Mike Bilina is no stranger to the pages of BangShift.com. We’ve covered his crazy, four speed, vertically wheelstanding 1956 Chevy at races from Bowling Green to Michigan and he’s back again today. Sure the wheelstand he does is cool but the really funny part of this video is Bilina’s crew guy taking a total face plant on the very well prepped track at Michigan’s Milan (MY-Len) Dragway. The crew guy steps out ahead of Mike to back him up and line him up into the tracks of rubber he had just laid down on the burnout.
Apparently the crew guy isn’t into tying his shoes ever day because he had those babies set up in “slip on” mode. That’s a quick way to leave the house and save yourself the arduous task of taking 30-seconds to tie your shoes but when you get onto a strip that has been fire hosed with VHT, you are 100% and completely boned as this guy found out. You’ll see him struggle for a second, lose his footing, and then make a kind of Jackie Chad dive out of the frame to the right side. He quickly pops up, collects his footwear and makes a break for the starting line. No harm, no foul, except for the level of internet fame he is achieving for his fancy footwork.
Oh…there’s a race car in this deal as well. Mike Bilina’s 1956 Chevy has become famous for pulling vertical wheelies, sometimes more than once on the same run. The car is setup to lever the front end into the air as soon as Mike lets the clutch out and because the track was so sticky at Milan, it performed perfectly on the hit. The thing goes straight up, lands like a pallet of lead, and then heads right back up for the rare are with the trunk lid flopping and the driver pulling the next gear. We flipping love that car! We’ll probably see him at the upcoming Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
PRESS PLAY HERE TO SEE MIKE BILINA STAND HIS STICK SHIFT 1956 CHEVY UP AFTER HIS CREW GUY FACE PLANTS ON THE TRACK!