The Feb. 22 launch was to be Hughes’ highest yet; he was attempting to travel 5,000 feet into the air. (Photo via pixabay user anomitasarkar70)

The Feb. 22 launch was to be Hughes’ highest yet; he was attempting to travel 5,000 feet into the air. (Photo via pixabay user anomitasarkar70)

In 2002, daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes successfully jumped a Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine 103 feet at the Perris Auto Speedway in Riverside County.

The stunt landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest limousine ramp jump, beating a previous 75-foot jump Hughes made in Las Vegas. He seriously injured his back when a mountain of car tires intended to cushion his landing separated, and he crashed into a wall.

Hughes was never deterred. But after years of close calls, the 64-year-old Hughes met his end Saturday when he was killed during the launch of a homemade rocket gone awry outside Barstow.

Los Angeles Times article here

Originally posted on LCT Magazine

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