'Pitbull' jumps 10 cars for world record
Sunday, January 01, 2012 7:24 PM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Stuntman Henry "The Pitbull" Rife, returning to the scene of one of his worst crashes, successfully jumped 10 cars on an all-terrain vehicle Saturday night at the Rumble in Fort Wayne auto races to set a world indoor record.
Stuntman Henry “The Pitbull” Rife leaves the ramp on his first attempt Saturday night at the Rumble in Fort Wayne indoor auto races. Rife cleared nine cars, then returned to jump 10, setting a world indoor record on an all-terrain vehicle. (Photo by Kevin Lillard)
Rife, 43, of Van Wert, Ohio, broke the record on his first attempt by clearing nine cars. With the crowd egging him on, he returned six minutes later and easily jumped 10 cars on his modified Honda TRX 450R quad, landing smoothly and stopping several feet shy of the concrete barriers lining the race track at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.
The stunt was performed in conjunction with the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne midget races. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was bidding for his record-extending ninth victory later Saturday.
Rife crashed on landing last year at the Rumble, tumbling head over heels and suffering a fractured collarbone.
"I didn't want to repeat what I did last year," Rife said, "because I don't like to break dance."
Rife, who patterns himself after the late Evel Knievel, appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" in 2007, jumping six taxi cabs on 53rd Street in New York City. He performs 20-25 shows a year.