Auto enthusiast Jeff Bloch, also known as “SpeedyCop,” spent 3,000-hours transforming a real Vietnam attack helicopter into the “SpeedyCopter”. The project began in the summer of 2016, when Jeff and his crew spent about six months at his home in Southern Maryland, USA, completely revamping a 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Vietnam attack aircraft he managed to purchase for $3,100 in an online auction, to sit on a 1986 Toyota van chassis. “It’s not just street legal and race ready, it’s also fully amphibious. The 86 Toyota van that provided the chassis actually just gave us the front suspension,” said Jeff. Read more for another video of it in-action and additional information.
It’s powered by a 2002 Audi Quattro V6 engine, and the completed vehicle can reportedly do 0-60mph in an impressive eight seconds. Unfortunately, the vehicle caught fire last year on its way to an event in Philadelphis, but thankfully, there are no injuries to report. Jeff is also known for his other crazy creations, including the world’s first sideways Volkswagen camper van and even an upside down Camaro that still runs.
“Everywhere we took this helicopter people were amazed – they’d never seen, obviously, a road-racing helicopter before and certainly not one that was amphibious. And just the thought that this thing used to fly in Vietnam as an attack chopper and now was a street-legal race car that could go on the water – their minds were blown, it was fantastic!,” said Jeff.