What can we expect from 'Extreme Machine' week on 'Daily Planet'?
The name says it all! All of the hosts and producers scoured the globe looking for the baddest, weirdest, fastest, strongest machines they could find. And if they found something that was all those things, they made me drive it. I’m just glad that I am still here to talk about it!
What is the most extreme machine you come across this week?
How does one compare a jet-powered ATV, a 600 HP rock buggy, a massive rock drill, or and gargantuan barge used for paving the bottom of the Mississippi River? They’re all outrageous.
But if I have to pick one, I guess it would be the 600 HP rock buggy in Alabama. This custom-built vehicle is designed to blast up impassable hillsides, including vertical sections, at high speed. Nothing could prepare me for the first ride – it was a thousand times more terrifyingly intense than anything I expected.
What was your favourite vehicle to drive?
The most fun was flying the AT-6
Did you feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed at all my any of the machines that feature?
Overwhelmed is close to the case for pretty much everything. Imagine being deep underground in Alaska in a dark, wet gold mine, and someone throws you the keys to a jumbo rock drill and tells you to get to work. Of course, it wasn’t exactly like that. The jumbo drill didn’t have a key. Just a LOT of power.
But you don’t have a lot of training to prepare for these machines. Each one presents its own unique thrill and challenge.
In one of the films you feature in this week, you drive a jet-fuel powered ATV - it took a while for the ATV to set off, were you afraid with the fire burning behind you, that you weren't going to go anywhere?