Great America strikes gold
Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California, US, is busy constructing the 150-million nail, 1.5-million bolt, 700,000-board feet Gold Striker roller coaster.â€¨â€¨
Pegged for a May 1 opening, Gold Striker will be the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California.
The coaster rises to a peak of 108ft before it snaps through serpentine switchbacks at a top speed of 53.7mph.â€¨
The fastest wooden roller coaster in the world is El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. At 70mph, it also has the longest drop at 176ft.