Wonder if he made it?
I realize he hasn't landed yet, but I suspect this blows the theory of wooden spokes being weak.
From his launch angle and how flat he now is approaching the landing platform, I'll bet only his radiator actually contacted the ramp and flipped him backwards as he fell short.
Hal, Your profile pic proves the theory as well. That's quite a load!
French front Oldsmobile?
Or maybe '05 Cadillac.
I would agree, a '05 Cadillac.
The more I look at this picture, the worse it seems.
It appears the front wheels are already lower than the landing ramp surface.
Also, notice the "floating" position of the driver.
He's coming down fast (vertically!) and the only thing keeping him and that car together is his death grip on the steering wheel!
I think the angle the picture was taken from makes it look like a disaster in the making. Hopefully he made it!
That "death grip" on the steering wheel is actually the driver trying to lift the front end of the car a few inches !
Looks like the wheels are already below the edge and he is past the peak and on the way down. I doubt he made it. But what happened to those thrill seekers running on the ground?
I belive he is well above the ramp. The ramp is dang near 20 feet high judging by the height of the people beside it. The picture is taken from ground level. I have little doubt he made it. If he didn't, we'd be seeing other pics.
David, I estimate that load to be 1800 to 2000 lbs. It handled it well. As a matter of fact, it rode better than being empty. I did take it easy and crept across the RR tracks I crossed twice on the way home. I also stayed in Low up the block long hill I went up. It's not steep, but I didn't have anyone behind me and I didn't want to jar the load.
I believe those people are about 40 feet back from the ramp, OR they are only about as tall as the car's 30 inch rims!
Those rear wheels are spinning fast... creates the gyroscope effect... might help... might not. Maybe?
On a side note, I had a chat with a driver involved with the "Monster Truck" arena/insanity. They use throttle and brakes for control while the trucks are rolling end for end in the air. Given whatever those huge wheel assemblies weigh, quite the gyroscopes.