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May 5, 2022

Amazing Photographs of Daredevil Jimmie Lynch and His Death Dodgers From the 1940s and 1950s

Jimmie Lynch, automobile daredevil and stunt car performer, began his career in the 1930s. He and his troop of Death Dodgers toured the country crashing cars and entertaining the public. They jumped over cars and trucks, smashed through flaming walls, and sent their vehicles tipping over on two wheels. Lynch himself was famous for riding on the hood of a “horse car,” which he steered with hydraulic cables.

Though rollovers, crashes and stunts were basic elements of daredevil thrill shows, Lynch also promoted automobile safety. He performed tests for the National Safety Council and educated the public on how and how not to drive.

Lynch’s shows for Dodge served to advertise the many advanced design features that made the 1939 Plymouth his choice to survive the severe abuse inflicted on the cars in those performances, including the famous “Roll of Death” in which the car did a full roll over the roof. Lynch would remain loyal to the Chrysler Corporation throughout his career as a daredevil.


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