An Alan Herschell Looper still operating at Knobels, USA

  • Original Size 1200 x 801 pixels
  • Date Taken October 8, 2005
  • Aperture f/2.7
  • Shutter Speed 5/324 sec
  • Focal Length 6 mm
  • ISO 50
  • Camera E4800

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4 Responses to “An Alan Herschell Looper still operating at Knobels, USA”

  1. Wow, that think looks ancient but still in good nik. I noticed the cars are one seat wide, was this a variation from the 2 seat wide ones or is this the way they were first made?

    Adam - May 9th, 2009 at 7:46 am

  2. Adam-

    You’re thinking of a Rok n rol which is a modern attempt to recreate this awesome ride that was once quite common in American amusement parks. On the Looper, the rider controls how often, and fast, they flip over. 2 riders per car face each other and control the rolling over with a foot pedal. The only one I know of in the US is the one pictured here- at Knoebels Grove in PA. They maintain it very well- better than any I remember from my youth when these rides were common.

    Bill - May 9th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  3. I do know that the older versions had the pedal for the riders to choose when they wanted to roll the car. Theres a Rok N Roll that travels around Australia and it is a later model with the 4 person tubs and no pedal. That’s the one I was comparing it too.

    Thanks for the info anyway

    Adam - May 11th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

  4. chance purchased alan herschall a long time ago, so mny of the old herscall designs are markeded by chance ie the skywheel, zipper, carousel sct

    kenneth - October 26th, 2010 at 9:22 am

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