Roller coaster addict spends over R400 000

2013-08-06 10:02
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London - A 36-year-old cameraman and father-of-one from Southampton, England has taken roller coaster riding to a whole new level, having spent £33 000 (R498 369 at R15,09/pound) on 1,099 roller coasters thus far. And he has no plans to retire. 

The Daily Mail reports that Marcus Gaines had his first roller coaster ride at age 5, has since visited 251 parks on 46 trips to 19 countries - from New Jersey to Japan and spends the equivalent of one month a year in theme parks. 

He joined the European Coaster Club at age 25 and now rides an average of 100 roller coasters every year... and best of all? He's never been sick on a ride.

Gaines told The Daily Mail, "I'm like a little child who still gets incredibly excited at the sight of a new roller coaster...It's a form of escapism, which allows me to forget the stresses of everyday life and lose myself in the moment."

In regard to his experiences with different cultures in his extreme travels, Gaines said, "From my travels, I've seen how different nationalities embrace roller coasters in different ways. The Japanese and Chinese keep their heads down, terrified of what's to come -- whereas the Germans go wild and shout and scream. In Spain, queue-jumping is rife, and I have found myself moving backwards as I wait to board a ride." 

He's conquered a number of impressive rides, including the following:

- World's tallest steel coaster - Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson New Jersey, 138m tall
- World's longest steel coaster - Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land, Japan , 2km long
- World's tallest wooden coaster - Colossos, Heide Park, Saltau, Germany, 59m tall
- World's Longest Wooden Coaster - Beast, Kings Island, Ohio, USA, 2.2km long
- World's fastest wooden coaster - El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, 112km/h.

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