Wilson Visits Carowinds to Say Goodbye to Thunder Road

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  Carowinds’ Thunder Road roller coaster will make its final run this Sunday.  Wilson was at Carowinds today to bid fareware to the icon while getting a little history lesson on the coaster’s construction.

Built in 1976 and named after the 1958  movie Thunder Road, the roller coaster has twin parallel racing trains that race in and out through North and South Carolina giving the rider a little Carolina racing rivalry.

Eight year old Carter and his dad Mike told Wilson how much they enjoyed their ride this morning and how important it was to them to be able to take one final ride on the coaster.

Bruce Hensley, who was one of the men who helped build the coaster in 1976, talked about what it was like building Thunder Road.  He then took Wilson on a search to find his name which he had written in the concrete of one of the wooden braces while he was working on the coaster.

The ride is being retired to make room for future park growth and more great rides.  Sunday, July 26th will be the final day that riders can enjoy Thunder Road.  For more information on Thunder Road as well as everything at Carowinds, go to their website carowinds.com

Keep up with Wilson on Twitter and with Carowinds to find out what new great rides and attractions will be taking its place.

And Rising would like to see your pics of your last ride on Thunder Road.  Send them to us at photos@wccbcharlotte.com.

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