Getting hurt and pushing the limit is the childhood of any young adrenaline junkie, but some rarely get to live out their dreams. Bryce Menzies is one person that has continued to seek the rush of driving a vehicle through just about anything. From racing in Abu Dhabi to Italy to Hungary to the more familiar landscape in Baja California, just this year alone Menzies has raced it all.
Breaking a world record is something few get to do in their life. Whether it be something simpler as being part of a sports team’s record-breaking giveaway or in Menzies case, wanting to break the distance for launching a truck, we all are chasing the dream of having our name in the record books.
To break the record Menzies would need to take his Pro2 to a distance of 301 feet and then past the unofficial record of 322 feet. With an adjudicator for Guinness World Records on-site to verify the distance and authenticate the new record, Menzies strapped into his 900 horsepower vehicle to take to the sky.
The scene was set with the help of Red Bull and Pennzoil, the crew set up to jump over a New Mexico ghost town. All the preparation had come down to practice runs before the nationally televised jump.
“I’m extremely happy with the outcome,” said Bryce Menzies. “We broke a world record, which is incredible, we went 379 feet flying a truck. This has been my dream and to see it come to life was surreal – it was one of the greatest moments of my life. I’m so glad I did it. I came away with a broken shoulder, that’s not bad at all, and I’m just glad I’m in the record books.”
Menzies had a crash during one of the final training jumps, preventing him from moving forward with the live event. While the truck sustained severe damage, the extensive safety precautions employed in the landing ramp, Menzies’ gear and the truck itself allowed him to walk away with only a broken shoulder. He was taken to a local hospital, assessed, and released the same day.
The jump meant more than just breaking a record, but symbolized both the progression of Menzies’ career and his leap into international racing. While continuing to participate in short-course and desert racing in the United States and Mexico, Menzies will extend his racing career into the international sphere.
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