High adrenaline action and burning rubber return to Wearside this weekend for the third instalment of the Extreme Torque Show which promises a day of high-speed entertainment for all the family.
The Nissan plant, in Washington, will host an extravaganza of chaos and destruction during an action-packed day from 11am until 5pm on Sunday.
Visitors will have a choice of three areas suiting all tastes, including the urban arena, which features a mix of street sports, from BMX to parkour.
The press were yesterday invited along for a preview of this weekend’s event, sampling a number of stunts and experiencing drifting first-hand.
The Extreme BMX team features Sunderland lad Karl Southern, 18, who spends six months of the year with pal Aidan Horn, 22, touring the UK and Germany. When at home he can often be found training at Silksworth skate park, having been given a BMX bike aged 11.
“It’s just great knowing that people get a buzz watching me ride my bike,” Karl said. “When I get to come to my home city it’s an even bigger buzz for me.” The Extreme Arena features an array of stunts on two wheels as bikers perform a wealth of gravity-defying tricks.
Last year we had about 10,000 people. We’ve got even more going on this year, and if the weather is good that helps to, so we should get a good turn-outAnthony Scott
The Torque Arena is one for those who get a kick from destruction, with 1,500 horsepower monster trucks Lil’ Devil and Extreme crushing everything in their path.
Monster truck-driving Glenn Wise has 16 years’ experience in manoeuvring the giant vehicles.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking at first, but you get used to the size,” the 47-year-old grandad-of-eight said. “It’s just like driving a car to me now.”
And 50 cars from across Europe will take part in an international drifting competition, courtesy of the Drift Outlaws, with drivers happy to show off their machines in the pit area.
Fun fair rides, food and craft stalls and live music will add to the family atmosphere. Joint organiser Anthony Scott, 50, from Extreme Events, became involved after touring Europe and Dubai as a drift driver. “Nissan approached me three years ago and its grown every year,” the 50-year-old,said. “Last year we had about 10,000 people. We’ve got even more going on this year, and if the weather is good that helps to, so we should get a good turn-out.”
Also present at the event will be full-time basketball freestyler Andrew Wilding, 24, who at the press launch set three world records.
He managed 29 ‘round-the-worlds’ with the basket ball in a minute – beating his own record of 28. He then spun the ball balanced on a toothbrush in his mouth for 34 seconds – smashing his previous world record of 28 seconds. Thirdly he smashed the record of 55 ‘figure of eights’ record, held by a rival, managing 64.