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Joana Fidalgo | Engineer


19 January 2022

The speed picks up as we reach the bottom of the hill and we quickly start climbing again. Unlike my unsuspecting passenger, I know what lies ahead. We are now going up the last hill of the Alpine Circuit at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, which is where Bond flipped his Aston Martin DBS seven times in Casino Royale, earning the stunt driver a new world record and probably double vision for a couple of days. My right foot stays planted: the jump is coming.

As we leap over the crest, we become airborne. You never notice tyre roar more than when it suddenly isn’t there. Silence reigns, my passenger merely wide-eyed mid-flight, at least until he shrieks with surprise, and grabs at his notebook to stop it flying from his hands. The instant we land I stand on the brakes. I know the road turns hard left and I don’t much feel like spearing through the barriers ahead of us. I look at the red-faced German next to me and wait for his reaction. He laughs: ‘I didn’t see that coming from a girl!’

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