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4 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2010 - 7:57PM #1
catboxer
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I learned quite a few previously unknown and in fact never-imagined facts today from an  article at AOL (an AOL original, no less) by a Jeff Glucker. It concerned a young man who recently set the new horizontal distance record for launching a so-called "monster truck" off a dirt ramp and into the air.


I learned, for example, that "Lots of folks in this country remember a time when they attended a monster truck event." I'll take Jeff Glucker's word for that, although not only do I not remember such a time, I don't know a single person who does, that I'm aware of anyway. But no matter, I know they're out there.


I also was fascinated to find out that there is a "monster truck industry" and a "monster truck world," the latter of which "may have peaked in September of 1999, when Dan Runte drove the iconic Big Foot off a ramp and over a Boeing 747. That jump put him in the record books when his tires touched down 202 feet from where they left the Earth."


Joe Sylvester, the young man who broke that 11-year-old record a few days ago by launching a 10,200-pound truck off a dirt ramp so that it remained airborne for 208 horizontal feet, is from Boardman, Ohio, where I lived part of my childhood.


The AOL article does a good job of explaining how Sylvester accomplished this noteworthy feat, which is now enshrined in the annals of American civilization, as well as recounting in some detail the amount of work and sacrifice Sylvester and his crew had to make to reach this goal. However, it begs the question, why would anyone want to do such a thing?


From the article's comments section: "What's the last thing a redneck says before he dies? 'Hey, y'all, watch this.' "

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2010 - 8:49PM #2
arielg
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Too much idle time. Bad economy my foot.

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2010 - 9:54PM #3
mountain_man
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I got to drive Big Foot..... about 10 feet.... but I drove it. Cool

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2010 - 8:12AM #4
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I remember going to car stunt shows, but we didn't really have monster trucks then. 

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2010 - 11:58AM #5
MMarcoe
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I think we all know what these drivers of massive trucks are compensating for, ahem ahem.


I'm doing just fine with my small car.

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2010 - 12:57PM #6
teilhard
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Add-in ... Snowmobiles ... Dirt-Bikes ...  Power-Boats. etc. ...


Noisy Gas-Wasters ...


( Are any of those covered in The Second Amendment ... ???  Just asking ... )

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2010 - 5:25PM #7
appy20
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I have never been able to understand NASCAR.  I certainly don't get monster trucks and their weird derbies.

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2010 - 7:20PM #8
catboxer
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Sep 10, 2010 -- 12:57PM, teilhard wrote:


Add-in ... Snowmobiles ... Dirt-Bikes ...  Power-Boats. etc. ...


Noisy Gas-Wasters ...


( Are any of those covered in The Second Amendment ... ???  Just asking ... )




Teilhard, I would exempt snowmobiles from that short list under certain circumstances, such as those that prevail in rural Alaska in the wintertime.


I have friend who has lived and worked in Dillingham, on Bristol Bay all his life. He tells me that for about half the year, the "Sno-go" as he calls it is the only way to get around and obtain basic supplies. In many places, the sno-go has literally been the only means of personal transportation capable of replacing the dog sled.


Other than that, your list is in synch with the spirit of the OP.

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 12, 2010 - 4:09PM #9
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Sep 10, 2010 -- 12:57PM, teilhard wrote:


Add-in ... Snowmobiles ... Dirt-Bikes ...  Power-Boats. etc. ...


Noisy Gas-Wasters ...


( Are any of those covered in The Second Amendment ... ???  Just asking ... )





I hunt on foot -- or from a canoe I paddle myself.  And I scoff at those who use machines to "hunt."


I'm not a big fan of so-called "power sports."

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4 years ago  ::  Sep 12, 2010 - 4:11PM #10
mytmouse57
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Was never much for "monster trucks."


If I want redneck fun, nothing beats a good, old-fashioned demolition derby.

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