Slingshot shot down on Strip

Jun 19, 2001 10:12 AM

Shot down by the Clark County Commission, the "Slingshot" ride on the Strip has flamed out for the Independence Day holiday.

Undaunted, the ride’s owners are taking a run at the city of Las Vegas in hopes of landing a permanent site. Despite winning approval from the county Planning Commission, the Slingshot was axed by the full board earlier this month. The commissioners bowed to objections of MGM Mirage, which said the ride should be a permanent structure and part of a major development.

The ride, located near the Harley-Davidson Cafe, was open over the New Year’s holiday, when it drew 4,000 riders over 20 days. For $20 apiece, a pair of riders are catapulted 230 feet into the air at speeds up to 100 mph.

Owner Fun Time Thrill Rides tried to obtain another temporary permit to operate on the site over the Fourth of July holiday. But county officials quashed that request, citing never-before stated concerns over FAA height restrictions.

A spokesman for Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said the mayor might consider a Downtown location.