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Roger Hickey: Gravity and Coyote Attacks

“YOU START OFF BY GOING SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR STANDING UP.” ROGER HICKEY LIKES SPEED.

The Gearheads host entrepreneur, world record-holding gravity racer, aerodynamic expert, inventor and coyote attack survivor, Roger Hickey.

If you’ve never gone downhill on a skateboard at one-hundred miles per hour, been mistaken for an alien craft, or lit off your dad’s fuel car in the garage at eight years old, then you’re not our guest on this episode. Much like the Highlander, there can be only one Roger Hickey, and by golly, are we stoked to have spent the evening with him. From his days as an undefeated gravity racer to his current quest to help a stock-bodies 1953 Studebaker run 400MPH, the guy has nerves of steel, and has broken more bones than Brad has read books. And he’s a ton of fun, too. Lots to learn in this episode, so buckle in, and enjoy this downhill blast.

THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • “Cheese Guard”/Cheese garden
  • Evel Knievel Lite
  • Coming out of retirement to compete for a world championship after winning twenty of them previously
    – “Your old shit ain’t gonna fly here”
    – One hundred miles per hour on a skateboard
  • Let that last one sink in
  • Early attempts at downhill on Kellogg Hill
  • Filming a GTE Superbowl commercial
    – Being mistaken for an alien
  • The case of the fuel car and the babysitter
  • “The boat story”
  • A history of speed in the family
    – Racing since three years old
  • “Control all of your variables and you can’t lose”
  • The high degree of concentration required in gravity racing
  • Researching and engineering in the pre-internet days
    – The school of “crash and learn”
  • The invention of Street Luge on Glendora Mountain
    – F1 car inspiration
  • Getting bit by a coyote at speed
  • “Every rule has an elastic waistband”

INNOVATION THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION

  • Portable skateboard ramps
  • Composites return to the podcast!
    – More pre-internet experimentation leads to innovation
  • Setting Electric Car World Championship records… and then some
  • The Hickey Law
  • The science and theory behind cryogenics
  • Running 326MPH on a 238MPH record with a stock-bodied 1953 Studebaker
  • 6.000 HP on bald tires
  • The modular streamliner design
  • Return of the Saltomasochist
  • “A chess match of nitro and exploding things”

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