Riding a motorcycle off a cliff and descending safely on a parachute is pretty dramatic–but that’s all been done before. Heck, in these days of extreme sports everything, that’s practically like driving to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread.
Rider Brad O’Neal has taken it a step farther by planning to jump a motorcycle and parachute safely back to the ground–all the while on level ground. That dramatically shrinks the margin for error to practically nothing.
Check it out and see for yourself.
This is racer Don Fezell running his Ford Mustang Cobra Jet at the NHRA’s Indy Nationals. He’s also, by the way, making his first pass after swapping out his usual manual transmission for an automatic.
That’s cool and all, but what we like is the massive wheelstand off the line. Fezell actually bounces the front tires and goes right back up as he tries to catch the faster Dodge Challenger in the far lane.
This video was shot at a Spec Miata race at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Spec Miata is all about putting lots of drivers on the track is (mostly) equal cars, so passing is all about ability to maintain corner speed versus raw horsepower.
Most of the racers in Spec Miata classes are hobby-level racers, and while the competition is high it isn’t like careers are on the line or anything. That’s why we can’t tell if what’s going on here is a jerk move or a racer playing a bit of a practical joke on a friend. Either way, we’ve never seen anything like this before.
This may not be a case of going from bad to worse–but only because the firs hit is so bad. So maybe this is a case of going from worse to worse.
No, that doesn’t make any sense grammatically, but you will get it when you see this video.
This Porsche 964 is running a street race when the driver either suffers from brake problems or simply over-drives the corner. Whatever the reason, the result is German engineering meeting concrete barrier at a high rate of speed. But instead of simply bouncing off the barrier and waiting for the tow truck, the car takes to the air and winds up upside-down in a drainage ditch. Insult, meet injury.
We have no idea where this was shot, just that the car is a Ford Escort RS2000. (If anyone knows more details, please help us out in the comments below.)
But we bet you can still appreciate what’s going on here. Before things go bad we get a handful of shots of this driver really ripping up a fairly smooth gravel road in this rear-wheel drive car. But then the car gets some air coming off a hill and lands a little too nose forward. And guess what, there is no driving out of this one.
Thankfully, we see both the driver and navigator get out of the car and both appear to be OK.
We have a pet theory: The faster something goes, the cooler it looks when you slow it way down.
The NHRA put together this great video of action on the drag strip shot in extreme slow motion. Explosions are cool in real time, but so much happens so fast it is hard to take it all in. But when it is slowed down like this, you get to sit back and watch just how much is going on.
Yes, this video is sophomoric, juvenile, immature–you name it.
But it made me laugh out loud so I though I’d share. And if you can’t appreciate a fart joke this well done, then you need to loosen up a little bit.
This probably wouldn’t strike those of you in Minnesota as too awesome, but for two young men in California building a hot tub into a working Cadillac convertible makes perfect sense.
They are calling their invention the “Carpool DeVille” and not only did they figure out how to work, they plan to take it to Bonneville and run it to 100 miles per hour, or more. Throttle and brake controls are now moved to the top of the door to keep it out of the water, and the original engine now does double duty providing motivation and heating the water. All the necessary apparatus for operating the hot tub–from filters to pumps–are contained in the trunk.
The pair’s plans to go to Bonneville is to get into the record books with the world’s fastest hot tub. We kind of wonder why even bother–a big barge like this looks more suited to a slow cruise than top speed runs. Still, it’s pretty cool what they’ve managed to create.
We don’t know much about what’s going on with this video except from the looks of things, somebody has mounted some skinny tires on a legitimate drag car. And when the driver hits the go pedal things quickly go from interesting to nuclear meltdown. Besides the smoke, just listen to that wonderful sound.