WEST SUSSEX, U.K. (NBC) – Flying cars might still be the stuff of science fiction, but competitors in the UK’s 2019 Car Jumping Summer Championships did their best to defy gravity.
Undeterred by flips and fires, drivers accelerated their cars over a ramp in an attempt to fly over a line of assembled old junkers and land safely on the opposite side.
Although no major injuries were reported, paramedics were in attendance to tend to drivers, who risk skeletal and soft tissue damage, as well as whiplash.
“Oh, blinding. Really good buzz. If it’ll go again, I think I’ll go again,” Driver Shane Polland said.
Revving up his black ford fiesta, Bradley Lock was crowned champion of the 2019 edition of the annual contest, convincing the judges and a large crowd that his jump’s combination of flight, flair and distance was the winner.
“Yeah, not as far as last time, but you know, still here, still in one piece, so happy days,” Car Jumping Summer Champion Bradley Lock said.
The prize? About $60,000, and of course, a lap of honor on the back of a pickup truck.