American Coaster Enthusiast Event« Go Back Sunday, May 20th, 2012
This weekend, over 600 of the best and biggest coaster fans visited Cedar Point for the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Spring Conference. I wanted to extend a special "thanks" to the group for their visit! I hope everyone had a great time!
On Saturday, ACE dedicated a special plaque in memory of roller coaster designer Ron Toomer, who passed away last September. Ron Toomer designed 5 of Cedar Point's coasters - the largest collection of Toomer's work in one park. Among the 5 Toomer designs is the ground-breaking Magnum XL-200, which catapulted Cedar Point into the race to build the tallest and fastest coasters. Toomer's other designs at Cedar Point are the Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew, Gemini and Iron Dragon.
At the ceremony, Toomer's daughter, Carol Thronton, spoke and shared some stories about how her and her siblings were often "test dummies" for their father's most recent innovation. Including, how her and her younger brother sat upside down in test seats while the seats were measured and sized for what would become trains for some of the first looping roller coasters.
The new plaque is located in front of the Gemini, one of Toomer's favorite designs.
Pictured above are Carol Thornton, Ron's daughter, Betty Toomer, Ron's Wife, Dave Hahner, ACE Historian, Dave Altman, ACE President, John Hildebrant, Cedar Point Vice President and General Manager, and Lee Jewett, former Director of Planning and Design at Cedar Point.