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Here’s an Idea: A Rocket on Your Butt!

Posted January 09, 2020 9:00 AM by dstrohl

This week, we thought it’d be a good idea to kick off the new year with an old, favorite topic: the Turbonique Drag Axle. If you’ve snooped around the wonder that is the internet, as a self-respecting car nerd in any sort of way, you’ve no doubt stumbled across – and paused on – this most unique and interesting development of the Rocket Age. And, by the late Sixties, it was never even a thought that one of these insane propellants couldn’t be bolted to a VW Beetle, a go-kart, or, apparently, a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500. Just screw hit the big red rocket button and go, man, go! Who knows the details of this crazy contraption, for us to fully geek on 50+ years later? (Hint: the link in the caption is a good place to start looking.)

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01/09/2020 9:30 AM

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01/09/2020 1:14 PM

I would hope that would make tailgaters think twice about following too close!

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01/10/2020 12:07 AM

Not the brightest idea...

I remember reading something in a car magazine when I was much younger, about someone who had a early 90's Impala- the big Caprice with a high output engine. Apparently the genius involved got hold of a Sidewinder missile and attached it to the car somehow. Net result; somewhere in a South west US desert area they left the road, and impacted a cliff significantly ABOVE road level.

The car was identified by the steering wheel emblem, not sure about the rocket. The driver? Teeth fragments.

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01/11/2020 3:48 PM

I think the flying Impala turned out to be an urban myth...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JATO_Rocket_Car

Mythbusters tested out the idea...

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