Car crushing and stunt bikes draw crowds to Castletown fair

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Big wheels wowed the crowds at a Monster Truck show which proved a car-crushing attraction at Castletown funfair.

The Grim Reaper and Big Pete took each other on for a tug of war in the Monster Truck arena at the fair, as well as crushing cars and caravans.

Big Pete in action

Big Pete in action

In addition to the giant trucks, visitors to Nobles Funfair, on land just behind Sainsbury's, enjoyed bike entertainment from the Xtreme Stunt Team featuring seven times European champion rider Dan Clark and Jack Curthy, who is a world champion on the push bike trial bike.

Michael Murty, who drives 7tonne Big Pete, the world's biggest working monster truck, said: "We've had a great weekend. On Saturday we crushed ten cars and a caravan in total and the crowds seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.

"We've had some great feedback so far."

The trucks will be back at the daily funfair next weekend for more car crushing.

The Grim Reaper and Big Pete monster trucks

The Grim Reaper and Big Pete monster trucks

Michael said: "We tour all over the country from the beginning of summer, from the top of Scotland down to the south of England and appear in all sorts of shows, from steam shows and royal shows to funfairs.

"Monster trucks are really popular at the minute with kids because of the Blaze and the Monster Machines cartoon. Although we can't allow kids to sit in the cars, they can meet the drivers and pose for photos with the trucks."

Speaking about the stunt bike team, who will also be returning next weekend, he said: "The stunt team are unique in that they use two styles of riding: trial bike and an urban push bike. "They really pit man against machine and see if the man on the push bike can do what the stunt bike can do."

The Monster Truck and Trial Bikes Shows will take place from noon to 4.30pm next weekend on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October, 30.

The Grim Reaper at Nobles Funfair

The Grim Reaper at Nobles Funfair

The shows are being held as part of the Nobles Funfair, which is at the Castletown site daily for the half-term holidays until Sunday, October 30

Entry is £5 until 5pm and £1 from 5pm to 8pm. Family tickets, which are priced £15 for four people, are available in advance from the Skiddle website.