A photo was posted on CarowindsConnection yesterday that has caused quite a stir in the coaster enthusiast community. It is supposed to be a ‘spy photo’ in a marketing office at the park. It’s said to show the name and theme for the Carowinds’ yet tobe revealed 2010 roller coaster.
White Lightning Photo – Real, Fake, or Leaked
Now, the debate is on. Is the picture real? Meaning someone risked being fired or possibly prosecuted and took a James Bond-like spy photo of the ride’s new logo. Was the picture leaked? Some see placed hints or clues in the picture and also note that the desk looks too clean and organized. Is it possible that Carowinds released the photo on purpose to build up some buzz on the new ride. Or is the picture fake? Did someone photoshop or manufacture it just to pass some time home from school this summer?
UPDATE 7/26 – EMRAWFODOG found this video of a teaser that was being played at CoasterStock this past weekend:
I’m excited to see that the ride will have a racing theme like I’d hoped. It’s great that it will have an original, local flavor to it. NASCAR is HUGE in these parts! A racing theme will only help bring added attention to the new attraction. Props to Carowinds & Cedar Fair for not going the ‘Goliath’ generic name route.
UPDATE – The official announcement for Carowinds 2010 roller coaster will be on August 26th. We’ll finally know exactly what the park is getting in less than a month! Check back here for my take on the news.
Carowinds & White Lightning
White Lightning has been thought to be the name of the Carowinds coaster. Since Carowinds had a coaster named ‘White Lightnin’ in the past, the whole “Lightning Strikes Twice” thing would be the expected motto of the ride. Also, this leaked teaser photo was said to be from taken at Carowinds. In addition, NASCAR is huge in the Charlotte area and the image invokes the history of the sport that involved moonshine smugglers. We’ll find out when the park releases all of the details on August 26th!
What’s Your Take?
Is it real, fake, or leaked? Leave a comment below.