Stunt cars, buggies and monster trucks arrive at Sunderland Nissan

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PETROL-head pops can get the ultimate treat at Sunderland’s Nissan plant next weekend.

The factory will hold a one-day stunt and drift racing extravaganza on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 16.

Sunderland Echo Business Reporter Kevin Clark has a preview of the Extreme Torque event that will be held on Fathers Day at Nissan.

Sunderland Echo Business Reporter Kevin Clark has a preview of the Extreme Torque event that will be held on Fathers Day at Nissan.

Motorsports fanatics will be able to see 30 of Europe’s most impressive drift cars battle it out to be crowned Extreme Torque Champion 2013 in an event hosted by Hartlepool-based Extreme Events Europe, while the Freestyle motocross team, fresh from performing in the Red Bull Nationals, will pulling off a huge array of tricks.

Monster truck fans will be able to feast their eyes on the Guinness World Record Holding 2,000-plus horsepower Lil’ Devil.

Driver Glenn Wise is looking forward to the day and said the crowd would be in for a treat.

“It is just great fun,” he said. Crushing cars beneath the massive truck’s tyres never gets old. “After I went over the first set of cars, I just wanted to do it again and again and again,” he said.

Glenn has overturned the vehicle half a dozen times or more but still can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

“I have rolled it six or seven times, but it is just good fun,” he said.

“I am fully surrounded by roll bars, so I am probably the safest person out there.”

Mechanic Steve Flaherty used to drive the monster truck himself and said it was a more physically intense job than people realised.

“The first time I was in one, we hit the cars and took off, and I thought ‘This is okay’,” he said. “But then we landed and I thought ‘This is not okay at all’.”

As well as four-wheel fun, the two-wheel crowd will be able to get their fill of thrills too, with Two Brothers Racing street bike freestyle team performing stoppies, wheelies, burnouts and donuts along with other amazing stunts.

But it’s not all about the internal combustion engine. BMX and mountain bike teams will perform a variety of skills and tricks and be joined by free runners who will propel themselves through a range of obstacles.

There will also be impressive vehicles on display from various car clubs and, for the first time in the North East, the Nissan DeltaWing, which competed at last year’s Le Mans 24-hour race, and the Nissan GT-R GT3.

Extreme Event bosses Ian Batey and Anthony Anderson have more than 50 years’ experience between them.

Ian was obsessed with cars growing up in Blaydon, and then one day, his dreams came true.

“A motor show came to town, and I basically ran away with the show,” he said.

“I started off doing motorbike wheelies and then graduated to jumps. I used to do 18 cars.”

Anthony came into contact with the firm when he was working for a promotions company and soon came on board full-time.

“It just developed from doing the advertising for the show,” he said.

“We thought we could do something a bit more extreme, a bit better,” he said.

Tickets are priced at £14 adults and £6 children available from www.ticketweb.co.uk, or tel. 08444 771 000.