My friends and I built some really strange things when we were young. But we never got that far out!
Ours were hard to laugh at even if you did believe it was the Beater from Hell. It is real hard to laugh at vanishing tail lights
My last entry into the Beater Brigade was a '56 Chevy with 4 colors of primer over some of the blue paint on the car. Seat covers shredding etc. No pipes showing but the little 6 cylinder one.
Also the one time it was actually on a drag strip it did 9.85 at 135mph in the 1/4 mile on street tires. Oh and the strip was at 6000 feet of altitude to help that time out.