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Testing time for the new rides on Weston's Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 15:14 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013

Testing time for the new rides on Weston's Grand Pier

Testing time for the new rides on Weston's Grand Pier

With the opening of Weston's Grand Pier only weeks away, the owners Kerry and Michelle Michael have begun testing out the rides.

With the opening of Westons Grand Pier only weeks away, the owners Kerry and Michelle Michael have begun testing out the rides.

The first two rides to be ready for testing are the Side Winder and the F1 simulators. Both of these were bought at a trade show in Florida.

The Michaels travelled the world seeking out the best rides for the new Pier. Michelle has looked at 52 Piers across the globe and Kerry 25. They even managed to get back-of-house tours at attractions in Las Vegas and Disney in Florida.

The two Formula One simulators are exactly the same machines that are used by F1 teams for driver training. They will have budding Lewis Hamiltons and Jensen Buttons vying for first place.

The Formula One simulators were manufactured in Holland and cost 355,000 each. The machines can be used individually or to race each other.

Drivers can choose which race track theyd like to drive around, including Zandvoort, and they can even choose the driving conditions like a night race or a wet track.

The simulators take two passengers each and both have a sports car and rally sprint mode.

Kerry Michael said: I defy any man not to get excited when they see the Formula One simulators in action. When I saw them I had to have them. The simulators are one of the Grand Piers major attractions which we expect will be popular among the arrive and drive tourist market, frequent visitor driving enthusiasts and particularly the corporate market which will appreciate the serious professional credentials of the equipment.

The Side Winder holds eight passengers, strapped onto a rotating disc which hangs on the bottom of a giant pendulum. The ride spins and swings passengers from the first floor of the building right out into the void of the Pavilion. The Side Winder was manufactured in Italy and cost over 300,000.

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