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Watch: Semi-Truck Jump World Record

Big rig flies 166 feet at Evel Knievel Days to reset high mark

Megan Stewart
Jul 29, 2015

Jumping a semi-truck doesn't seem like something many would actively try to set a world record for, let alone something that should be attempted. Not only did someone decide this was a good idea, someone decided they could do it better. And they did.

During Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Mont., last week, Gregg Godfrey, a former Baja 1000 winner, broke his own record set back in 2008 for the longest semi-truck jump. While that jump was only a mere 50 feet, his new record-breaking stunt hit 166 feet.

Back in 2014, Lotus F1 and EMC Technologies decided to try their hand at this record, but upped the ante. Not only would stunt driver Mike Ryan jump the semi 83.7 feet, but he would do it while stunt driver Martin Ivanov drove underneath him in Pastor Maldonado's E22 F1 car. However, there were no F1 cars during Godfrey's jump last week. What Godfrey's attempt lacked in gimmicks, it made up for with air time.

Godfrey celebrated his new record with a quick tweet to his followers: "Got the record at a 160ft. I meant to only go 140." While the semi wasn't weighted down with any cargo or trailer, jumping something this heavy is a feat in and of itself.

Fans and bystanders commented about the event, one giving us a video capturing the entire jump. Don't believe this semi-truck was able to make the jump? Watch the record-setting stunt in all its glory in the video below.

Source: Fox Sports

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