Danter’s Revolution was one of only three Top Spin rides ever to be built by the UK based firm NA Super Rides (David Ward). Making it’s debut at Neath September fair 1995, the 34-seated monster certainly made an impression.
Unlike the hugely successful Huss Top Spin that influenced NA’s design, the pivot point on the Revolution was located closer to the centre of gravity and allowed the gondola to be flipped almost continuously when under the control of an experienced operator. Whilst this was spectacular to watch, it was known to be somewhat of a nauseating ride experience. It is believed to be this, in conjunction with excess maintenance, that led to the ride being sold overseas at the end of the 2000 season.
Above photo of the Revolution @ King’s Park Bournemouth May 1996 under Danter’s ownership. Photo by Martin Cooper
What happened to the Revolution?
At the time of it’s sale at the turn of the millenium, widespread internet access was not yet a thing – and most people had to just deal with the fact that it had gone. You’d think then, that come 2016 we’d be able to hop on the web and do a quick google for “Revolution Top Spin Ride” and up it’ll pop in it’s current location. Unfortunately this has proved not to be the case, as Kinzler’s (Huss) Revolution dominates any search results.
Well, this wasn’t good enough. The Revolution will always have a special place in my heart, partly because it forms so many of my childhood memories, and partly because it’s on my bucket list to operate it *hint hint*. Determined not to give up, I find myself sat at my computer until 4am with “google translate” open, tediously translating the words “Revolution Top Spin Carousel” into every language on the list and then doing a search. After about two hours I get to the Russian translation (Революция сверху спина карусель).
Here is the ex-Danter Revolution!
“Exit: GET OUT” – The Russians certainly have a way with words.
The above two photos were actually posted in a for sale advert in 2013, with an advertised price of 10500000 RUB, which translates to approximately £89,000. Bargain! Whilst the backflash artwork has changed entirely, the machine still bares a remarkable resemblence to it’s former self, with the guitar lighting-splats still in tact as well as the Revolution top sign.
A bit of further digging around and I was able to find a little more. The for sale advert listed the ride as being in Sochi, Russia – how many small amusement parks could there be in that area? Turns out not too many. The precise location of the Top Spin is the “Adlerkurort Metro Park”. If you look closely you can just about make out the outline of the ride on google maps:
Unfortunately the park doesn’t seem to have a website, and in fact even directly googling it comes up with pretty much no information at all – however it is worth remembering the Russians use a different keyboard to us and therefore searching for anything is incredibly difficult without a translator.
I did however come accross a bizzare website that I would assume is a Russian version of Trip Advisor, and as luck would have it, two users have actually written a review of the Revolution. It would seem that the ride’s reputation is still in tact:
“Do not approach with the elderly, babies and people with cardiovascular diseases” said one reviewer.
“An emotional outburst” said another.
The best by far however: “there flew a phrase from a man with whom in principal I agree! ‘There is nothing worse than a woman after maternity leave!!'” – ?? Think that one’s been lost in translation.
These reviews were posted in 2015. Those who knew the Revolution back in the day may well be surprised to hear that the ride is still in one piece and hasn’t shaken itself to bits! One interesting thing we also picked up on is that the ride now has water fountains at the front similar to those often found on the Huss models.
And so there you have it. The Revolution goes on! Perhaps one day we’ll see it again. Perhaps not. There’s still hope though, David Hackett now owns the one remaining NA Top Spin in the UK (purchased from Michael Mulhearn in May 2014). The other one still exists too – ex John Guest’s “Rolling Thunder” can be found fairly easily on YouTube operating in the Czech Republic.
All these pictures are great, but have you got a video?
Yes! There is one video of Revolution in Russia (well, that I can find anyway!) and you can see it below. It was filmed in 2011. It seems the flipping isn’t quite up to speed with what it used to be – but this could be down to the operator. Pay close attention to the truly awful graffiti style artwork on the bottom of the ride car.
Special thanks to Martin Cooper for allowing the use of one of his pictures in this article, as well as providing some of the information contained within. Other sources of info for this article: 1 2. If you know anymore about this, please do comment below and share with us!