Launching Car Off Cliff in Alaska
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Epic July 4th: Cars Soar in Alaska

Published January 7, 2024 at 7:36 PM

Nestled near Anchorage, Alaska, the Glacier View River Retreat unveils a quirky July 4th tradition: propelling cars, trucks, and RVs off a 300-foot cliff in a spectacular display.

This eccentric custom originated in the early 2000s when a moose collision left a mangled vehicle to be creatively disposed of, setting the stage for an annual spectacle.

In a region that treasures nature, the aftermath sees the remnants of the launched vehicles responsibly sent for recycling.

This unique Independence Day celebration combines elements of Evel Knievel's daring stunts and the thrill of a Demolition Derby, capturing 100 percent of the audience's awe.

While other towns revel in fireworks and hot dogs to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, Alaskans flock to Glacier View River Retreat to witness the gravity-defying car launches.

The process is hands-off, as revealed by Arnie Hrncir, one of the founders, who shared insights into the two launch tracks utilized.

Adding to the spectacle, the cars are adorned with vibrant and sometimes quirky paint jobs. Some hail from as far as Reno, Nevada, forming a Caravan of Carnage, while others showcase community pride.

Originating in 2005, this event, born from a totaled Volvo and a rock in the trunk, has evolved into an "F Day" celebration—Freedom, Faith, Family, Food, and Fun.

Post-celebration, the cars find a second life as they are loaded onto 18-wheelers for recycling, aligning with the event's commitment to honoring America's natural beauty.

This unique blend of adrenaline and environmental consciousness ensures the Glacier View Fourth of July Car Launch stands as a testament to Alaska's distinct Independence Day festivities.

Credits: Car and Driver
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