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Freestyle rides headed from Myrtle Beach to Vietnam?

August 11, 2014

By Steve Jones, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)



Aug. 11--The rides at the former Freestyle Music Park are reportedly being shipped to an amusement park halfway around the world.

"All I've heard is they've been sold and are headed to Vietnam," said Gina Guglielmi, owner of Intermark Ride Group in Nashville, Tenn.

The rides are being dismantled, with the most recent work dismantling the roller coaster known as The Eagles' Life In The Fast Lane, named after one of the band's hit singles from 1977.

Other rides at the park already had been sold.

Gina Guglielmi said she is the ex-wife of Carlo Guglielmi, owner of Ital International, which is also headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

Ital International had listed a number of the Freestyle rides for sale on its website as recently as last week. On Monday, they were no longer there, and the website said the listings had been removed or the rides had been sold.

The 140-acre property hasn't seen much action since the theme park shut down after summer 2009. The park failed twice in two years, first as Hard Rock Park during the summer of 2008 then as Freestyle Music Park, which operated for summer 2009.

Late last year, Freestyle started selling off its rides, listing them for sale by Ital International, which brokers the sale of new and used theme park and amusement rides.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach bought several of Freestyle's rides for its park on Ocean Boulevard.

Neither Carlo Guglielmi nor Freestyle owners could be reached for comment by early Monday afternoon.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765 or on Twitter @TSN_sjones.

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