On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. Mark David, author and illustrator of Crazy Cars created an original coaster of his own: The RollerRoadster.
Also featured in this wacky collection of original state-of-the-art vehicles of the future, is the Velocitree, Chefrolet, Spiderwagon, and - my favorite - the Luxury Resortster.The RollerRoadster turns a boring trip to the store into a hair-raising ride of twists, loops and gut-wrenching turns. Your friends will be so keen to get a ride home you'll be able to sell tickets! You'll wonder why all cars don't come equipped with a rollercoaster.