While it may not have unfolded in a perfect manner, after six months of preparation, Bryce Menzies made history by jumping his off-road truck 379.4 feet over a New Mexico ghost town to set a new truck distance record.
The project, entitled “Bryce Menzies New Frontier powered by Pennzoil® Synthetics,” saw Menzies launch ramp-to-ramp in his Pro 2 (two-wheel drive) race truck, soaring past the official Guinness World Records distance record of 301 feet as well as the unofficial record of 332 feet. An adjudicator for Guinness World Records was on-site to verify the distance and authenticate the new record.
Upon completing the record jump, Menzies and his crew continued to train as they decided to try and beat their own record live on Red Bull TV. Unfortunately, Menzies experienced a crash during one of the final training jumps, preventing him from moving forward with Saturday’s 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.
“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.”
For the jump, Menzies piloted his two-wheel drive Pro 2 short course truck, which boasts 900 horsepower and more that 500 lb.-ft. of torque, over the frontier ghost town located in New Mexico.