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PNE’s JetStar2, Lost? Now found?

About a week ago, I get this comment on one of my post from a person called “MG” and they write; “i have a complete jet star ll in new jersey. i have had it for years and it has had much restoration work done, the track and jackstands are all rust free and there are 8 cars. it would take about $200,000 to finish the ride as it needs a new braking system and lights. all the important parts are stored in trailers. i also have spare coaster wheel housing covers for sale. the coaster is not for sale but would consider a partner. the ride, when finished, can stand up against newer and more spectacular rides. lagoon in utah had the only other one that i knew about.”
Turns out this stored Jet Star II may be PNE’s Super Big Gulp:Here is the Super Big Gulp in action:I contact MG and ask if they could send me some pictures of this Jet Star II. MG Writes “the ride was in canada years ago at the pne. i bought it, moved it to the usa and slowly started to work on it. one of these days it will be finished and definitely better then when it was new. just the wheel housing alone were a major upgrade as they were too light originally and caused many problems including a jumbo jet tragedy in coney island. the jumbo jet and jet star ll used same cars” Enclosed in the email, MG sends me a couple of shots. Here is what they sent me. This is a picture of the Jet Star II track:This shows the support or jack stands of the Jet Star IIHere is the Jet Star II wheel housing:How cool is this? Way Cool… Thanks goes out to MG for sending me some great stuff. Perhaps if MG see this they might send a picture or 2 of the cars them self. I’d go to New Jersey to ride this Jet Star II, then again I would go almost anywhere to ride the Jumbo Jet or the Jet Star II.. Let’s Ride!

We’ve gone BANANAS!

This post has nothing to do with the Jumbo Jet! I was surfing the interweb and came across a mention of a BIC Banana which every kid in the 70’s had. For those of you that don’t know what a BIC Banana is, well it’s simply a cheap marker (like a felt tip pen with a lot more colors), but a lot cooler as in a far out 70’s way. WOW! Look at that price $1.98 for 10! I’ll take a bunch! Yep good ole banana humor!Here is a classic commercial for the BIC Banana:

Then I found the holy grail of BIC Banana lore… Charles Nelson Reilly dressed in a banana suit and singing the BIC Banana jingle:

Ok… here we go… sing with me!
Oh we’ve gone Bananas, for BiC Banana Ink Crayon
You’ll learn to write a lot – of – ways
Oh we’ve gone Bananas, for BiC Banana Ink Crayon
The colors are so – bright – and gay
Oh you can learn to color, write smooth lines or fat *Ah-huh*
Draw a banana, and give it a hat
Okay bunch!
You’ll go, BANANAS!, For BiC Banana Inc Crayon,
You’ll learn to write a Lot – of – WAYs

So give me a BIC Banana and a ride on the Jumbo Jet, both which I am not sure I will every be able to have or ride again….