In the mid and late 70's there was a handful of snowmobile jumpers touring the US. This is one of Crash Moreau's jump taken place in Appleton, Wisc during the USSA oval race programs. Jim was jumping a 440cc Alouette Snowmobile with bogie wheels. A few years later Jim jumped 10 cars on his sled off an 8 foot high take off ramp. Other jumpers at the time was Perry Kerry, The Silver Bullit Randy Hill, Terry Star. A few years before there was a complete stunt show that had Polaris snowmobile performing many different stunts including jumps. If anyone has any material or pictures of this show please let me know.
The Flaming Divebomber was first done in 1972 on the new Deathriders Motorcycle Thrill Show that was out of Danville Illinois. The owner had the idea of setting a car on fire and than crash it into another car. Crash told Floyd Reed that he could do it even at the time he had no experience in big car crashes. Jim checked around with fellow stuntmen he had known threw out the years. One told him not to even try it another one who you would not likely listen to told him exactly how to do it and it was the same way that he was going to do it and it worked. Crash filled the trunk of a stock automobile full of hay and having someone set it on fire he would drive the car completely around the racetrack than leap it off a small ramp fly 50 feet thru the air landing onto of a parked car. After over 300 crashes he did get one injury of a small burn on his stomach when some burning hay landed on his lap while on fire so he couldn't get his seatbelt unbuckled. Crash was the first stuntman to do this act and also had more of this crash under his belt than anyone else. Others that had done this crash was Floyd Reed, Rusty Smith, Joe Byars, Danny Reed, and a few others that all worked for the Death Riders.
This is the cover, of the VHS tape that has been sold thru out the US, that you can see Crash Moreau perform in along with the Motorcycle Stunt Show of the 70's The DEATH RIDERS that was based in Danville Illinois. In this video Crash performed his one of a kind roll-over crash only wearing his crash helmit and cowboy boots. (THE NAKED ROLL-OVER). Oh! By the way the video is PG rated and was seen in the theaters and drive-ins starting in 1976 and 1977 before going to VHS. This is a real thrill show collector's addition for all fans if you can find a copy. Keep an eye out for this or the movie DEATH DRIVER starring Earl Owensby that also featured Crash Moreau and the Death Riders a year later.
With the first year of the Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show in 1972. Jim became the first succesfull jumper on the show. With the first jumper of Al Chebot crashing 4 of his first 5 jumps and going home with 2 broken collar bones nobody wanted to jump. After bugging Floyd the owner to buy him a 350 Honda motorcycle that he saw at a motorcycle shop out west and backing from Rusty Smith and Danny Reed he reluctantly agreed and bought the cycle on the condition that he would jump it every night. That night Jim went out and lined up 3 cars and jumped over the hoods, the next night he cleared 4, the next night it was 5 cars and from than on it was night after night of doing this stunt. After weeks of not crashing Mark Brassel wanted to jump so Mark became the next succesful jumper but he did hit long a few times and bent the frame of the cycle. This picture is of Crash jumping over the cars at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson in 1972 with Rusty "Squeeks" Smith laying on the hood of the car. This was the featured jump on the Death Riders that first year out.
The Dooms Day Chair was originally named the Russian Death Chair in the 60's and 70's on major touring thrill shows. Crash Moreau after years of performing the Coffin Of Death he went to work for The World Series of Thrills and learned how to perform this new explosive stunt from John Anderson who had performed this act for many years. The Dooms Day Chair is cardboard and tin foil structure that resembles a chair which the stunt performer kneels in back of with a charge of over a pound of explosives that is placed approx. 18 inches from his head and ignited tossing him several feet from where the chair had been. In the 70's you would use real dynimite but because of the government regulations you use what ever you can get your hands on today to blow it up. You may even put in Cremora or Coffeemate to get a firery explosion. Today Jim is one of a handful of stuntmen that can perform this act safely.
In 2002 Jim was granted the official right to be the only stuntperson in the United States to use the name CAPTAIN EXPLOSION. Jim holds the trademark name for use when he performs any of his exploding acts at county and state fairs and speedways of North America.
A picture of Crash Moreau's home where he was raised as a child and still has it as his home. Jim works out of his home and keeps all his equipment outdoors. In the winter time everything can be buried with up to 4 feet of snow. In the bottom photo some of his crash cars are burried in the snow. When the snow melts he is ready to travel the highways performing for the thrill show fans.
As you see Jim does not have alot of brand new equipment or expensive homes as he has never made the big bucks like everyone thinks he does performing as a stuntman. He has no big sponsors or finacial backers to keep him going like so many other shows. The State Of Maine has made it so hard for him to perform in the state he has to travel over 300 miles so he can start doing his thing which he has done for over 50 years.
The promoters that work in Maine expect Jim to work for less and have to pay more to perform in Maine than any other state that he travels to so Jim performs very little in Maine. Now the fans and people that Jim knows can not see what Jim really does for a living. The State claims all this is for the safety of the people, but in reality it is to line the pockets of the state.