I am part of the RCCGB, and they DID talk wood at this years Loopathon.
I can confirm that the park ARE considering a woodie in the future, and they did mention that they have been in touch with The Gravity Group and are looking very closely at the ride being built in Europa park. A woodie will NOT happen in 2013 as they told us their new major coaster will be open in 2013, and will be based on a product. While wood is still a while away in this country, it is getting closer and Drayton are very keen to make an enthusiasts dream come true!
So this Drayton woodie will probably come 2016 at the earliest. At least it's going to be Grav Group, who's designs always seem a bit more interesting and extreme than GCIs, and I've never ridden a Grav Group.
I've heard that this "product" (or IP) coaster will be a duelling Vekoma based around Knex, which doesn't really sound like the big thrill coaster we've been promised.[/quote]
Good lord- a life sized Knex coaster?! Now, that would be awesome. :D
I do believe Drayton will get wood, but this is only the start of our journey and not the end. I think that it is vital that we don't run before we can walk, and on this occasion I think that everything has been stretched a bit too far. I still have hopes as they are very keen, and I do believe it will happen, but it will be at least 2015 or 2016 at the earliest before wood lands inside Drayton's gates.
From the sounds of it, the Vekoma(?) coaster that is due to open in 2013 sounds like it is aimed at the thrill market. I'm not sure though that a "toy" brand would fit the bill though. Anything is possible I guess...