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    Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Can't find that this was mentioned here, but apparently there's a stunt being planned with a Hot Wheels ramp hanging from a big fake "bedroom door" with a 4 wheel truck record jump attempt. Remember when the latest technology cars on the edge hanging on through the turns was enough of a "stunt" to draw fans to Indy? Rodeo Clown and other doofuses are hoping this will draw the young new fans in and Mattel wants to sell Hot Wheels to old Gomers instead of kids. Guess they gave up on the old low hanging fruit. There's a better chance of seeing a Crapwagon fly well over 300 feet during the race anyway.

    Here's the story IndyCar hoping stunt draws more than attention

    By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Randy Bernard would do almost anything to get more fans watching IndyCar races.

    Fancy driver intros? Double-file restarts? Celebrity appeal? Check, check and check.

    Next month, even the Indianapolis 500 will try something different during its traditional prerace festivities—sending an unnamed Hot Wheels stunt driver down a huge ramp in an attempt to break the world record for a four-wheel vehicle.

    Crazy, yes, and entertaining, too.

    “I’m a big believer that you have to give fans a great experience and you do that with excitement and value,” Bernard said. “This is not some fly-by-night operation. (Hot Wheels parent) Mattel has invested millions of dollars, and I think it can deliver a little younger demographic to our series.”

    This is not the first time a wild stunt has been linked to auto racing.

    Thrill shows were common prerace fodder in the 1940s, and NASCAR’s Humpy Wheeler upped the ante with some of the most outrageous promotions in racing history. His stunts included everything from a re-creation of the 1980s Grenada invasion with Army commandos rappelling from helicopters to the world-record breaking attempt for longest jump by a school bus.

    To Wheeler, seemingly nothing was off limits and almost everything worked.

    “My family stunt show played at Charlotte and in Texas, and I can remember riding around Loudon, N.H., on two wheels,” Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood said. “Humpy always did crazy things to blow up the show at Charlotte.”

    Wheeler’s uncanny wackiness helped turn NASCAR from a regional player into one of the nation’s premier sports leagues, and now the IndyCar Series is hoping the same foundation will help attract younger fans to open-wheel racing.

    The stakes are high.

    Hot Wheels has a multimillion dollar training center in an undisclosed location in the western U.S. The hope is that stunts will add older buyers to a market traditionally reserved for children.
    The investment also means Hot Wheels is looking to do more than one show.

    “It’s definitely captured the interest of other sports tours where they have motorcycles performing, BMX, that kind of stuff,” vice president of marketing Simon Waldron said. “But no one from another race track yet.”

    IndyCar, which has a partnership with Hot Wheels, hopes to tap a younger market to fill seats and improve the television ratings that have been lagging for years.

    While there’s no guarantee next month’s stunt will increase attendance at the series’ most prestigious race, which is already tabbed the world’s most attended single-day sporting event, the speedway is selling ticket packages to get a birds-eye view of the jump in the fourth turn.

    Plus the stunt—which features a ramp coming off a suspended 100-foot door, something a child might do with his little metal cars—has generated talk about the race more than a month before drivers are told to start their engines.

    “You certainly do have your traditionalists who don’t like it, and, yes, there are people that will tell you that, but there are also plenty of people who will tell you this is fun, it’s neat and we’re excited to see it,” said Jeff Belskus, the Indy speedway’s CEO. “I’d say more people are excited and interested in it than those who aren’t and by a lot, 4 to 1, 5 to 1, 6 to 1 something like that.”

    The unscientific survey indicates interest cuts across racing lines and runs deeper than hard-core IndyCar fans.

    Waldron told The Associated Press this week that ABC will carve out a 30-minute postrace slot to broadcast the stunt—between the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600.

    Count Chitwood, Belskus’ predecessor at Indy, among the viewers.

    “I’ll definitely want to see what happens with this stunt,” said Chitwood, part of the family’s Joie Chitwood Thrill Show.

    Can stunts alone rekindle interest in IndyCar racing?

    Probably not.


    Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway and another master promoter, believes daredevils have less appeal in today’s sports world because the lack of big names and fans who want something different have flocked to extreme sports.

    But the bigger problem may be the limited ability of most tracks to hold these events on race weekend.

    “My understanding is that this will be more like a rally car, which is really hot among the younger folks,” said Gossage, who hosts IndyCar and NASCAR races and wants to see the jump. “But it’s not something your average track can pull off because it’s very expensive, and, on most tracks, you’d have to get all of the ramps and other stuff off the track before the race. It’s not easy to do in short order.”

