Sometimes the Stuff of Genius Looks Vaguely like the Stuff of Insanity

Anyone who has ever played with Hot Wheel cars knows that there are two staples in the track layout arena: There is the loop, and there is the jump. At the Indy 500 this year, they are scaling the jump up to real life:
World-Record Jump Attempt Set for Indianapolis 500
Hot Wheels builds giant ramp for real-life record jump at Indy 500
302 feet is the length of a football field – it is an incredible distance. There have been many attempts in the past to make jumps of this magnitude or more, often bordering on insanity. For example…
Ken Block jumps 171 feet successfully in a rally car:
Travis Pastrana topped Block with 269 feet in rally car:
And then there’s the current record at 301 feet:
Kenny Powers attempts to jump the St. Lawrence river (1 mile) unsuccessfully in a rocket-powered car:
Robby Knievel attempts to jump the Grand Canyon half-successfully on a motorcycle:
Speaking of motorcycles, it is interesting that Robbie Maddison, on a motorcycle, has jumped 360 feet:
Why do people do this? To push the limits? Fame and Glory? Because it’s there? The genius lies in the endless human desire to improve.

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