• Dec 29, 2010
A greener kind of spare tire – Click above to watch video after the jump

Man's indomitable spirit and ingenuity are wonderful things – they allow for man to persevere in the most trying of situations. Aron Ralston hacked off his own arm and survived after a boulder trapped him in Blue John Canyon, for example. In this case, one man was tasked with a problem and a need to solve it at any cost. His trailer was missing a wheel – or maybe a wheel and an axle – and a spare was apparently nowhere in sight.

Rather than succumb to the pressure and admit defeat, he did what anyone entering survival mode would do – improvise. Finding a sturdy tree branch, he fashioned it into a support device and set off down the road. Disaster averted.

Hop the jump to see the human spirit in action (or to watch a clever idiot put his and other vehicles at risk - we're really talking about one and the same here).

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Uhh no, he just copied Anthony Hopkin's character in The World's Fastest Indian film.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rich

        No really? I had noooooooooooooo clue Burt Munro was a real person. Thanks for teaching me, smart man.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I took Army ROTC in the early 60's and this "emergency fix" was shown in
      one of the Army Field Manuels that we studied. I don't remember the FM number.
      • 4 Years Ago
      do a burnout! then break out the marshmallows
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, wheels were first made of wood....
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Chevrolet and Cyrillic plates... it's from Russia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I would say you're either half right or entirely wrong.

        If the plates are anything to go by we're talking about the Republic of North Ossetia (in Russia) or possibly South Ossetia (not Russia).

        This is a disputed region and South Ossetia is a partly "recognized" independent state [by Russia] in the South Caucasus. The Russians fought and claimed South Ossetia from Georgia in 2008.

        Either way they're *not* ethnic Russians, and many countries besides Russia use the Cyrillic alphabet including Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus and so on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was shocked this one wasn't from the US, I must say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @andrewh12

        I think on the plate of the Nissan was number 150, not 15. Therefore most likely the video was made in Moscow region.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this in texas or kentucky? YA'LL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, highway speeds aside, it's not the WORST idea in the world. It's not like native Americans/First Peoples weren't using similar setups well into the 19th century in North America.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travois
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm positive this will end up on Leno's "White Trash Remedies" segment shortly. And what is the SUV? It has a Chevy bowtie on the spare, but is that really a Chevy? I don't recognize it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is a Chevy Niva. Back in the day, GM thought it was a good idea to work with Russians to create a successor to the famous Lada Niva. Needless to say, it was not too successfull. Not sure if its still in production or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, yeah, it's a Chevy Niva. It's still producing in Russia and quite popular.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a saying ' You can't reinvent the wheel' erm!
        • 4 Years Ago
        that is not a wheel
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for pointing that out?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Arggghh, I bet it was a peg legged pirate driving the Chevy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the visual Interpretation of Jackwagon.... LOL However, I've seen worse being towed down the roads in the State of Ohio.... This looks safer than others I've seen with tandem axles....
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Soviet Russia the wheel... I mean the tree...

      Oh hell, I can't even come up with anything on this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even geniuses do stupid things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who says you can't re-invent the wheel!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think he is just a Boy Scout trying to light a fire without a match.
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