safe to say that Booster is Huss’ long awaited answer to the Mondial
Shake, and many – myself included – regard the Booster as one of the
finest rides from Huss, whether by design or (as we suspect) not.
Huss Booster, great to ride, but less great to own
why is this wonderful ride a folly? Well, it just wasn’t good business
sense. The 32-seater Booster takes as many lorries to move as a
48-seater Breakdance, meaning it costs more to move but makes less per
ride. The numbers just didn’t add up.
three Boosters were sold – two to German fairs, and one to the Finnish
park Linnanmäki. One of the German Boosters has recently been sold,
while the other one is up for sale and likely to be gone by the end of
hundreds of Huss rides continue to loyally serve their owners built on
the promise of German build-quality, Huss soon announced that they were
to move their manufacturing facilities from Bremen to Hungary.
showmen are notoriously patriotic, and have always favoured the likes of
Huss and Mack over alternative manufacturers even if they have to pay
over the odds.
rides are no longer German, but Hungarian, and as they’re now
Hungarian, they are no longer tantamount to superior build quality.
it seems, agree. Whether or not this is a carefully orchestrated attempt
at a boycott, or just the fact that Huss have disillusioned and
abandoned their main customer base, the only new ride of note being a
new Pirate Ship, Das Clubschiff.
dug the knife in, Huss then proceeded to turn it in the wound by
focusing all new research and development on a range of new ‘Giant’
rides specifically designed with the theme park in mind.
Tri Star, another ride popular with fairs and parks alike
move has always struck me as peculiar, because as I said earlier, one of
Huss’ strongest aspects was their effortless ability to cater for both
parks and fairs. Yes, most Breakdances were destined for the fair
circuit, and most Pirate Ships set sail for tens of parks globally, but
they were also popular on the other side of the fence, while the Top
Spin was pretty much evenly spread between parks and fairs.
smacks of cutting your nose off to spite your face to turn your back on
years of good relationships and reliable trade at the European fair to
focus all attention on the notoriously fickle faction of theme parks
around the world.
probably the closest equivalent to Huss, interestingly took another
avenue, and are focusing on more compact versions of their rides. Rides
like the Capriolo have sold over here in the UK, while their new Diablo
is a far more versatile take of their Inferno.
in 2000, Huss announced their new range of ‘Giant’ rides;
Giant Top Spin, a 68ft-tall 77-seater version of the Top Spin.
The Giant Frisbee, a 138ft-tall version of their Frisbee.
Jump2, a 75ft inverted version of their original Jump.
And Delirium, a 64-seater prototype spinning family ride
four of these giants were marketed as offering high capacity at a low
cost, while filling the void between the marketability of a roller
coaster and a flat ride. They also advertised the concept of ‘Land of
the Giants’, kind of like a super-sized version of ‘Huss Land’ at
Heide Park showcasing Huss’ flagship Giant rides. Continues...