Jet-dragster guy recreates rocket-car urban legend

Remember the urban legend about the guy who strapped a JATO rocket to his 1967 Chevy Impala and drove it into the side of a cliff at 300 mph? Paul "Hot Rod" Stender built a 10,000-hp salute to that guy.

Stender, who's best known for his 367-mph jet-powered school bus (and lesser-jetted port-a-potty), affixed a cruise missile engine to the top of a well-worn 1967 Impala, already powered by a Chevy big block V8. Naturally, Stender and his cohorts The Indy Boys, added a bit of stagecraft — a prop rope dangling off the front to make the build look extra redneck. From which government surplus auction Stender got the missile engine from, we don't know.

We also think Stender's top-speed claim of 300 mph is a bit, you know, optimistic, but we'll be front and center with a Natty Ice when he decides to give it a shot.

What's next? Converting a Cold War era Russian fighter jet into a land-speed car Stender says will reach 800 mph. That's what.