Video of the Day: Rocket bikes!

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These two videos represent a lesson in extremes: When something is done right, it becomes a thing of joy and wonder, and if something is done wrong, it becomes, well in this case, a fiery mess.

The object lesson comes from experimental rocket bicycles. Really, who hasn’t wanted to strap a rocket to their bike, light it up, and see what happens?

In the first case (above), we get an amazing world record and an exhilarating display of exceptional engineering, skill and courage.  This happened about 5 years ago, but it’s still thrilling.

In the second example we get, well, you’ll just have to watch. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This may SEEM new… but it just SEEMS new. One fellow attached little WW2 rocket cylinders on his bicycle and ran it at Belle Isle park in Detroit, Michigan after the war. Yes, I have photos. Others did it too.

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