    Instead, Gossage believes, most race organizers should focus on bringing in big-name talent for concerts or adding the quick-hitting, intriguing promotions that don’t affect the start of the race.

    Bernard contends stunts can help a series that has struggled to fill seats and attract viewers. Last year, only one race drew a television rating higher than 1.0. The Indianapolis 500 had a 3.63 rating and only 4 million viewers— the race’s lowest total since it was first broadcast live in 1986.

    Clearly, something needs to improve, and Bernard thinks he knows how to do it.

    Before taking over IndyCar, he led the Professional Bull Riders from a niche organization to national player with entertainment. Riders walked through a ring of fire during introductions and cowboys were dropped from 120 feet on a guide wire. Yes, even, stunts were used to attract and keep fans.

    And Bernard believes it can work here, too.

    “Humpy Wheeler and Bruton Smith have done things like this for decades, and it should be part of the show,” Bernard said. “I think it can deliver us a little younger demographic, so we’ll see.”
    Just when you think it can't get more absurd, the morons at 16th & Jonestown never disappoint.

    I'm imagining it might go something like this

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Quote Originally Posted by clutch x View Post
    Can't find that this was mentioned here,
    been mentioned, discussed, lampooned, and dismissed....
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Quote Originally Posted by clutch x View Post
    Can't find that this was mentioned here, ....
    Quote Originally Posted by CowtownBob View Post
    been mentioned, discussed, lampooned, and dismissed....
    I'd heard about it, but I can't find any other mention of it at first glance. And somehow I got a better picture of how horrific this Chittensomething this is than I stumbled across earlier.
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    This somehow passed us by, other than a thread with a link to bIF's humorous continuation of the 'world's biggest' idea.
    And if it passed US by, you know it passed the rest of the world outside Indiana/gomer-web-world by.

    The best part of the article 'clutch' posted needs to be re-posted:
    Waldron told The Associated Press this week that ABC will carve out a 30-minute postrace slot to broadcast the stunt—between the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600.
    That is just HILARIOUS.
    - RandyB: "We need to draw more people to their tvs for this Indy 500 thing"
    - RandyB: "Mattel will do a pre-event world record stunt jump"
    - RandyB: "ABC, can you televise it?"
    - ABC: "Sure".
    - RandyB: "Awesome!"
    - ABC tape-delays the jump until AFTER THE END OF THE INDY 500!

    Addendum: I found a couple of press releases saying that ABC will air the 'special' at 3PM Eastern Time on the day of the "race". The "race" starts at 12-noon, Eastern Time. Last year's "race" lasted > 3hrs, and I believe that was typical. So, I'll suggest right now that the ploy here is to bump up the Indy 500 ratings by getting "everyone" to tune in for the stunt during the last few minutes of the "race".
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    This type of stuff was cool 40 years ago, but life has moved on and the stunt guys and their demographic are at the X Games, Rallycross/Rally America and other stunt sports tours.
    The dream will always be alive.

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    yah, that's right - the thread about BiF's latest blog post
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    So I guess this stunt is replacing the "Indy Speed Record" attempt thing they were going to do?

    I haven't heard much about that lately, thank God.
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Quote Originally Posted by the cup View Post
    So I guess this stunt is replacing the "Indy Speed Record" attempt thing they were going to do?
    true, todays May 1, seems Rand & leeeeeeeege moth-balling fake track record ploy.
    thinking Dallara frightened of consequences/injuries/death??

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Will it work? The answer is simple.

    I'm not going to watch the "race". I'm not going to watch the stunt.

    Go pick on some other fruit, Rodeo Clown.

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    i wonder will they still do it if it rains?
    It's not foilage, damnit! it's foliage.

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    Quote Originally Posted by RobGuru View Post
    Go pick up some other fruit, Rodeo Clown.
    Fixxered.

    This stunt was discussed (buried in some other threads), but I guess no one could muster up enough disdain to click "Create New Thread". Good job, clutch.
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    They still haven't said who the mystery driver will be.

    Last edited by the cup; 05-28-2011 at 10:12 PM.
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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    I think it would be cool if they got Burt Reynolds to do it. I liked that Hooper movie.

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    simonas flight last week makes this stunt anticlimatic
    You've mistaken my correct interpretation of the results of Tony's boondoggle for my being a doomsayer.

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    Re: Rodeo Clown's Indy Hot Wheels Stunt

    It's probably this guy.


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