That’s actually very true to be fair, especially the part about ‘those that haven’t ridden it.’ It will be symbolic of Blackpool to them, as much as the tower is.There's two very distinctive groups within the GP category you could be referring to with regards to PMBO - those who have ridden it and those who haven't.
For many people, it's as iconic as the Tower is and when they think of Blackpool it's one of the first things they think of, they associate with the town, and in many cases they won't even remember how it rides or the quality of it. It's the aesthetics of it that, to my mind, give it more reason to be seen as a classic than the actual ride itself. And I guess it depends how you're defining it as a classic. Is it a classic ride for enthusiasts? Of course not. For the GP? Possibly.
Another reason it earns the icon classification, I guess.
Still isn’t a classic though. Not by any recognised definition of the word at least.
The closest definition that could apply is… “judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.” Surely even those that love it are not suggesting it’s the highest quality and most outstanding hyper?
It’s certainly not “typical of it’s kind.” Other than being tall, I’ve never ridden a steel hyper like it.
I suppose if you consider coaster construction a form of art it could be… “a work of art of recognized and established value.” But I think that might be reaching…
Since we’re studying English today… Here’s the meaning of Icon, and why I think PMBO is a ‘Blackpool Icon’ is a much better fitting description.
Icon - “a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.”