A stunt car show lasts about two hours . The first part includes all the numbers on two wheels using the Fiat 131 and Ritmos. The second part uses cars to be demolished in flip-over and crash numbers. To begin with, the 131's make a number of criss-crossing passes on 4 wheels to introduce the programme and to make sure the cars are working properly. The next stage consists of 2-wheel numbers where the cars drive the right wheels on to a wooden ramp about 3.50 long and 70 cm high. When the cars reach the end of the ramp they continue along the track on just the left wheels. The 131's drive side by side in this position and make numerous numbers: slaloms, crossovers, acrobatic numbers with up to five riders grouped in various position on the bodies of the cars. This number, HOLER Togni assumed me, can be done with every kind of car. It is even possible to drive on the right wheels with a left-hand drive but this complicates the number considerably. Under "normal" conditions (when the car is resting on the wheels on the driver side), the driver can off-load weight of his body on the left shoulder supported by the seatbelt fixed to the door strut. With a left-hand drive car, though, the driver is suspended and must find a way to stay nicely anchored without losing control of the car. In this case, he stretches out the right leg and finds a contact point on the front passenger seat while his left hand looks for a supporting position on the left door strut. The left foot is used for the accelerator while the right hand is used to steer. The second part of the show, as I mentioned, offers flip-overs and violent crashes with other vehicles. For these numbers the stuntmen use cars to be scrapped which are bought in the city where the show is held. For flip-overs, the same ramp is used as for 2-wheel numbers. The car approaches this at speed, lifts onto its right wheels and turns over once or twice. In film takes, on the other hand, flips are done at high speed (more than 100 Kph) and for this the stuntmen need lots of space and no spectators. Another type of flip over is reverse. During these numbers, explain HOLER, the driver uses abdominal safety belts which allow him, when the car touches the asphalt with its roof, to stretch out on the right so that he is not crushed by the bodywork. This simple trick could be useful for any driver whose car flios over. If his reaction time is fast enough and if he is cold-blooded enough, he will stretch out completely on his side on the seat and thus limit injury from the accident. The last part of the show offers crashes in the real meaning of the world. The car, helped by the speed gained from a sloped ramp, will reach a speed of around 100 Kph and crash into another car. If the number is done to perfection, tha car travelling at speed will slice off the top (roof anf windows) cleanly of the target car. Another number calls for a high speed crash against the side of the target car. If it is done correctly, this latter will spin on its axis. Peraphs the most exciting moment is when the 2 metre trampoline is placed on the track. The car is covered with petrol and is driven at speed up the trampoline. At the top of the trampoline there is a torch which sets the car alight. The car, covered with flames, travels a good number of metres and falls onto a pile of other cars. A variant of this number, even more spectacular, requires the Car-torch as it flies off the trampoline, to collapses a pyramid of 5-6 cars. I have summarised the main numbers in the show, now let's have a look at how the car are prepared.