Televised death stunt used custom-built Bury St Edmunds motorcycle
A daredevil motorcycle racer who smashed the world speed record on a purpose-built vertical wall had help from a Bury St Edmunds business.
Speed demon Guy Martin succeeded in breaking the ‘Wall of Death’ speed record live on Channel 4 on Monday night.
There is some controversy over what the previous record was, but it is accepted that Guy broke it on his first attempt when he reached 70.33mph.
His second attempt, however, left no-one in doubt as he hit an impressive 78.15mph.
For his first stunt Guy used a bike built by Krazy Horse, a Bury-based motorcycle dealership which specialises in customised bikes.
His second was carried out on a bike he built himself.
Curly Porter, Krazy Horse’s resident Indian and Victory motorcycle technician, built Guy’s modified production Scout Indian Motorcycle.
He said: “There have been two great feats here; Guy Martin smashing the record for the fastest speed recorded on the biggest Wall of Death this world has ever seen and Indian Motorcycles for making the initial record broken possible.”
He added: “We’re extremely proud and consider it an honour to have been given the opportunity to get involved with such an amazing project.”
Guy completed his challenges on a Wall of Death which spanned 40 metres in diameter.