Anyone who’s a fan of the film Iron Man knows that Tony Stark escaped his captors in a desert by building the first Iron Man suit from weapon scraps. Genius, but quite impossible. Or is it? Meet Emile Leray, a real-life Tony Stark. He built a motorcycle from a broken car to escape the desert and ultimately live the rest of his life somewhere far off the nasty place.
Above: Motorcycle made from a broken car.
Emile Leray – a Real-Life Tony Stark
In 1993, due to Emile Leray’s work, he was required to travelled across the Moroccan Desert for a project. He was driving a Peugeot 2CV, and in his stash was just some extra 40 liters of fuel, water, and little food and a toolbox, along with folding metal shutters to act as shield in the desert heat.
Before the incident, Emile was warned by military officials to just abandon the project because crossing the desert is definitely unsafe even for locals. But Emile was adamant to continue his journey. Little did he know that he as on his way to becoming the real-life Tony Stark.
As he was traveling, Emile lost control of his car due to the bumpy terrain, and his car landed on a rock which bent the front wheel and broke the frame arm of the car, rendering it useless.
Night came and soon the sun rose, but Emile has no way to ask for help, being stranded in the middle of nowhere. This was back in 1993, where wireless telecommunication and GPS is not yet common, or haven’t been invented yet.
What Emile did to survive is to convert his broken car into a motorcycle with the help of his toolbox.
After surviving 12 days of hot and cold weather, including standstorms, emile managed to build a motorcycle which ran on gas. Pretty similar to what Tony Stark did when his life was in jeopardy, right?