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GrandpaD

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The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas closed in 2011 and later rebranded as SLS Las Vegas. The Speed-The Ride coaster was sold, dismantled and stored in a nearby vacant lot.

The hotel recently changed hands and rumors on Las Vegas Blvd it'll be rebranded back to the Sahara brand (or close). A new rumor recently surfaced that the owners are looking to return the sun-baked Stengel designed Premier Rides coaster back to its original glory.

Then -

View: https://youtu.be/rsR8V3_KwFs


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b.mac

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This was originally supposed to be relocated and reprofiled to fit into a strip mall or something that never came to fruition (In Las Vegas, go figure!).
 

GrandpaD

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Yep, the Akita Plaza, located directly across from Mandalay Bay. Not only wasn't the coaster rebuilt, neither was the Plaza. Living there for over a decade, I know that rumors are a dime a dozen.
 
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GrandpaD

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The old coaster will continue to bake in the desert...

(General Manager Paul Hobson) also shot down rumors. The renovations will not include a rollercoaster – in its final years the Sahara was home to “Speed-The Ride.” Also, NASCAR Café, which was home to the six-pound, two-foot-long burrito of “Man versus Food” fame, is not returning.

“That was a Sahara of a different era,” Hobson said.
 

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If y'all want any parts from an amusement ride as a souvenir that's one of the best places to do it. Old school Premier LIM trains like that are basically worthless in terms of parts so you could get a car for probably under $1000, minus shipping it across the country.
 
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