Type: Steel Hyper Opened: May 28th 1994 Designer: Arrow Features: 2 Tunnels Height: 214 feet Max Drop: 209 feet Max Speed: 74 mph Length: 5497 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 0 Duration: N/A Trains: 3 Capacity: 1700 per hour