Thanks to the Bonsignore family, you can see an original bobsled-style roller coaster car at Knoebels!

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The Knoebel family had their official start in the amusement industry in 1926 and has long been known for their love and preservation of classic rides. The Bonsignore family joined the amusement industry in the 1920s, too. Their involvement included operating a bobsled style roller coaster in Coney Island, New York.

So, where do these two histories intersect?

Knoebels team members wanted to resurrect the original wooden bobsled style ride. However, no blueprints remained for Bonsignore’s version, or any other wooden version of the ride. Even if blueprints existed, safety requirements have drastically changed over the years.

Thanks to the Bonsignore family, you can now see an original bobsled-style roller coaster car at Knoebels. And, after over seven years of effort, Knoebels welcomes you to experience what it’s like to fly on our own wooden version of the Flying Turns.

Knoebels would like to extend sincere gratitude to the Bonsignore family for their generosity in allowing us to showcase this important piece of amusement park history!

Next time you're at Knoebels, check out the car on display near the second Flying Turns viewing area (closest to Starbucks stand).

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