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My Black Brick

Keeping a '92 Volvo 240 Wagon on the Road & Other Automotive & DIY Musings

Can’t Kill It

A brick lover has to be careful when searching YouTube with the term “Volvo 240”. It seems like half the videos involve groups of teenage boys hooning their car into the ground… or off the ground, flying through the air to the music of Rammstein.

The rollover at 5:35 is pretty bad ass. None of the glass broke. Keep watching to see in slo-mo.


Pregnant pause

When my wife went into labor with our first daughter we didn’t have a car. We got a taxi to pick us up at 6AM in Hoboken for the short trip through the Holland Tunnel to a hospital in NYC. The contractions were painful enough that her shouts concerned the cab driver, and I felt like we were in the middle of a TV trope.

Good to know that if it ever happens again, we can just fly our brick over the Hudson river, like this couple in “Håkan Bråkan & Josef“.


Two minutes of Gone in 60 Seconds

In 1974 movie goers were treated to Gone in Sixty Seconds, one long chase scene expanded into a full-length feature film. The movie barely had actors; it was just stunt drivers skidding and careening around, smashing fruit stands and plate glass. In this clip, we see the final jump sequence, repeated twice in slow motion, then once in real-time. By Jerry Bruckheimer’s standards it’s pretty tame, but at least it’s a real car and not a CG cartoon, like the one used for the final jump in the 2000 remake.

BONUS: James Hetfield flies down the hills of San Francisco in Metallica’s “I Disappear”.


More Jumping Bricks

Looks like the jump didn’t kill this 244; the tree did.