People do a lot of crazy things to modify their cars to their liking. But very few could have gotten as crazy as Paul Stender, who actually strapped a cruise missile to the roof of his car.
The 44-year-old from Indianapolis, along with his wife Therese, 29, has converted a 1967 Chevrolet into a jet-powered car, with the simple addition of a cruise missile. He took the help of their team at Indy Boys Inc, who are known to create the most bizarre and fastest vehicles ever. The result? A car that’s barely ever crossed 100mph, can now easily touch 300mph. And that’s not all, the Jet-Impala 67 even fires out flames up to 30 ft behind it and leaves massive clouds of smoke in the air.
The car was fashioned after an urban legend that a hillbilly farmer had bolted a missile to his car and then crashed straight into a mountain. According to Mr. Stender, the Jet-Impala was created to have some fun, as a part of a comedy act at motorsport events. “We tell the audience we found the engine the day before and make it look like the missile is just tied onto the car with a bit of rope. It looks like it’s going to blow up at any minute,” he says. He even dresses up as a farmer to add to the effect.
All said and done, it is a bit scary to drive a car with a missile right above your head, and Mr. Stender agrees with that. “Sitting with a missile engine directly above your head with smoke and flames coming out of it, is pretty scary.” We can’t say how good this car is for the environment, but audiences do seem to love it.