Autopia’s favorite Rocket Man is coming to a TV near you.
Bob Maddox, of jet-powered bike building fame, let us know he’s set to appear as a “jet engine expert” on this Sunday’s episode of Mythbusters. He can’t tell us what he did – or even whether his jets appeared on screen – but we’ve got a pretty good idea of where his expertise came into play.
The episode, Swinging Pirates, takes on two myths. First, they crew builds a replica of the swinging “cage of bones” found in Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Unless they strap a jet engine to it or throw it from a plane, we doubt our friend Bob will be involved. In the second half of the show, however, the team tests whether it’s possible to ride a “whoosh rocket” — in this case, a wheeled 55 gallon drum filled with four gallons of methanol and set on fire.
Now that sounds like Bob Maddox.
The DIY daredevil first crossed our radar at about 50 mph on a rocket-powered Schwinn bicycle. A cabinetmaker by trade, Maddox has turned into a builder of pulse jets – giant tubes with a reed valve, spark plug and fuel pump that produce thunderously loud thrust. Since then, he’s been strapping pulse jets on everything from drag racing cars to his own body.
Maddox now makes a living from selling his jets on his website, and is trying for a land speed record for a pulse-jet powered vehicle. In the meantime, he’s enjoying his time spent with the cast of one of his favorite television shows.
“After working with them for three days I can tell everyone that unlike most all reality shows, the Mythbusters show is really real,” Maddox said. “They build all this stuff themselves, and yes they are just like they seem on TV.”
Photo: Bob Maddox
Via Wired Autopia: http://www.wired.com/autopia/