The Silver Lake sand dunes see their fair share of well-built trophy trucks executing impressive jumps. Drivers build insane pieces of machinery for the express purpose of sailing through the air like mad men and women.

Mike Higgins is no stranger to the area. His heavily modified Ford trophy truck has gone flying through the sky on more than one occasion, but he recently bit off more than he could chew. After hitting a particularly lofty dune, Higgins went airborne for a ridiculous 180 feet before becoming intimately familiar with the finer points of gravity.

While Higgins nailed the jump, his landing fell short of wowing the judges. The impact very nearly broke his truck in two. Despite the mechanical mayhem, the driver walked away without a scratch, proving that occasionally miracles really do happen. You can check out the jump and the subsequent destruction below for yourself. Be warned: there's a fair bit of foul language.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better nose up than nose down I guess, but either way, ouch!
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's just lucky his nose didn't screw into the ground first.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Judging by the guys shirt, it is a Ford, must use the Raptor frame that everyone also bends by trying to jump it!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
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          Perry Harrington
          • 1 Year Ago
          The video tells me it's a lightweight tube frame sand truck, not a trophy truck. Much lighter weight and less spendy than a TT.
      jerzyguysouth
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would of kept going if it was a Toyota truck. POS Fords... PUKE!
      Mark Salomon
      • 1 Year Ago
      bfd
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a lot of wasted money on King shocks, considering the rest of the fabrication... and his lack of sense and driving skill.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nose got too high and air got caught under the body, this is basically the full size version of what happens in RC Short Course racing.
        action3500
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        In RC racing, you can push the brakes mid-air to even out the car. Wonder if it would have helped this guy.
          activex101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @action3500
          It can help on real cars too, but this guy's main problem is that he was flooring it when he went off the jump instead of keeping an even throttle. For a fraction of a second when going off the jump, only the back wheels are on the ground. If you're accelerating at that point, it will start the nose in an upward direction and this is what happens.
      activex101
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy has that look on his face like he's about to cry inside, but he's acting like it's all ok.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right! Because Ford should build the strng frame possible so instead of a bent frame, the next weakest suspension part shatters cartwheeling your corpse across the desert floor at 110...
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Homemade Raptor this is not. Fail.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      this must be garage engineered, real off road trucks are weight distributed to fly even and flat
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        Pretty sure they use the throttle and/or brakes actually. There's no way to "engineer" an even and flat flight every time the truck leaves the ground. It depends on a lot of things including your suspension, ramp and approach angle. It's been a while since I've been to the RC track but if I remember correctly, some braking in mid-air could have brought his nose down and possibly even prevented this.
          ELG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          throttle, ramp, approach are all ways to tweak and fine tune the mid-air attitude, but if the car is nose heavy or tail heavy, thats how its going to flop, you cant fight physics.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Braking in midair is probably instinctual, but it won't do anything until you land.
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's gonna be hurtin' tomorrow....
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