As a publicity stunt for the 1977 movie Roller Coaster, a group of roller coaster enthusiasts gathered at King's Dominion (now Paramount's Kings Dominion) in Doswell, Virginia for a marathon on the park's new coaster for the year: the Rebel Yell. After nearly one week of riding and sleeping on the coaster, three men broke the world's record for a coaster marathon. ACE was born the next year when the three marathoners reunited at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.

ACE was founded as a not-for profit, all volunteer club to foster and promote the conservation, appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the art of the classic wooden roller coaster and the contemporary steel coaster. Since 1978, ACE has grown from 3 members to over 8,000 members representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 12 countries.


Amusement TodayAmusement Today, the monthly trade newspaper, and AmusementToday.com, an online source for instant news, combine efforts to provide all news, all the time with the latest in news, photos, useful information and advertising affecting owners, managers and suppliers in the amusement industry.

AmusementToday.com provides late-breaking news in its “EXTRA! EXTRA!” section, all FREE of charge and with NO LOG–IN required. The Web site also provides information on the current printed issue, contacts, subscription rates and advertising information. With an average of 3,500 daily hits per month, and more than 1.2 million hits per year, their Web site has become the online source for news, information and advertising.


Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide. The organization represents over 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 93 countries. IAAPA strives to help members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry.


VISIT LUBBOCKThe cowboy spirit that tamed the west is alive and well in the real West Texas: Lubbock, where our legendary ranching and music heritage is waiting for you to explore.

West Texas musicians have impacted the music scene and Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly played a major role in music history. His legacy along with several other well known artists is showcased at the Buddy Holly Center.

Your inner cowboy will feel like a real explorer as you ride off the Cap Rock on trails first made by the pioneers of the west. Or learn about the impact gliders had in affecting the outcome of WWII at the Silent Wings Museum. Invigorate and rejuvenate yourself as you watch the sun dip below the horizon while sipping a glass of wine from one of our award winning wineries. Or challenge yourself to a round of golf at the championship Rawls Golf Course.

Come visit the Texas you have always dreamed of . . . Lubbock.


Lubbock Chamber of CommerceSince its beginning in 1913, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce's mission of strengthening, promoting and serving its member businesses has positively benefited the entire region and, most importantly, our quality of life.

 As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Chamber represents almost 2,200 members who employ approximately 60,000 workers and account for about $900 million in economic impact in Lubbock and West Texas. And, we do it without tax dollars.

 Serving as a unified voice, the Chamber advocates for pro-business issues affecting Lubbock businesses on the local, state and national levels. Its efforts earned it the distinguished 5-Star Accrediation from the United States Chamber of commerce, American Chamber of Commerce Executives' 2008 Chamber of the Year, and the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2009 and 2008 Governmental Affairs Program of the Year.