Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood theme park will introduce what they claim is the world’s fastest wood roller-coaster in March 2016. The Lightning Rod is also the world’s first launching wood coaster, and will reach a top speed of 73 miles per hour.
The coaster’s design is inspired by 1950s-era hot rods. It reminds Dolly of the classic cars she saw growing up near Dollywood in the Smokey Mountains. She says with a laugh, “I remember all those souped-up cars, but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat-top and ducktail haircuts.”
Dollywood is shelling out $22 million for The Lightning Rod, which is the biggest attraction investment ever for the theme park, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
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