Moore ready for record stunt attempt

Crazy? Sure enough.

But, Tyler Moore notes, "I did stupid stuff before I met Bob."

Bob is Bob Hanna, aka Dusty Russell, aka one of the last living and active daredevils, the motor behind the daredevil thrill show making its fifth appearance at the Port Angeles Speedway this week.

Moore, a 25-year-old lifelong native of Sequim, used to jump his truck plenty and ride motorcycles hard.

How hard?

He had an accident three weeks ago on his bike that put him in the hospital - that he doesn't remember.

"I'm fine now," Moore insists.

That's good news for Hanna and the thrill show fans, as Moore and company prepare to break a quarter-mile track record with a 120-foot dive bomber jump.

The dive bomber is the pièce de résistance, the epic end to a night filled with superfluously dangerous stunts. After an exhaustive menu of flames, crashes and rolls, the dive bomber speeds around the track once, twice, thrice - or as many times as needed to whip the crowd into a frenzy - before launching off a ramp through the air toward a row of previously mangled cars.

Moore was working on Hanna's rig last year at a buddy's auto shop when Hanna sank his show-hyping hooks at the young daredevil-to-be.

Moore took him up on it and joined the cast of thrill show members. After Ted Hutt performed the dive bomber in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Moore took the role last year and saw his car soar 96 feet.

This year, he needs to up the ante a little.

"We're going to put

things on the end (of the ramp) to angle it up and hit it faster," Moore says. "It was kind of weird - gravity just pushes down on you (but) the moment you're off the ramp, you're weightless. I take my hands off the wheel and ... go along for the ride."

With little safety gear other than a helmet and a harness, the driver is at the mercy of how his car lands.

As for advice, Moore says his promoter doesn't need to say much.

"(Bob) keeps it pretty simple: Go wide in the corner, hit the ramp and hope you land on the cars," Moore says.

Last year Moore was going about 50 mph off the ramp; this year, he's aiming for close to 60.

Hanna brings back old-time thrill show favorites from the years he was running around with famed stuntman Joey Chitwood and his daredevils in the 1950s, including the motorcycle firewall, the outlaw

T-bone (another one of Moore's events), the ice wall crash and the domino crash.

But the one the crowd has to wait for seems to be the biggest crowd-pleaser.

Last year, after 96 feet in the air, Moore left the car without major injury.

"My mom did say that she was crying a little bit last year (but) most of my family was laughing about it," Moore says.

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