There was once a man who wanted to be the greatest stuntman in the world. It was the dream of a man with very little formal education. However, his skill at showmanship and affinity for danger made him a moderately successful stuntman in Canada during the 70s.
Ken “the Mad Canadian” Carter likely would have been forgotten were it not for the internet. A documentary on what would have been his greatest jump—a mile-long jump in a rocket car over the St Lawrence river—has been shared by the Canadian Film Board on Youtube.
The documentary, made in-period, is a fascinating looking into an extreme example of following your dreams. Completing this stunt would have cemented him as the greatest stuntman ever.
What does this have to do with the average gearhead?
Should you go out and jump a car a mile? if that’s your dream, chase it, right?
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Gearbox Magazine is about taking skills you’ve learned from working on cars, relationships you’ve built because of cars, and leveraging it all in pursuit of a goal or dream.
That goal can be as simple as running a lower E/T or faster lap time. It can also mean moving from a job you don’t enjoy something more in line with your interests, skills and aptitude.
Is it jumping a car a mile? I don’t know, the sky is the limit, right?
I joined Gearbox Magazine because my dream has been to be an automotive journalist since I was a senior in high school. I spent a lot of time working crummy dealership jobs while I went to college—all the while spending my free time wrenching on my cars and my friends’ cars.
I finally made it as a tech writer for a company publishing automotive repair manuals. My first hint at what it meant to leverage all my skills as a gearhead.
When that tech writing job evaporated, I found myself at a crossroads.
I really wanted to keep writing for a living, but I’d picked up some video filming and editing skills along the way, among other things. Through the relationships I’ve made in the car world I have a friend who works for a large internet auto parts retailer. One of their predominant features is how-to videos to educate customers on repairing their own vehicles.
Do you see where this story is going?
I’m not just making this up. The skills you have and the things you learn on the job—and in your free time—are important. They matter. I had the skills and knowledge to capitalize on an opportunity. That’s taking gearhead mentality to the next level.
I can’t wait to inform and entertain.