He might have been influenced by the movie Lawless, based on fact, where the Bondurant brothers, brothers Jack (Shia LaBeouf) and Forrest (Tom Hardy) find themselves unexpectedly out of gas on a tense drive out of Franklin County, Virginia.
They’re booze-running bootleggers, and after emptying a jar of moonshine into the tank, their car was back up and running.
That happened during the Prohibition period, when illicit homemade whiskey was a means of making a dollar out there in the wild west.
Moonshine varied in potency, ranging from a weak 63 proof to a mule-kicking 190 proof.
To power a car, moonshine must have an extremely high alcohol content, at least 150 proof or 190 proof for best results.
There’s no mention of how powerful Mike’s Tito and Burnett vodkas were, but it’s pretty clear that Red Bull has zero alcohol.
Famous US racing driver Bob Bondurant, now aged 88, is the son of Jack Bondurant, one of the moonshiners, who became famous, or notorious, for his ability to outperform the police drivers trying to catch him.
His moonshine must have had an off-the-planet proof value.
By the way, you can buy Tito’s Handmade vodka in Australia. Dan Murphy’s has it for $57 per 700ml bottle.