91-year-old Walter Thomas of Woodstock, Illinois, had just one final item on his bucket list.
He wanted to drive a car through a garage door.
Why? Well, Thomas said that he just wants to “live life to the extreme.”
“Every time I back out of the garage, I think about backing through the door,” he said.
He had mentioned his wish to his granddaughter and so she got things moving.
A relative had a garage that was going to get torn down anyway, so with the approval and assistance of his children and grandchildren, Thomas’s demolition derby dream became a reality.
According to WTVY, one of Thomas’s grandsons, Andrew, located an old car headed to the junk yard — a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo — to use for the stunt to prevent one of their own cars from getting damaged. A local car repair business donated the scrap yard-destined vehicle to make his bucket list dream come true.
To prepare for the stunt, the SUV’s air bag was removed from the steering wheel and a few points on the garage door were scored with a saw to ensure an easy exit for the SUV.
A small crowd of neighbors, friends and family members gathered — including his wife of 70 years, Dorothy — with cameras to record the event. Then, with his grandson seated beside him in a motorcycle helmet, at the count of three, Thomas, who was helmeted as well, hit the gas and the car crashed through the closed door.
“I hit the gas, squealed the tires and bang — we went through the door.”
When news crews asked Walter Thomas what was next on his list, he responded, “I don’t know what I could do to top it. [I’m] Getting too old to top anything.”