th images menu user export search eye clock list list2 arrow-left untitled twitter facebook googleplus instagram pinterest cross photos plus triangle-down triangle-up

Top Gear Philippines

If you're viewing this on a mobile device and can't see the video, please click here.

Top tip: a sure-fire (ha) sign you’ve overworked your engine is the eruption of smoke and flames as it explodes through your hood. And the sudden halting of any forwards motion, plainly. 

That’s precisely what happened at the National Tractor Pulling Championship in Bowling Green, Ohio, a couple of months ago to a semi known as “Jacked-Up”, minus, weirdly, a lot of smoke and flames. 

Driver Jack Kielmeyer was at the wheel when, mid-run, the truck’s entire engine exploded outwards and upwards through the top of the hood, more or less destroying the truck’s entire front end. Apparently the only bits of the no doubt massive motor left in the engine bay were the crank, rods, and camshaft. Most spectacular mechanical failure you’ve ever seen? 

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 


TopGear.com
full bio
View More Stories About
engine drag racing truck accident trucks Americans
Sign up for EXCLUSIVE AUTOMOTIVE UPDATES!
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Latest stories
Close

Forgot your password or email?
Reset your password or look up your email
If you need further assistance, email us athelp@topgear.com.ph