|Founder||Hendrik op het Veld|
Vekoma Rides Manufacturing is a Dutch amusement ride manufacturer. Vekoma is portmanteau of Veld Koning Machinefabriek (Veld Koning Machine Factory) which was established in 1926 by Hendrik op het Veld.
The company originally manufactured farm equipment and later made steel constructions for the coal mining industry in the 1950s. As business shifted from farming equipment to steel construction, Veld Koning Machinefabriek was shortened to Vekoma. After the closure of Dutch mines in 1965, Vekoma manufactured steel pipes for the petrochemical industry. In the 1970s Vekoma was contracted by U.S. amusement ride manufacturer Arrow Development to build the steel structure for its roller coasters in Europe. As demand increased, Arrow instructed Vekoma in track building techniques and eventually licensed its coaster-building technology. In 1979 Vekoma enter the market on its own, opening three coasters in Europe under the name Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV.
In 2006, Vekoma formed an alliance with U.S.-based manufacturer Chance Morgan. Chance Rides represented Vekoma in North America and Chance Morgan manufactured the steel track for select projects. During this agreement, Chance built four Vekoma-designed family coasters.
In 2008, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing acquired the Wheels of Excellence range of Ferris wheels from Ronald Bussink. Under the agreement, Bussink will continue to supply wheels 100 meters and taller. Smaller wheels in the 40- to 80-meter range will be manufactured by a new division of Vekoma, Dutch Wheels BV.
On October 17, 2012, Chance Rides and Vekoma discontinued the agreement to produce rides together for the North American market. However, shortly after terminating that agreement, Chance Rides was given an exclusive license from Dutch Wheels BV to manufacture and sell R60 wheels in the North American market under a new affiliate, Chance American Wheels.
On March 30, 2018, Vekoma was acquired by Sansei Technologies, the parent company of American ride manufacturer S&S Sansei. The conditions stipulated that Vekoma's business model remain unchanged after the acquisition. Vekoma continues to manufacture and market rides as a separate entity.
|Bermuda Blitz||2017||A sit down multi-inversion roller coaster with new generation trains and restraints. An off the shelf layout is available replicating Lech Coaster, whilst custom layouts are also available. Only one installation of this model exists, It is in Legendia in Poland. |
|Big Air||2010||Formerly known as a hammerhead stall due to the spinning function it previously possessed. There is only one installation of this roller coaster, It is in E-DA Theme park in Taiwan. |
|Boomerang||1984||Shuttle roller coaster with three inversions, height of 117 feet (35.66 m), and speed of 47 mph (76 km/h).|
|Corkscrew with Bayerncurve (discontinued)||1979||An adaptation of the standard Arrow Development corkscrew roller coaster.|
|Dive Pretzel Coaster||2014||A roller coaster with a 90 degree climb and several pretzel loop elements.|
|Double Loop-Corkscrew||1981||A modified version of the MK-1200, it consisted of four inversions (two vertical loopings and two corkscres and a standard track.|
|Flying Dutchman||2000||First large-scale flying roller coaster built. There are two of these coasters.|
|Giant Inverted Boomerang||2001||Like Invertigo but with vertical lift hills and slightly different layout.|
|Hurricane||1989||Has a vertical loop and a double corkscrew. There were only ever 2 installations.|
|Invertigo||1996||An inverted model of the Boomerang.|
|Motorbike roller coaster||2004||Vekoma-launched roller coaster with trains like motorbikes.|
|LSM Launch Coaster||1999||Roller coaster with three inversions. Launched around 55 mph (89 km/h) using LSM technology.|
|Space Warp Launch Coaster||2016||A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains in a layout with multiple inversions. Only one installation of this model exists.|
|Splash Party||2013||An inverted slower-paced roller coaster that is designed with several water gun and water bomb placements. Only one installation of this model exists.|
|Stingray||2009||A compact flying roller coaster designed as the successor to the Flying Dutchman. Only one example has been installed.|
|Suspended Family Coaster||2001||Similar to the SLC but no inversions and more appropriate for families.|
|Suspended Looping Coaster (discontinued)||1994||Inverted coaster with several different models.|
|Loop-Corkscrew||1986||A modified version of the MK-1200, it consisted of two inversions (a vertical looping and a corkscrew) and a standard track. Three installations exist in the world and are all still operating.|
|Mine train Coaster||1992||A roller coaster with a Western, mountain or mine themed style. 785 m (2,575 ft) and MK-900 M models.|
|Junior Coaster||1990||Roller coaster aimed at children. 207 and 335 m (679 and 1,099 ft) models.|
|Shockwave Coaster||2019||A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains with multiple inversions and features sometimes tunnels. 1095m and 1320m models.|
|Top Gun Launch Coaster||2020||A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains but with a different layout and multiple inversions.|
|Suspended Thrill Coaster||2020||A suspended coaster based on the suspended family coaster but with inversions, the replacement for SLC. Debuted with Hals Über Kopf at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill.|
|Wooden roller coaster||2000||Classic wooden coaster produced by Vekoma. There are two examples: the Thundercoaster at TusenFryd, and Weerwolf at Walibi Belgium. The removed one was at Walibi Holland and was called Robin Hood.|
Vekoma is also the constructor of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT in Walt Disney World, designing innovative new cars that can turn and spin as it proceeds on the track. This will be one of the longest and most ambitious indoor coasters ever constructed.
The Dutch Wheels product range includes the R40, R50, and R60 models, each available in three different types.
|Ferris wheel name||Location||Opened||Status||Reference|
|Giant Wheel||Six Flags Darien Lake, US||
|Giant Wheel||Morey's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, US||
|Navy Pier Ferris Wheel||Pier Park, Navy Pier, Chicago, US||
|Delhi Eye (R50)||Kalindi Kunj Park, Okhla, Delhi, India||
|Hong Kong Observation Wheel||Central, Hong Kong||
|Branson Ferris Wheel (former Navy Pier Wheel)||Branson, Missouri||
|Grande roue de Montréal||Montreal, Canada||
A madhouse is a flat ride that gives the impression that the rider is upside-down, when in reality the room they are in rotates around them.
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Suspended Looping Coaster, a popular Vekoma design
Boomerang, another of Vekoma's most popular ride models
Invertigo, a variation on the Boomerang design
Giant Inverted Boomerang, a more extreme version of Invertigo
Vekoma Roller Skater, a small family coaster design
Motorbike roller coaster, a specially designed coaster with seats that are like motorbikes
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- Dutch Wheels - our product range
- Ride experts call 11-year-old Pleasantville girl's fatal fall from Wildwood's Morey's Pier Ferris wheel a freak occurrence
- Navy Pier's new attractions deemed 'critical' to luring variety of patrons.
- Historic Navy Pier Attractions - Pier Park
- 10 millionth rider goes for spin on Navy Pier ferris wheel
- Delhi Eye thrown open to the public
- Giant wheel a monumental treat
- Partners - The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
- Mayes, Jeff (June 24, 2016). "Historic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel moving to resort town of Branson, Missouri". Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
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