Above: Lessons learned from his crash just nine years before are evident with Larsen tucked safely in his streamliner. The full-face helmet would have saved Freds face and head from those 180 stitches after his wild salt slide. The trouble with a rear-engine car [is] you have no sight pattern, says Fred. Youre sitting so far forward, you dont know whats happening back there. Thats why I built a slingshotmy streamliner. If the rear wheels move an inch, your butt moves an inch and a quarter.