I’d like to introduce you to “Jumping” John Holland, this guy is a GENIUS, you will see why very soon.
From what I could dig up, this sequence of Darwinism was shot in 1980/81 by a photographer named Tim Mcvay.
Anyways, old Johnny wanted to do something that would set him apart from the rest of the stunt crashers (he thought he was a stunt biker but he is far better known for his crashes).
So what do you do if you want to make a name for yourself? You jump over 40 Chevettes with a parachute strapped to your back and to the back of your bike.
Ok tell me more you say…
First up, how about a little more information on those cars, where did he get those cars you ask? The local Chevrolet dealer of course – naturally they will be FINE, because Johnny promised Frank Stinson the local Chevrolet dealer they would not be damaged.
The absolute genius of this whole scenario was that John had planned to fly off the back of a semi-trailer, launch into the air, let out his parachute and float down to the ground with his bike having cleared all the cars and landed safely.
Hmmm sounds like a good idea, right?
So with 40 cars to jump, what would you choose as your jumping machine? Some big powered light weight bike right? Bzzzt wrong…
Note the engineering that has gone into securing the parachute to the back of the bike. Before you laugh, remember that zip ties had only been invented 23 years earlier (1958) and were still quite expensive, so racing tape aka duct tape was used in the 80′s as the go to structural strengthening and attachment device.
And he is off – zooooooming over the top of those cars at such great height that he felt the need to drop the parachute a little early…
You can almost see the little light bulb just above Johnny’s head when he realises right at this moment, that this is going to hurt like a mother f$^#*r! Atleast he was going to be right about one thing on this day!
Looking at the photos you first think, wow that bike damaged a lot of cars, well you are wrong, because you see all those cars actually cushioned the fall of Johnny. Yup his body destroyed 4 or 5 cars completely.
The extent to Jumping John Holland’s injuries are unclear, however he did sustain a huge number of broken bones and actually did recover. Not only did he recover but a number of years later he planned another stunt like this but backed out after he realised it was too dangerous.
Thanks to Jumping John Holland and his balls of steel or is that lack of brains?