Dose: See how a $15,000 gold-plated skateboard gets made
The golden skateboard is a true father-son project. New York City artist Matt Willet came up with the idea and enlisted the help of his dad, who works at Epner Technologies in Brooklyn. The company makes gold-plated components for NASA, but Willet had a different kind of transportation in mind than spaceships. On the latest episode of Dose, host Tim Brodhagen visited the Willets to see firsthand how they make 99.99% pure electro-plated skateboards.
Willet and his dad completely transform all the parts of a Shut Skateboards complete, progressing through copper plating, nickel plating, and finishing with the gold. The board is then polished to a mirror finish. The final product weighs nine pounds but it is completely functional, although Willet suggests keeping this board strictly as a wall-hanger. The $15,000 price tag probably has something to do with that.
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In this new episode of Every Third Thursday, Dave Lee introduces new Signal teamrider John Jackson. Every rider dreams of building a custom snowboard designed exactly to their specifications. John gets exactly that opportunity as we dive into building his Sierra Series pro model at the Huntington Beach Signal factory. John and Dave then head up to California’s Sierra Mountains during a late season snowstorm to test out John’s new custom pro model. What a way to close out another epic winter!
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Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck enter the final homestretch of their builds on this season of Drift Garage. Forsberg moves onto bodywork, wheels, and tires, sharing the importance of a proper alignment on his 370Z. Tuerck is ready for the Dyno and a fresh body kit, but not before adding a custom stout bash bar to his S13.
In between it all Forsberg shares how he keeps his Formula Drift competition car in prime condition year after year. Tuerck’s still got some finishing work at the body shop, but the next stop is definitely the track! Hit Tuerck and Forsberg below with questions and comments on their builds and check back in next Tuesday for their response. All the action of the final episode of Drift Garage at the track releases the following Tuesday, June 2nd.
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We've all heard the advice that when a bear is coming at you you're supposed to stand as tall as you can and roar at it. But how many of us would actually attempt that and not just run while shitting our pants?
Swedish badass Ralph Persson did the former and showed off how well that advice works. While out training a new hunting dog with his wife they encountered this bear and Persson out-roared the animal like the badass he is. Well done Persson, well done.
YouTube user OlegCricket may have just done the craziest parkour run ever caught on video. We're guessing it's somewhere in Dubai (because he's got a bunch of pictures from there on his Facebook). Regardless of where it is though, it's completely terrifying. Be careful not to lose your lunch when watching this.
You remember Jetman right? The insane jet suit-pioneering, flying-squirrel/human hybrid who blasts around the Dubai desert like the Rocketeer? Well, he's back, and this time he's brought his protege, Vince Reffet, along for an absolutely wild ride around the Palm Islands and infamous Burj Khalifa. The production values have never been higher and Yves Rossy's access to the Dubai skyline is almost unprecedented, so make sure take a deep breath, buckle up, and check this one out.
Want to watch a Nissan GTR face off against a Ducati 848 EVO on a winding mountain highway in Albania? Of course you do. It's insane. Just remember not to try this at home, however (assuming home is an Eastern European mansion with $75,000 high-performance toys sitting in the garage).
The boys jump in to answer those controversial questions about the paddle shifters on the 370Z and whether or not it’s an automatic, then it’s on to fans wondering about mounting blowoff valves on the intercooler, why Ryan doesn’t use a lightweight flywheel, what mods to make to an S13 with a swapped SR20DETT, how to convince a fan’s “mum” to intsall a twin turbo in her 2014 370z, and how to adjust caster and camber after installing suspension. Check in next Tuesday, 5/19 for Episode 5 of Drift Garage.