Thursday, April 7, 2005

8,000 Brits To Ride ‘Camilla’

ALTON, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some 8,000 Britons are expected to take a ride on Camilla this Saturday (Apr. 9).

No, they won’t be riding Camilla Parker-Bowles, but instead a roller coaster at the Alton Towers theme park that is being renamed for the day in honor of Camilla’s marriage to Prince Charles.

The ride’s current name is “Rita – Queen of Speed,” but TV ads and the park’s signs will change to “Camilla – Queen of Speed” just for the day.

Camilla is 2,100-feet long, can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and catches a maximum vertical G-force of 4.7.

Park spokeswoman Tracy Burton says park officials sought out a Camilla look-alike for the day, but a high demand for Camilla doubles for Saturday has created a shortage.

However, if the real Camilla stops by the park, which Burton says is unlikely, they’d be happy to give her a ride.

Burton says, “It’s a great way to start her honeymoon.”

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