Kings Dominion has begun a charity auction for seats on the first ride on its Intimidator 305 rollercoaster, which it has confirmed will open for the first time on April 2, 2010.
The auction is similar to the one launched last month by Carowinds for rides on sister coaster Intimidator, and aims to raise money for the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. The NASCAR-themed Intimidator 305 is named in honor of Dale Earnhardt Sr., the seven-time NASCAR champion who died during the Daytona 500 race in 2001.
To secure a seat on Intimidator 305's first ride, hopefuls must place mid through Kings Dominion's website. At the time of writing, the top bid stands at $250, with the auction set to run until 11.59pm on Thursday, March 25.
Seats on the first 4 trains to travel around the Intimidator 305 circuit are up for grabs. The choice of seats will be dictated by the successful's bidder's ranking in the auction - the highest bidder will have first choice of seats. Full conditions can be found on the Kings Dominion site.
The Dale Earnhardt foundation aims to "continue the legend" of the late driver through charitable programs and grants to organisations supporting children, education and the environment. For the Kings Dominion auction, it has teamed up with Make-a-Wish foundation, Challenge Discovery Projects and the USO of Hampton Roads.
Intimidator 305 is an Intamin design, unlike Carowinds' Intimidator which was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard. It will be the second Intamin Giga Coaster in the US, after Millenium Force at Cedar Point. It will match Millenium Force in height and speed, with a 300-feet, 85-degree first drop and a lightning-fast top speed of 92 miles per hour. Coaster junkies will be kept happy by six "air-time" humps and a number of high speed turns.