If you asked me eight
years ago who my favourite manufacturers were, I would have answered in
and Mabillard was the fashionable answer of course, and while I am often
the first to turn my nose up at the latest trends, their rides were the
first new ones in years that really captured my imagination.
like Huss, have a reputation for high quality, dependable
same can be said for spin ride manufacturers. This time, Huss were an
indispensable asset to discerning theme parks and fair showmen. Parks
without a Huss Pirate Ship were in the minority, just as fairs without a
Breakdance were too.
one manufacturer focused on coasters, and the other on spin rides,
regardless of their obvious disparity B&M and Huss shared more than
a few tangible traits. Working from Switzerland and Germany
respectively, both manufacturers had earned a reputation for building
robust, well-built machines.
the years, the question as to who my favourite manufacturer is has
become harder and harder to answer. In the case of B&M this is a
good thing. No longer rivalled by the likes of Vekoma and Arrow at best,
other manufacturers have upped their game, while offering something that
compliments B&M’s range, as opposed to competing against it.
most obvious comparison is Intamin, of course. Ironically, Messrs B and
M split from Intamin in the late 1980s, although Intamin have enjoyed a
second coming in the late 90s as they grappled with bolshy concepts such
as the LIM/LSM-launched coaster, their new breed of mega coaster as well
as recently their hydraulically-launched Accelerator coasters.
familiar symbol on many spin rides
Intamin up the ante, B&M are still very much the crème de la month.
While Intamin offer exciting and often untried concepts to parks looking
for something instantly marketable, B&M offer a portfolio of tried
and tested designs that will provide parks with a long-term workhorse.
what about Huss?
yet more similarities to B&M, Huss’ dominance of their particular
market is a thing of the past, but unlike B&M that doesn’t mean
they share the throne with other manufacturers. While other
manufacturers like KMG and Mondial enter the battlefield, Huss seem to
be running scared.
a decade ago Huss were the cornerstone of the spin ride industry, I
can’t think of many people who would mourn their passing, at least in
their current form, for reasons other than prosperity.
course, the same could be said of Fabbri. And SBF Visa. And Technical
Park. But at the same time, none of these manufacturers have really
contributed enough to the industry for us to get emotional over.
don't have the same kind of history as Huss
understand how Huss have fallen down the spin ride bell curve, you must
first understand just what an incredible vintage they have, and just how
much they have contributed to the world of spin rides. For a
manufacturer that has brought us some of the most significant spin rides
in the last thirty years, it angers me to think that their most popular
current ride is the Topple Tower. However much fun the Topple Tower is,
rest assured there won’t be any operating in 30 years time. If there
are, expect an apology from me in Issue 377.
were founded in 1919 in the port city of Bremen in the north of Germany.
They originally manufactured parts for the shipping industry until in
1969 when they bizarrely diversified into manufacturing spin rides for
fairs and theme parks. Continues...