• Dec 18th 2008 at 12:59PM
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Click above to watch a video of Rhys Millen preparing for his trophy truck backflip after the jump

We love Red Bull for giving us wings its endless stream of marketing money that supports so many forms of motorsports, although not nearly as much as we admire Rhys Millen for having the testicular fortitude to attempt a backflip in a trophy truck....again. Last year, Millen fractured five vertebrae practicing the very same stunt, although it appears he came away unfazed and is ready to have another go. Understandably, Rhys says he's a "little nervous" about the jump, but that he's ready to jump back in the saddle. The stunt will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN HD on New Year's Eve at 11:00 PM/ET and 8:00 PM/PT along with Robbie Maddison's attempt at a 96 foot vertical jump with a dirt bike. Follow the jump to watch footage of Millen's mishap last year and hear him talk about his upcoming attempt.

[Source: Red Bull USA, YouTube]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to know more about that ramp configuration. It looks like it has some sort of mechanism at the end that initiates the back flipping motion. (I guess it's safe to say they hadn't quite worked out the bugs on the first jump.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      shameless plug for my business unit: this will also air LIVE on ESPN Mobile TV on Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless on FloTV... and on MobiTV...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone got an update on this? heard he got hurt quite badly, this is the only video I could find:
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, good luck mate, go show the laws of physics a thing or two about human determination! :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can't wait to see the carnage....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, good luck... "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man oh man, my back hurts just watching the crash.

      Hopefully they added some boxes to the end of the landing zone and I hope he can get it done. Will be watching!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing says "experienced" like building your crash pad 1 truck length too short. Ouch!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best wishes to all performers.Hope they make the New Year event a great success.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah great feat indeed.Wish you all a Happy New Year eve in advance and All the best to the performers.

      Gifts to Bangalore
      • 6 Years Ago
      Front flip next year?

      This should be pretty sweet, now if I can whatever bar I go to, to turn this on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good luck Rhys! Got my fingers crossed for you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rhys is one of my favorite drivers..........I hope he makes it!

      I hope he doesn't pull a Colin McRae (RIP), because I couldn't stand losing 2 of the greatest racers in the same century.

      Best wishes,
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