Hybrid coasters are considered one of the latest advances in the industry but they date from the golden age of roller coasters. A famous example in the UK was the Steel Stella ride that opened on Clacton Pier in 1937.
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Spanish City is mentioned in the 1981 Dire Straits song 'Tunnel of Love' - "Girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did. Like the Spanish City to me when we were kids".