YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In October, a California-based video production crew was in town, using the area’s abandoned factories as a backdrop for its “Automotive Viral Videos” — drivers doing crazy stunts with Utility Terrain Vehicles.
The video was produced by Mad Media of California. Its $1.5 million cost was paid for by three sponsors — Polaris, who makes the vehicle; Monster, an energy drink company; and BFGoodrich tires.
Earlier this week, the final version of the video was released and should show the Valley’s old buildings in a different way.
The seven-minute video begins in McDonald’s old Benyo Warehouse.
R.J. Anderson, a 22-year-old off-road champion from California, warms up his Polaris Rzr XP 1000 Turbo. The video segues to the old Republic hose plant on Youngstown’s east side — its buildings and piles of debris creating the scene the producers were looking for. It was also the setting of a jump through a window.
From Youngstown, it was on to LTE Rail in McDonald and its acres of abandoned trains. In the video, Anderson jumps over four trains.
The last stop was the former RG and Republic Steel plant in Warren, which is in the process of being demolished. Anderson drove around a crane working on the dismantling, used a slag pile to jump an earth mover, and his last jump was over the ruins where a building once stood.
The vehicles they used were modified versions of the ones sold on the market, and drivers wrecked three of them, which cost $100,000 each.
Mad Media is making a video with just the crashes and is also going to release a video of the speed record that was set on the Newell Bridge that connects East Liverpool with West Virginia.