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Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

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Big Dipper
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Status Operating since May 5, 1923
Cost £25,000
Height restriction 46 inches (117 cm)
Statistics
Builder William Strickler
Designer / calculations John C. Allen
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height60 feet
Length3,300 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop46 degrees°
Duration2:30
G-force3.7G
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Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, in Blackpool, England.[1] The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops.[2]

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In 1994, teacher Richard Rodriguez rode the Big Dipper for 529 hours. He later exceeded his own record, starting from June 18, 1998 he spent over 700 hours riding the Big Dipper while raising money for diabetes research as Rodriguez is a diabetic himself.[3]

To raise money for Give Kids The World, Rodriguez beat his own record, spending 2,000 hours riding the Big Dipper in 2000. During these record attempts Rodriguez was allowed only five minutes break for every hour riding the roller coaster and thus he ate and slept while riding.[4]

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