Knott’s Berry Farm’s Iconic Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop
PLAINVIEW, TEXAS (September 9, 2022) – Iconic ride designer and manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf’s legacy is being preserved at the National Roller Coaster Museum thanks to the latest donation from Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair Parks—classic artifacts from Montezooma’s Revenge.
“This is an historic addition to the museum’s permanent collection that showcases the classic Schwarzkopf shuttle loop,” Richard Munch, NRCMA Historian said. “Knott’s Berry Farm has magnanimously provided us with two ride vehicles, the iconic sign and the top of the ride’s loop. It is an amazing donation.”
The Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop coaster opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1978. Knott’s Berry Farm described the ride experience as one where passengers catapulted out of the station at 55 miles per hour, up through a 76-foot, 360° loop, and then to the top of a 148-foot tower. After a moment of weightlessness, the train zoomed down the tower, backward, passing through the loop, back through the station and up a second 112-foot tower, before coming back down the tower and into the station. The propulsion system is based on an aircraft carrier’s cable launch system and gives the rider the thrill of traveling zero to 55 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds.
The NRCMA continues to expand its collection of artifacts and archiving facilities in Plainview, Texas, but the museum needs support from the industry and from fans of amusement parks everywhere for these efforts to continue. Donations can be made online at rollercoastermuseum.org or by mailing the NRCMA at P.O. Box 5424, Arlington, Texas 76005.
The NRCMA is an unaffiliated, 501 C3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts and memorabilia to document and archive the history of the amusement park industry in a dynamic environment while providing the most complete repository of information and documents regarding the amusements industry. To donate to the NRCMA to aid in the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts, mail to: NRCMA, attention, HUNTER NOVOTNY, NRCMA Treasurer, PO BOX 5424, ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76005-5424