Friday Funny: Cars Fly on the 4th of July. ‘Merica!!!

When you live in the remote reaches of Alaska, you gotta make your own fun.In this edition of Friday Funny we look at the tiny town of Glacier View (about 40 miles north of Anchorage). Antagonizing Grizzlies is played out. Shooting the rapids on the Matanuska River? Meh. Making moose jerkey? Whatever. Punkin’ chunkin’ – nah, that’s kind of a Midwest deal. Launching cars off a cliff on the 4th of July? Hell YEAH!

For our dollar, Arnie Hrncir is Alaska’s Vince McMahon with a touch of P.T. Barnum. The well-known auctioneer is a big salmon in a small pond. When he plans a gig, the troops rally. When he throws a 4th of July party, the troops not only rally, they bring out their whole fam damily out for the festivities. The main course? Launching cars off a cliff. A big cliff.

Set up with backwoods, self-propelled “technology” (cables, ropes, and steering locks) Hrncir and his accomplices go big on Independence Day. The third launch, a clapped out Nissan Pathfinder (at the 3:00 mark in the video) catches the wind just right and literally sails over a 100 feet. They tried to launch four cars but things go awry with the grand finale as you’ll see (instant engine setback)!

Arnie, you are an American hero, doing the most American shit we could ever ask for. You’re a bonafide needle-mover. We’re already checking flights to anchorage for this year’s summer shenanigans. This Friday Funny is sure to get you smiling!

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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