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Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 16, 2013 03:13PM
[mashable.com]
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 16, 2013 03:36PM
He always has been a flexible dude... Nice to see at 53, he's still in better shape that most 20-somethings.

Makes ME hurt just watching it, though.



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: November 16, 2013 03:53PM
That's nuts...
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: November 16, 2013 03:59PM
And it looks like those are the standard side mirrors...and he does it with his arms folded the whole time, so no chance to use them for balance. Very cool!



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 16, 2013 04:02PM
Space,

To say he's got balls of steel is an understatement! I saw a news broadcast about the video. 100% real in every sense of the word. Extraordinary on a _slew_ of levels!

Robert
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 16, 2013 04:31PM
He placed a LOT of trust in those drivers.



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 16, 2013 04:43PM
N-OS,

Read the accompanying story and a story in another link. He had platforms for his feet and safety lines. However, I don't care. Even if somewhat safe, it _still_ must have taken incredible trust and balls of steel!

Robert
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: graylocks
Date: November 16, 2013 04:50PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
He placed a LOT of trust in those drivers.

that was my first thought.



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2013 04:52PM
Are the truck backing up?

It could be just showing in reverse. Still, they clang!

But if that just doesn't seen possible!

<gulp!>




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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 16, 2013 05:04PM
Pretty amazing how he can do that. The pavement must have been very smooth to minimize any bouncing.

The trucks are going in reverse because it is far easier to stay a straight course using the truck's mirrors. The drivers use the line of sight along the lengths of the straight sides of the trucks to maintain a fixed distance and there is a pylon or something they are using to hone in on. They could not do the same going forward.



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Not so dangerous.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2013 05:07PM
…according to Volvo.

Volvo: We want you to to the splits from standing to full extensions while standing on the mirrors of two moving down the road.

JCVD: WTF?! Are you insane. You are INSANE!

JCVD's Agent: Easy peasy, you just stand there with the trucks separate. You'll be on little platforms, there'll be connecting safety wires. A little digital touch up and you'll look great, Bubala!

Volvo: Yes, perfectly safe. Our computer model predicts 97% success.

JCVD: I picked the wrong week to give up drugs.


Trés cool commercial.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Not so dangerous.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2013 05:07PM
Duplicate post.

I swear I don't know how I did that.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/16/2013 05:11PM by RAMd®d.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 16, 2013 05:08PM
Interesting, I think Speedy knows his stuff smiling smiley
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: November 16, 2013 05:21PM
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Speedy
Pretty amazing how he can do that. The pavement must have been very smooth to minimize any bouncing.

The trucks are going in reverse because it is far easier to stay a straight course using the truck's mirrors. The drivers use the line of sight along the lengths of the straight sides of the trucks to maintain a fixed distance and there is a pylon or something they are using to hone in on. They could not do the same going forward.

Interesting. The truck on the right is a tractor-trailer and stays straight. Only the easier-to-steer box truck on the left moves away from the straight line.

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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: morlock
Date: November 16, 2013 05:23PM
I could do that. Here, hold my beer...
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2013 05:24PM
The trucks are going in reverse because it is far easier to stay a straight course using the truck's mirrors.

While this doesn't diminish my appreciation for JCVD's clanging, it's very cool to this from somebody who know's exactly what they're talking about.

And it does help explain something I once saw. A 53' tractor-trailer was running late to pick-up a load and came into a "rolling" parking lot (as in the old drive-in movies) at a very brisk pace, made a left turn to get perpendicular with the dock, then backed up making a left turn to the dock ending up with a wall on his right just a few inches from the trailer, perfectly parallel.

This sounds like a piece o' cake and maybe it is for a decent driver, But even the backing was done very quickly, in just two moments that looked like one. Seriously, if he had been off just a bit, there would have been some serious damage. This impressed me much more than Hollywood endos.

Much smaller scale and now is the second coolest thing I've seen done with big-rigs.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 16, 2013 05:28PM
As a truck driver, I always preferred to back into a tight space rather than drive ahead into one. If you ever go to a truck stop you will see the trucks backed against the back line, all straight, separated just enough to swing open the cab doors. Much harder to do going forward because our eyes/brains need the cues that are available going backwards.

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Interesting, I think Speedy knows his stuff smiling smiley

When the Feds started requiring retesting of drivers during the implementation of the commercial drivers license requirements in the 1980's I took my test in my daily driver, a five axle semi truck-trailer belly dump (gravel hauler). I routinely backed up any number of times a day. So the first thing the license examiner had me do was back around a corner and end up next to a painted line without touching it. One shot, no correcting, and I was full length an inch from the line. He said, "You pass," and I was on my way without wasting his or my time taking the rest of the test. Not bragging, routine for all the drivers where I worked, backed around the corner, pass. I knew of no drivers who failed the entire test. The Feds quickly ended skills retesting and now concentrate on drug testing.

I can parallel park a truck on a street more easily than I can a car. I just need a bit more space. I once had people applaud me when I did this because they thought doing this in a truck must be harder than in a car. It's not.



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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/16/2013 05:56PM by Speedy.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 16, 2013 06:08PM
I'm guessing ONE of the reasons they're backing up in the commercial is that if he falls, less chance of going under the wheels if they're backing than going forward...



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 16, 2013 06:30PM
the muscles from Brussels. I just loved him in the original Universal Soldier.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: November 16, 2013 06:35PM
That's pretty cool Speedy.
I had the pleasure of driving a car with 20ft.trailer for 200 miles, while transporting long poles and whatnot.
I know what you say about driving in reverse. It ends up being easier, but the required twist in your brain -holy...
It was a great experience. Mad respects to pro drivers everywhere.



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: November 16, 2013 08:24PM
The trucks are going backgrounds.

Volvo admitted (without question) that he did have a harness around him, 'just in case' (and it was digitally edited out), but everything else was real, and the harness did not provide any assistance with the balance (It was probably pretty loose so he could be mobile as-needed.



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 16, 2013 09:07PM
Hi everyone,

This video from Volvo was released before the one with JCVD:

[www.youtube.com]

Robert
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 16, 2013 09:30PM
"JCVD: I picked the wrong week to give up drugs."


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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 16, 2013 11:53PM
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Robert M
Hi everyone,

This video from Volvo was released before the one with JCVD:

[www.youtube.com]

Robert

And they were driving forward in that one.

I'm convinced, where can I buy two of those trucks.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 17, 2013 08:00AM
Wow!

I have two 20 years+ Volvos that would put him to a real test if he could find purchase under the dust and grime.
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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 17, 2013 09:45AM
Here's the explanation video:
[mashable.com]



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Re: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 17, 2013 03:57PM
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JoeM
Here's the explanation video:
[mashable.com]


that's actually the same video, not the explanation
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