Sunderland prepares for return of Extreme Torque

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WEARSIDE is set for two days of screaming exhausts, squealing tyres and death-defying stunts this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Extreme Torque Show takes place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday and Monday in an area of Nissan’s Sunderland site which will be transformed into a huge outdoor arena.

Preview of the Exteme Torque event being held at Nissan, Sunderland on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Preview of the Exteme Torque event being held at Nissan, Sunderland on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Monster trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil will battle it out to prove who is 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.

Among those showcasing his BMX skills will be 17-year-old Karl Southern, one of the country’s leading freestyle riders.

The former Farringdon Academy pupil has been riding professionally since last summer and can’t wait for this first performance on home turf. He said: “It makes me want to perform better, because it is in front of a home crowd.

“I love it – when I’m not riding in a show, you will find me down at the skate park, riding my bike and now I’m being paid to do it.

“And I get a real thrill from knowing people are watching me. A lot of my friends and family are coming down, so I want to put on a good show.”

This is the second year Nissan has played host to the Extreme Torque Show and organiser Anthony Anderson is hoping it will become a fixture in the Wearside calendar.

“We are really trying to establish this as a fixture for the North East,” he said.

“The reaction last year was excellent and we’re hoping we will get as good a response this year.”

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 extremeeventseurope.com