SUNDERLAND teenager Karl Southern will be the ‘torque’ of Wearside over the next Bank Holiday weekend.
The 17-year-old former Farringdon Community Sports College pupil is one of the country’s leading freestyle BMX riders and will be performing when the Extreme Torque Show comes to Nissan.
As well as BMX, the show will include demonstrations of monster trucks, motorbikes and drift racing and the freestyle running sport of parkour.
Karl is looking forward to showing off his moves. He said: “It will be incredible to perform in front of a home crowd.
“I am fortunate enough to make a living out of something I love and it has already taken me all across the UK and Europe, so it’s great to be performing in Sunderland in front of friends and family.
“There are only a few people in the world who can perform the stunts that I do. My signature trick is the 360 quad bar spin, where I spin the handle bars four times in mid-air.
“A lot of it is showing off but it’s always fantastic to hear the huge roar from the crowd.”
The Extreme Torque Show takes place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, with an area of the Nissan site converted into a huge outdoor arena.
Monster trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil will battle it out in the Monster Arena to prove they are the best car crushing monsters in Europe while in the Bike Arena, petrol heads will be showcasing incredible tricks including wheelies, burnouts and stoppies.
The Extreme FMX teams will be tearing up the track with their death-defying stunts including the can can, cliffhanger and kiss of death while the BMX Arena will see the Freestyle team attempting to out-trick each other with bunny hops, barspins, 360s, tailwhips and backflips.
Running throughout the day will be Extreme Drift displays in which drivers manoeuvre across a set course and are judged on their line, angle, speed and showmanship. Massive in Japan and the USA, drift racing demonstrates the agility and skill of some of the world’s finest drivers and their cars.
All performances are staggered and repeated throughout the day so there’s no risk of missing any of the action.
Also on Sunday, May 25, there will be a selection of live bands performing after all the live motorsport action has finished for anyone wanting to stay around and enjoy refreshments from the bar.
“It’s a really fantastic event with something for everyone from little kids to petrol heads and extreme sports fans,” said Karl.
“We are talking about the world’s best performers in freestyling and motorsports. Every single person is an expert at what they do and you will see some amazing things. It’s very rare to get something of this quality with this variety of performers in this country.
“I can’t wait!”
Tickets for the Extreme Torque Show cost £15 and £7 for concessions bought in advance or £18 and £8 on the door and are available from www.extremeeventseurope.com