Carowinds to retire classic roller coaster; park to offer final rides through July 26

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“Thunder Road” at Carowinds (Image: WSOC)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A classic Carowinds roller coaster is gearing up for its final ride.

Park officials said the wooden roller coaster “Thunder Road” will carry its last guest on July 26 after 39 years and nearly 40,000,000 rides.

The ride is being retired to make room for future park growth which is part of a more than $50 million multi-year investment plan.

The ride features twin, parallel racing trains which reach speeds of up to 45 mph, according to the park.

The coaster races in and out of North and South Carolina, so riders can choose to take part in a friendly Carolina rivalry.

Carowinds will celebrate the history of the roller coaster over the coming months. Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration.

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