Bussink relinquishes wheel interests
Visitors to the recent Euro Attractions Show (EAS) in Munich can’t failed to have noticed the 50-metre giant Ferris Wheel erected outside the Messe München exhibition centre (seen here). The “R50” ride is one of the latest attractions from Ronald Bussink Professional Rides of Switzerland and is destined for a site in Perth, Australia – if no one else takes it first.
The ride is also one of the last to be supplied by Bussink before the company relaunches as Wheels of Excellence, a joint venture with a famous Dutch manufacturer.
The Perth wheel is not the first to go to Australia. Recently the company World Tourist Attractions (WTA) opened an R60 model on the Southbank in Brisbane. An ex-WTA ride of the same height also completed a stint at Sea World on the Gold Coast.
According to the supplier, Bussink/Wheel of Excellence hopes to place more wheels in Australia, as well as China and South America. Now turning out an average of six new constructions a year, the company is pressing ahead with its first 80-metre-tall wheel, which has already been sold, and also has plans for a 120-metre ride using the same system. A new gondola type has also been designed. The Zeta will allow up to 10 or 16 riders at a time, who can either stand or sit during their ride.