• Dec 26, 2007
There's probably a good reason why nobody has launched a truck off a ramp to execute a backflip. Despite that, Rhys Millen wants to be the first to pull it off. However, the dangers are very real and sometimes one's health is more important than the glory. While recently practicing for his Red Bull Experiment, Rhys Millen suffered an unfortunate accident leaving him with five fractured vertebrae. The incident took place after Millen successfully completed the flip three times into a cushion of cardboard boxes. It was the fourth and final jump test that landed him in the hospital. The truck apparently overshot the landing area and hit the ground -- hard. Thankfully, Rhys's injuries are non-threatening and although he won't be performing the trick in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve, he'll be back in action in due time. We wish him well and hope for a full and speedy recovery.

Thanks for the tip.Ray!

[Source: Red Bull]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rhys Millen is the Man! and good for him for having a go to be the first to do a back flip on a car, sh@#, everything else has been fliped and Rhys successfully executed it. Before people start putting down Rhys Millen, check out his history first, Hes the Man!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Rhys Millen suffered an unfortunate accident leaving him with five fractured vertebrae."

      When you are practicing a truck backflip, I don't think you can call the injury an "accident". If you are driving down the street, and someone pulls out in front of you and you collide, that is an accident.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think it's worth it to try.
      • 7 Years Ago
      some people can never risk any thing but others do and we advance- to say someone is stopid is not understanding the drive of some to accomplish -not always for fame!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hadn't heard about the accident before the New Year's Eve happening. Just got wind that he was injured in a short segment that night. So how many THEN put their sights on Robbie Maddison jumping 322 feet? That's as nutty as flipping a truck. And he did it twice.

        As for practicing, they did mockups with 1/10 scale truck and ramp, then revved off the ramp with the truck to see how it would land, how many boxes needed, etc. And progressed up to the flip.

        With all the gadgetry and equipment, it would have taken some from the spectacle of the jump. More of a great how-to on the science of setting up a "stunt" like this, rather than a feat to watch.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Just like Evil K., his son and all his pets did their thing, there will always be a demand for this stupid stuff. But there is also the fact that sponsors (in Millen's case RED BULL) who pressure their sponsored "athletes" to do more spectacular stuff. They should share the blame and the criticism.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's try back flipping a bus filled with members of the U.S. Congress. I would pay to see that one.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Get well soon and God bless!
      • 7 Years Ago
      See? That's why practice is for sissies. BREAK YOUR BACK ON NATIONAL TV FOOL!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Peter Dumbreck flipped his Benz over three times, what 8 years ago? Sure it wasn't on purpose. And he didn't land back on the road. But whatever, beat that Rhys!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQbgSe9S54I&feature=related
      • 7 Years Ago
      A potential lifetime of residual pain, just to unsuccessfully be the first person to flip a truck. A stunt that'd garner about 30 seconds of "Yeah, EXTREME, brah!!! ", then silence and the sound of crickets as the people have moved on to the next guy and his ridiculous attempt at motorized glory.
      Good for you, man.... Good for you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another idiot (and I use that turn loosely as this guy's not bright enough to earn this low praise) whose willing to trade his life for "fame(?)" or worse, "some money".

      Darwin award wannabee, you go guy!
        • 7 Years Ago
        rhys millen is an awsome driver and person. wikipedia him to find out more. it only gives his experience as a drifter but his career goes beyond that.
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