Letâ€™s meet seven outstanding DIYers and their rocket propelled speeding machines.Â Two things have always fascinated man â€“ flying and speed. The first has been achieved while with the second, man just wants more. While some call it crazy, we call it daredevilry and ingenuity.
Here we see adventurous bravehearts strapping on jet propulsion to their pick of wheels and trying to crash through the sound barrier. Crashing through any other barrier is unplanned . So letâ€™s meet these intrepid sous:
- The Jet Powered Portapotty
Paul Sender is in a tearing hurry because he strapped a Boeing jet engine on a portable toilet. The portapotty reaches a speed of 70mph and has a tail of fire that extends up to 30 feet long. Does the driver have to drive and answer the call at the same time?
- Andy Tyler and His Shopping Cart
Some of us would have careened down the shopping aisle on one. But not with a jet engine on the back hurtling us at 50mph. Andy Tyler fished out a shopping cart from the river, followed the net to build a jet engine, put in a steering system and brakes (thankfully) and more fortunately took it to the open tracks for his run.
- Gary Packham and His Lawnmower
What do you do with a jet powered lawnmower? Use the jet exhaust to burn the grass? Nopeâ€¦you race it. Check out how Gary Packham built his Terbitrac tractor by marrying a gas turbine engine to a lawn mower.
- Giuseppe Cannella and His Wheelchair
Encouraged by his wife of all people, Giuseppe Cannella used a spare jet engine and his mother-in-lawâ€™s discarded wheelchair to make a jet powered wheelchair. But this was all for a good cause as Giuseppe used it to raise awareness and money for Parkinsonâ€™s disease research. His mother-in-law is afflicted with it. She is not using her old wheelchair around the house by the way.
- Bill Decambre and His Recliner
This jet propelled armchair is one for the couch potatoes. Those with a death wish perhaps? But Bill Decambre put his mind on his love and took it too far. The TV+remote alas, is not part of the package.
- Joel King and His Racing Sled
Maneuvering a normal luge is difficult in itself. One with a small jet engine and going at 112mph requires Joel King. He did it and broke a street luge world record in the process.
- Bob Maddox and His Jet Powered Bike
Nope they arenâ€™t because they have a jet pulse engines melded to a street bike. 0 to 50mph before you can yell â€˜human missile coming throughâ€™. Bob Maddox likes jet pulse engines so much that he has skydived with one strapped to his chest (seen above). He has also sold a few of his bicycle-jet engine combos on eBay. Guess thatâ€™s a normal dayâ€™s work for a guy who is actually an artist/cabinet maker from Oregon.
Awesome stuff! Did we miss any? Let us know.Â Check out other brave men and their jet machines: