Professional skateboarder and MTV reality star Rob Dyrdek barrel rolled a Chevrolet Sonic 360-degrees
duplicating the look of one of skateboarding’s staple tricks, the kick flip.
Dyrdek has performed millions of kick flips in his life, but needless to say this was his first not on a skateboard. He performed the stunt at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California while filming for the season premiere of his reality program on MTV, “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”.
Above anything else the stunt was a remarkable engineering feet. Dyrdek drove the sonic precisely 43 mph launching from a wave-shaped takeoff ramp that pitched the car into a barrel roll allowing the vehicle to go into a spiraling motion essentially duplicating the kick-flip. The 50ft gap between the take off ramp and landing ramp was occupied by Dyrdek’s now famous World’s largest skateboard.
The Chevy Sonic was converted into a stunt vehicle fitted with a roll cage and racing seat, equipped with 10 air bags in the case something was to go wrong. The 37-year-old reality TV star and pro skateboarder said of the stunt, “I did a bunch of random stunt training, like jumping out of windows and jumping off a roof. And I did jump the car and flipped it into [a landing pit of] boxes to get the feel of it. That in itself was scary.”
Dyrdek was not the first to do the stunt, at the Houston Astrodome on Jan. 12, 1972, during the American Thrill Show, Jay Milligan performed a similar stunt. The stunt’s most recognized moment came during a James Bond feature film “The Man With the Golden Gun.”