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Sammy Maloof is a man of many talents, and as such, he’s lived a fairly storied life thus far. He is also a man who credits God for helping him live the life he has, because it wasn’t always on the straight and narrow.

Sammy grew up involved in a number of different “hobbies,” making a living early in his life three ways – illegally street racing, arm wrestling and bare-knuckle barn fighting, and en…….

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Sammy Maloof is a man of many talents, and as such, he’s lived a fairly storied life thus far. He is also a man who credits God for helping him live the life he has, because it wasn’t always on the straight and narrow.

Sammy grew up involved in a number of different “hobbies,” making a living early in his life three ways – illegally street racing, arm wrestling and bare-knuckle barn fighting, and engine building. It was God who told Sammy he needed to follow a slightly different path to unlock his true potential.

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“I’m a big time Christian,” Sammy Maloof says. “I’ve got to give credit where it goes. On my way to a street race for $2,000 at a place called Kevin’s Burgers in Canoga Park, CA, God said if I quit street racing, he’d give me a race car. That night, I quit… Two months later, God gave me a race car and I’ve raced that car for 36 years.”

Maloof was a pretty prolific street racer in his day. He used to earn $2K-$5K a week at it. Obviously, he never quit racing, but he quit using his talents in nefarious ways. There were plenty of other callings his talents would be well-suited for.

“God never told me to quit racing,” Maloof says. “He told me to quit illegally street racing. He never told me to quit fighting. He told me to quit fist fighting. He never told me to quit arm wrestling. He told me to quit arm wrestling for money. I took all my gifts and talents and I used them in the movie industry as a Hollywood stunt man for over 25 years. And, I’ve had my race car shop for 37 years.”

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Sammy’s 25 years as a stunt man has been chalk full of fights, falls and fire, but his specialty is vehicular stunts. His IMDB page features tons of movies and TV shows such as Rush Hour, Wild Wild West, Enemy of the State, Three Kings, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Fugitive, Swordfish, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Burn Notice, Charlie’s Angels, and Transporter 2 – to name only a few. “God has given me a gift in driving,” he says.

Two of Sammy’s standout driving stunts were one from 2 Fast 2 Furious and one from the TV show Ice Road Truckers – both of which require serious skill due to the danger involved.

“In the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious, I was the cat driving the convertible Corvette that was never supposed to flip,” he says. “When the 18-wheeler ran over the Mustang in front of me and I hit it driving the Corvette, it went straight up in the air, flipped …….

Source: https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2021/11/eotw-635-cid-big-block-chevy-na-engine/