Roller-coaster tour for UTC’s young designers

Owner of Flamingoland Gordon Gibb welcomes a UTC visit with students and Shafiqua Gunton and Deputy Principle John Connell. pic Richard Ponter 163309a
Owner of Flamingoland Gordon Gibb welcomes a UTC visit with students and Shafiqua Gunton and Deputy Principle John Connell. pic Richard Ponter 163309a

Aspiring engineers from Scarborough new University Technical College were invited to Flamingo Land to look at the engineering of the rollercoasters.

One of the students, who has riden 430 rollercoasters, is hoping become a funride designer.

Theme park owner Gordon Gibb showed the students the ‘extreme ride’ including the record reaking Mumbo Jumbo.

Many of the students attending the UTC in September are fascinated by the design of the rides, with aspirations to design and build a rollercoaster.

Sixth Form student Ben Bryant said: “I started to think about how all these marvels of engineering worked. This caused me to look into the manufacturers and how the track is fabricated.

“I’ve ridden 430 coasters and I hope to become a roller coaster engineer and have a part in maintaining and or designing them.”

Mr Gibb said: “Flamingo Land has had a long association with educational institutions such as Askham Bryan and the University of York, which has lead us into founding the Udzungwa Forest Research Project in Tanzania.

“The prospect of working with UTC is exciting and we look forward to assisting them with practical experience of our industry at Flamingo Land Resort for their future students”.