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Image: Gold Striker roller coaster circuit takes shape at California's Great America

Gold Striker construction image

Construction work on the new Gold Striker roller coaster at California's Great America is progressing well, with much of the ambitious ride's circuit now in place.

The park has posted an aerial photo of the construction site on its Facebook page, showing off a number of elements in its 3,197-foot track. Several sections remain to be put in place before testing of the wooden coaster can begin early next year, ahead of its planned debut at the start of the 2013 season.

Gold Striker construction image

Image © California's Great America

Manufactured by Great Coasters International, California's Great America's new addition will stand at 108-feet-tall and will hit a top speed of 53.7 miles per hour at the base of its 103-foot first drop. The ride's circuit will feature a series of banked turns and "airtime" hills, with the design being based on plans that were originally put forward several years ago before being dropped.

An official preview video for Gold Striker is embedded below:

As can be seen in the video, the first drop of Gold Striker will be wrapped around the 200-foot Star Tower observation tower. The tower will now be housed within the coaster's circuit, adding a new visual element for riders.

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