Question from Facebook follower Jon F:
“Machinery Pete, I have an off the wall question. When I was a kid in the late '80’s there was a man that came to the rodeo that was a daredevil act. He had an old combine that had been modified to jump a line of cars similar to what a monster truck does. It was called “the silver bullet”. I’m guessing that it was a gleaner. Have you ever heard of this? I’d love to find a picture of it or a video to show my kids. Thank you, sir!”
My reply: You mean this one?
Found this pic after little poking around online. Apparently it was also featured in a 1987 Coors Beer TV commercial, here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5Y8jyKNxw
Apparently the “Flying Combine” made it’s 1st jump in Fargo, ND back in 1985 at the Red River Valley Fairgounds in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000 folks. The machine had a drag racing car engine. I found a fantastic old Farm Show magazine article with more details from the Flying Combine’s maiden jump…over a classic car no less. Here’s a link to read more: https://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=3743
Jon F. was very happy to hear the story on the Flying Combine he remembered seeing as a kid:
“I saw it at the Ken Lance PRCA Rodeo. The arena is located east of Ada, OK. They put on a heck of show. I was probably 5 or 6 years old. Thanks for running it down! I’m a little disappointed that it isn’t a real combine though. But, it does explain a lot. I always wondered how it could stay together through that kind of a bounce. Thanks again!”