Daredevil Gregg Godfrey Sets World Record With 166-Foot Jump in Semi-Truck

A man who loves adrenaline takes a nine-ton semi-truck on a world record jump.

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When you think of world record's that actually mean something you probably think of fastest 100 meter dash, or oldest person, or maybe the tallest. That is to say it's easy to overlook one of the most important of all: Longest jump in a semi-truck. A few days ago at Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Mont. (which is apparently what they do for fun in Butte, Mont.) daredevil/writer/producer/director Gregg Godfrey took a nine-ton rig and set a new world mark with a 166 foot jump, more than double the old record of 83 feet 7 inches.

Per Godfrey's Instagram account, he only intended to jump 140 feet, but was pleasantly surprised to be rewarded with an extra 26 for cheating death. (That's okay, just a higher number for you to aim for when you try at home.)

Since we think the above YouTube video's angle doesn't quite do the jump justice, we added two different perspectives via Godfrey, and Evel Knievel's official account below:

Makes you want to spend your next vacation in Montana, doesn't it?

[via The Verge/YouTube/Instagram]

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