It has become an extremely common ride on European travelling funfairs, particularly in the UK. This is due to a combination of the ride's spectacular visual impact, and its highly practical operation. The ride can be transported on only one trailer, and requires just three hours to build up.
Design and operation
The ride is primarily a 37-metre arm, connected midway to the main support of the ride. Two sets of two seats are mounted at the end of each arm, back to back. Each four-seat assembly can swing through 360 degrees.
The arm rotates at up to 13 revolutions per minute, producing an acceleration of 3.5 g on the riders.
- On January 1, 2007, a ride attendant working on the Golden Way Amusements-owned Speed was struck by the armature while the ride was in motion. The attendant was hospitalised and placed in intensive care.
- On August 20, 2011, a ride attendant working on the Reithoffer Shows Inc.-owned Speed at the West Virginia State Fair stepped into the path of the ride. The gondola impacted him in the face, critically injuring him. He was air-lifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.
- "KMG - Machine construction - Speed" (in English and Dutch). KMG b.v. Retrieved 2007-01-30.