It was the urban legend to top them all, the one every car guy wants to be true: Dude straps a jet engine to his Impala and goes for the ride of his life, which, of course, ends with his death.

Even though it dates back to the 1960's, according to rumor-debunking website Snopes.com, it was the first big Internet-fueled urban legend, spread across the world in 1995 by then-novel e-mails with subjects like "Darwin Award Winner."

Of course, there's no such thing as the Darwin Awards. But now, finally, there is a JATO-powered Impala. The genius of race car driver Paul Stender, he of jet-powered port-o-potty and 350-mph school bus fame, this '67 Impala was conceived with the best intentions: Make the legend come true. And yes, we know the subject was covered in the very first pilot episode of Mythbusters, but they didn't use the right rocket, did they?

Click past the jump to see video of the rocket-powered beater Chevy.

UPDATE: The YouTube video has been removed at the request of Paul Stender, who claimed it was in violation of his copyright.


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      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.darwinawards.com/ Of course there is such a thing as the Darwin Awards.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, what link do I click on to get one minute and fifty-three seconds of my life back? :-/
      Hi There Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      I nominate Autoblog for the Lameaward for posting that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      mikelee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Duh guys . . . that's NOT a "cruise missle"
      gobdaw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Video's been removed for invasion of copyright...! WTF!!! This primitive should embrace every recycling of his lame **** that fools are ready to post. This video isn't informative, particularly funny or remotely memorable. . I wouldn't seek it out or recommend it. Our clothesline engineer has a hugely inflated idea of his own magnificence.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Joe K
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the update, i think it translates to "i look like a complete moron so i want it taken down"
      jnbcressy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is not a Williams-Research Cruise Missile Engine!
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jnbcressy
        No it isn't. Just a redneck stuntman with a crowd-full of gullible rednecks.
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the smell of napalm marshmallows in the morning.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is nothing more than regular Impala with a trash can alike, engineered into a sham rocket engine, strapped to its roof making lame stunts under its own V8 engine power. I pity the people who find it entertaining.
        ChrisDPrice
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        And I'm sure they appreciate your pity. Thanks for bringing enlightenment into their little lives. Glad you use the internet to feel good about yourself. : )
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