Did you happen to see last year's Pepsi ad featuring Jeff Gordon scaring the pants off a used car salesman by taking a Camaro on an utterly crazy test drive? At the time, Travis Okulski from Jalopnik wrote a post denouncing the video as a fun watch that was also 100 percent fake. Okulksi debunked the video in a number of ways, ultimately concluding that Jeff Gordon wasn't even driving the car, and that everyone in the video was an actor.
Fast forward nearly a year to earlier this month when Okulski was picked up at a North Carolina hotel by a tattooed cabbie who confesses that he just spent 10 years in jail. The two of them are driving along when a cop pulls the cab over -- at which point, as Okulski puts it, "This is how NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon gets revenge."
The resulting video of this most epic of pranks is not only completely real, it's completely hilarious.
As you might have guessed, Jeff Gordon himself was disguised as the ex-con cab driver. Gordon does a good job of playing a guy who's so unnerved by being pulled over, he starts freaking out and banging on the steering wheel while shouting, "I can't go back man, I can't go back!" Then Gordon takes off with a squeal of the tires, as Okulski LOSES. HIS. MIND. Then things get really awesome (and by awesome I mean incredibly cruel), and it's all captured via hidden camera.
Check out the video, which kicks into high gear at the 3:00 mark:
Ohhhhhh man, I don't know whether to feel sorry for Travis Okulski or just die laughing at his (totally justified) panic. I love how he tries to kick in the divider and that he's clearly too freaked out to actually dial 911 with the phone he's holding.
Okulski has written a great post describing his reactions from his terror-seat in the back:
What was I planning on accomplishing? Not dying? Taking him down with me? Strangling him? I don't know. I just had to do something. What I do know is that I was incredibly polite to the man with my life in his hands. I always called him "sir" and said "please" a lot. I guess I did that because if you show someone respect, maybe they won't shoot you in the face later that day when you're tied up in his meth lab and he's planning on how to get rid of all the evidence
Just as I was able to say with total certainty that the first Pepsi Test Drive ad was totally fake, I can say with total certainty that this second Pepsi Test Drive ad is unequivocally, one hundred percent, totally, absolutely real.
Pepsi is lucky Okulski didn't have a heart attack and keel over dead during the chase, because it looks like it was a legitimately horrifying experience. Which is to say: funny as hell.
What did you think of this prank? Too evil? Or just the right amount of evil?
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