Iconic roller coaster Thunder Road demolished at Carowinds

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Thunder Road – the wooden roller coaster that stood for 39 years at Carowinds, a crowd favorite in its hey-day – was demolished Wednesday.

The classic coaster was handcrafted and opened on April 3, 1976. Among the first riders were NASCAR drivers Bobby Allison and David Pearson.
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Carowinds announced earlier this year it would tear down Thunder Road due to declining ridership and to make way for newer attractions.

The final chance to take a spin on the roller coaster was last month.

Parts of the roller coaster will be salvaged and shipped to sister amusement parks.

Carowinds plans to make an announcement about a future attraction — believed to be water-related — on Aug. 27. The media invitation for that event promises a “big splash” press conference to reveal something that park-goers are “shore” to love.

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Clear Site Industrial, LLC of Charlotte, NC is handling the demolition.