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Videos: Odd Souped Up Car Stunts
These days, we have a lot of media focus on hot rods and doing car stunts due to the steampunk movement. However, over the past 100 years, doing stunts and altering vehicles has played a major role in the entertainment industry, the mafia, and in weird sports moments around the world.
The moonshine running roots of NASCAR and Formula One
Fans that love watching race cars may not be aware that the origins of this sport are in illegal moonshine transporting. During the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and 1930s, alcohol was illegal in the United States. In its place, organized crime ran bars underground called speakeasies. Of course, the mob had to get their alcohol from somewhere and this was usually rural places in the South.
In order to get the alcohol to northern cities like Chicago and New York City, the "rum runners" had to outrun the police. Over time, these moonshine runners improvised their cars with better engineering. Naturally, there are few YouTube videos that show these old "souped-up" cars in action.
Instead, you can watch movies from the 1950s illegal moonshine transporting business including the drama "Thunder Road." National Geographic also did a special on the rise of NASCAR in the 1950s in their episode titled "Moonshine."
Today, we have many branches of the souped-up car tree that have evolved over the past 90 years. This includes Arab drifting, hot rods, hyphy side shows, low riders, drag races, NASCAR, and Formula One racing.
Movie stunts and hyphy videos
Over the years, Hollywood has given us a wide variety of heart stopping car stunts . Off the screen, you can watch the impressive Car Stunt Show at MGM Studios in Orlando. Outside the world of cops and robbers or spy movies, most people understand that these types of car tricks are for professionals only.
Sadly, it seems like California did not get this message. Regardless of the dangers it placed on nearby citizens, non-professional performers in the San Francisco Bay Area started doing car stunts in the middle of urban neighborhoods. Although the trend peaked in 2007 in Oakland, Calif., hyphy videos seem to be focused on "ghost riding the whip." This wild combination of rap, partying, street racing, and stunts is known as the hyphy "sideshow ."
Keep in mind, ghost riding involves rigging the car to drive with no driver and is highly fatal.
M.I.A. films illegal Arab drifters
Dangerous, illegal, and full of accidents, the Arab world is rife with YouTube videos featuring a variety of car-related driving stunts. In M.I.A.'s new video "Bad Girls," it shows Arabs dressed traditionally doing all kinds of strange car tricks. In other videos, weird Arab car sports like "drifting," "Arab highway skating," and drag racing are displayed.
Are these stunts normal for the area? As it turns out, the police in Saudi Arabia have been trying to cut down on this rash of amateur stunt driving for years. The main reason this weird sport is considered popular is due to widespread boredom.
In addition, the original California hot rod enthusiasts need to take note of a popular stunt in Saudi Arabia that has few English translations. Although there is no official term, this popular car trick in the Empty Quarter desert involves climbing out of a canyon with a steep grade.
What to do with a useless stunt car
Typically, cars used in stunts and racing have a short life span and are often abandoned. For this reason, if you have an automobile graveyard piling up next to your house, consider towing them all to Kentucky to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shootout.
Less than an hour's drive from Louisville, Kent., this semi-annual event is close to Fort Knox and the Knob Creek bourbon distillery. Charges are placed inside of old cars which causes them to burst into flames when they are drilled by machine guns.
While it is not a good way to recycle metal, it is certainly homage to every Michael Bay movie—and that is a tribute that any car stunt enthusiast can appreciate.
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