• Sep 2, 2010
Bad Habits takes a dive – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Few realms of motorsport live the "Go big or go home" mantra to the fullest quite as well as the monster truck world. Aside from one of the largest voiceovers in the industry ("Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!"), the guys who wrangle the epic horsepower, rear-wheel steering beasts of the Monster Jam circuit also boast some of the biggest egos. You know, the kind of sheer will of character that it takes to look at Bigfoot's 202-foot, record-setting jump over a jetliner and think, "Nah, I can do better." Such is the case with Joe Sylvester, the 26-year-old driver of the Bad Habits truck.

Sylvester has got it into his mind that he can embarrass the Bigfoot record, and has set about building a truck and a ramp to do just that. Only thing is, things didn't go so swell during a practice session this week. After nailing his homemade ramp, the Bad Habits truck promptly began to turn its nose back toward terra firma, and it wasn't long before the machine evaporated into a cloud of giant tires and red clay. Sylvester was unharmed in the accident and plans to officially attempt to break the record at this weekend's Cornfield 500 at Columbus, PA's Miller Farm. If you can't make it, don't worry – the folks at DirtVision plan a live webcast of this Sunday's attempt.

Either way, we wish Sylvester the best of luck. You may want to do the same after hitting the jump and watching his failed practice attempt for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Shawn!

[Sources: YouTube, Cornfield500, DirtVision]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      He could have landed on all four wheels and still had a disastrous ending. These trucks are fragile despite their rugged appearance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon Elmo, get a life. "Bestest" was used in jest. Yes, I made it up. My name was Webster in another life. Don't take things so seriously.
      mark fahey
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can never understand why when something like this happens there's always some woman crying and wailing like she forgot her tampon at her sisters wedding. What do you think is going to happen? Of course the road kill is going to crash that rig! Whats the surprise?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you hear his wife freaking out? ANd he's just gonna do it again?! Hope hey don't have any kids to become fatherless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like Bad Habits really do die hard.

      It hurt just to type that.

      IQ jokes asside, I'm glad to see no blood was spilled. Good mayhem is hard to come by these days!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And in turn made yourself look like an "ass"

        LOLPUNZ
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I spell "aside" wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did Larry the Cable Guy get in to monster truck racing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      >> after hitting the jump and watching his failed practice attempt for yourself.
      Literally..

      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see some of you people build and maintain a fully tubular steel frame 4 link'd Nitrogen Shock/Coilover Spring Suspension race that costs about $90,000 with a 1400ish HP Methonal Burning Big Block racing engine that costs between $20-40,000, Much Less jump one over 200 Feet!

      also, what most people are leaving out when trying to figure out what caused the nose over attitude of the truck is the rotating Mass of the tires and wheels, plus the unsprung weight(aka Weight Not Supported by the suspension) Had Joe kept the throttle matted through-out the time he was in the air, instead of feathering it, the Nose Over attitude would not have been as extreme as it ended up being, remember the tires and wheels on these race vehicles weigh about 900 LBS per tire and wheel, so thats just under 4000LBS of rotating mass, once that weight looses its momentum it causes the truck to drop like a rock, and since the weights moving forward, the front drops quicker than the rear, hence the massive end over end crash...
      again, how many of you have the brain power, and $$$$$$ to even build and run a monster truck?
      • 4 Years Ago


      What a dumba$$
        • 4 Years Ago
        So when's the last time you ever drove one of these and was successful at the same jump? Oh wait, you haven't.

        You people need to stop saying this guy is an idiot for doing this. No one called the BigFoot team an idiot for doing the same exact jump over a Boeing 747. No one called Evel Kneivel an idiot for what he did. No one calls MotoX stars idiots for what they do/

        You guys have never once driven a truck of this type, let alone do something like this. Until you guys have driven a 10,000lb, 1250-1400hp, and incredibly quick truck and have actually made a successful jump, don't judge this guy for what he's doing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For Elmo,
        I don't know about anyone calling Team Bigfoot idiots about jumping a 747. But your not far off from being an idiot.. Bigfoot didn't jump a 747, it was a 727. The wingspan on a 727 is about 108 ft. The 747 wingspan average is about 200 ft. Depending on the model.
        As for Evel Kneivel, damn near everyone called him an idiot. I even met the man and just from talking to him. It was confirmed he was an idiot.
        When I raced moto-x. People didn't call me an idiot. They just said I was pretty much nuts. The ones that do backflips and stuff on dirt bikes are idiots
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's more like "here, hold my beer". Or in other words, I have no brains, I am stupid, I am crazy, I am dumb. Monster truck shows today are pure and simple stupid. It's just boils down to who can crash the bestest.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the asside spelling was a joke" . Oh well, I was hoping there was sim
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just used the word "stupid" referring to the sport, yet you crash and burn when you typed the non-existent word "bestest".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the woman (presumably a wife/Gf) is going hysterical over this crash.

      Umm...they're monster trucks and every time I see Monster Jam on TV - someone's putting one of these things on their roof. This guy didn't just wake up that morning and decide he wanted start start driving in some form of competitive motorsport, so she should have been prepared for the unexpected, but quite inevitable wreck or twenty.

      I could understand some sort of concerned "Is he ok, - go get him out of there" but the screaming hysterics is too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rednecks and their games.
      How about putting some math into the speed/angles etc!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, we REALLY know how to have some fun dont we? You should try it some time. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then you would never get the classic line..... "Hey ya'll!!!! watch this!!!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Joe Sylvester's calculus FAIL!

        Robbie Maddison's calculus WIN

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLejkyXbJlc

        mathematics > horsepower
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