I know many of you are sitting around thinking, "It's a spring Saturday. How can I stay indoors and kill some time without leaving my desk?" So I present to you The Devil At Your Heels. I believe it is one of - if not THE - greatest car documentaries ever made. And I bet you have never seen it.
I won't spoil the film for you and I don't do movie reviews, but in the 1970s, a craze swept North America. People would jump things with other things. Jump a motorcycle over a casino fountain? Sure, why not. Jump a bunch of double-decker buses with a motorcycle? Again, you bet! So along comes Ken Carter. The craziest of the crazy. And when you see the film, you will understand.
The guy announced that he was going to jump a car from Canada to the US. He found a spot where it would only be about a mile - give or take. And he got the Wide World of Sports to give him a couple hundred thousand dollars US to build the ramp (in exchange for the TV rights).
Was such a thing possible? Did he make it? You'll have to watch the film to find out. But I guarantee you. You will be entertained. This is a full-length documentary that followed the plan from its inception. And it is well worth the price of admission.
After all, it is free. Thank you National Film Board of Canada!
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Steve Lehto is a writer and attorney and has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation.
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