If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on, it’s this: When a car or truck goes airborne, it’s freakin’ cool. Okay, well it’s less cool when people get hurt as a result… But a properly executed car jump is enough to get just about anyone going, I would think.
Hell, even jumps that aren’t executed properly can be pretty entertaining… And humorous in the case of Dennis Rodman:
It’s just so perfect. “OH YEAH! OH YEAH! OH-” *BANG* “Oh no!”
More proof that people love car jumps? The Dukes Of Hazzard. Remember how stoked people were when a dude jumped the General Lee on a street in downtown Detroit?
And I don’t think Monster Trucks and the Monster Jam circuit would be around if not for peoples’ love of jumping vehicles.
Now you may be looking at this and thinking “This is all American culture.” You’re not wrong, but it’s not like there’s no fascination with jumping things north of the continental United States as well.
Remember Johnny Enticer?
I say “remember” because I’m assuming you’ve read my blog about the denim-clad daredevil. If not, and you want to see more epic jumps on that little Yamaha Enticer, go HERE.
And even further north from there, back on American soil in Alaska, launching cars off a cliff is just how they celebrate their Independence Day. Seriously.
“Why do you do it?” “Because you can.” Hard to argue with that.
For those of you wondering where Glacier View, Alaska is, here’s a map:
So one could imagine that there’s not much to do up there. Perhaps that’s how the tradition, which has been going strong since 2005, got started: A few old decrepit vehicles (or ones that had been involved in moose-related accidents, as mentioned in the video), nothing to do with them, and a whole lot of boredom. And while I shudder to think of the environmental consequences of launching these cars off the side of a huge cliff, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love to be there to take it in sometime. They do take a few precautions for the sake of the land, though. They remove all the glass from the vehicles, and the anti-freeze (and I would imagine any other fluid not required to keep an engine running), but they’re not too worried since it’s all done on private property anyway.
Now as with anything of this nature, I must insist that you don’t try this at home. As much fun as it might look like to go flying in a car, there’s a pretty decent chance you could hurt yourself. So just leave it to the careless folks who post videos of themselves doing stuff like that on the internet. I mean, you may want to try launching your old Corsica over a Caravan, but… It’s already been done.