"Windjammer Surf Racers" was the little-used complete name of the Windjammer (later, "Jammer") roller coaster which operated for a few years in the northern-most section of the Boardwalk. Once home to the iconic "Wacky Soapbox Racers", this prime real estate is now occupied by Xcelerator.
Windjammer opened at Knott's Berry Farm in March of 1997 as part of The Boardwalk - a remake of the popular Roaring 20's area. Designed by Togo International to be a fun racing coaster keeping in the spirit of the Soap Box Racers, Windjammer quickly became known as an operational nightmare. Poorly designed restraints, slow sections of track that causes the two-car trains to stall in the slightest breeze, and special effects that never worked as designed, plagued this coaster from day 1. Windjammer's demise was quick, and it closed in early 2000. The yellow track was more of an operational nightmare than red, leaving red the only track open to guests during the last year or so of Windjammer’s operating life.
At the time of Windjammer's destruction, Knott's was owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., who had the cash to bring in the big guns. The result was Xcelerator which opened in this spot in 2002. Designed by Intamin, an international powerhouse of a roller coaster and ride manufacturing company. Xcelerator holds the title as the world's first hydraulically launched roller coaster. It is a big improvement over Windjammer and continues to be very popular with guests.
This structure was designed to create a tornado. Another great idea on paper, but one that never worked in reality.
Not everything that resulted from Windjammer was negative. During Halloween Haunt, the space under Windjammer was used for one of the Haunt's most impressive mazes - Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns.