• Carowinds to retire iconic Thunder Road

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thunder Road, a classic Carowinds roller coaster, is gearing up for its final ride.

    The wooden roller coaster will carry its last guest on July 26 after 39 years and nearly 40 million rides, according to a Carowinds news release.

    The ride is being retired to make room for future park growth which is part of a more than $50 million multi-year investment plan.

    “Everything that you see, we're doing for our guests,” spokeswoman Laresa Thompson said. “This is what our guests have asked for. We heard you, we're listening.”

    The park added Fury 325, along with 900 more parking spaces and officials said to expect more surprises soon.

    It features twin, parallel racing trains which reach speeds of up to 45 mph.  The coaster races in and out of North and South Carolina, so riders can choose to take part in a friendly Carolina rivalry.

    Carowinds will be celebrating the history of Thunder Road over the coming months. Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration. 

    Carowinds fans created an online petition to keep the park from retiring an iconic roller coaster. By Monday, there have been more than 2,000 signatures.

    For more information, visit the Carowinds website by clicking here.

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