The Racer does test run as Kings Island prepares for opening - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Kings island's "Racer" preps for opening day


A train plummets down the first drop of the Racer roller coaster during a test run on Saturday as Kings Island continues to prepare for Opening Day.

The Racer is credited for re-igniting the roller coaster building boom in the early 1970's, thus beginning the second golden age of the roller coaster. 

More than 97 million guests have taken a ride on the Racer since it opened April 29, 1972 – the most in park history.  Its record year was 1976, when a park record 3,681,338 rides were given. 

In addition to being considered an important part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970's, the Racer was the site of several world-record riding attempts and is notable for its appearance in the "Cincinnati Kids" episode of The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in 1973.  

Kings Island opens to its doors on April 27.

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