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Classic Kings Island roller coaster turns 45

(Courtesy of Kings Island) (Courtesy of Kings Island)

Kings Island’s Racer roller coaster turns 45 Saturday.

The Racer has been the focal point of the Coney Mall sector of Kings Island since it opened April 29, 1972.

More than 103 million guests have taken a ride on the Racer since it opened — the most in park history. Its record year was 1976, when a park record 3,681,338 rides were given.

Racer fun facts:

  • The ride made an appearance in the “Cincinnati Kids” episode of The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in 1973.
  • On May 28, 1982, one side of the Racer became the world’s first full-length, backwards traveling roller coaster (both sides now face forward).
  • There’s more than 600,000 board feet of lumber in the ride.

In addition to the Racer, the Eiffel Tower, Woodstock Express roller coaster and Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad also turn 45 on Saturday.

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