ONE of the biggest displays of death-defying extreme sport is heading to the Sunderland next month.
With three diverse arenas showcasing everything from car drifting monster trucks, Extreme FMX to urban sports BMX and Parkour, the Nissan Extreme Torque Show will have it all.
For one day only, Nissan’s Sunderland plant will host the extreme extravaganza, welcoming the latest talents and global acts to show the North East what they’re made of.
One star of the show is Sunderland’s own Karl Southern, who is one of the country’s leading freestyle BMX riders.
The 18-year-old, who will also be starring in an upcoming ITV documentary about his career in sport, has spent the past year travelling round Europe performing to thousands.
Karl, who attended Farringdon Community Sports College, said: “It’s definitely been a crazy year, I’ve been spending weeks at a time in countries such as Germany and Holland getting to do what I love.
“Germany was really a different level, everything just seemed bigger. The training facilities and space for performing was unbelievable and I can’t wait to visit again.
“Coming home to Sunderland after such a busy time away is brilliant, there is no better feeling than performing to a home crowd. Although it does put the pressure on!”
“On top of everything we’re also constantly adding to the show and making it bigger and better. This year we have a brand new attraction called the Free Drop.
“This gives people the chance to jump from a suspended platform onto an air-filled bag, becoming part of the show themselves with all eyes on them.”
The Nissan Extreme Torque Show takes place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, July 5, with an area of the Nissan site converted into a huge outdoor arena and track for the world’s finest bikers, BMXers, truckers and performance car specialists.
Monster trucks and crowd-favourites Lil’Devil and Extreme will be causing mountains of mayhem in the Torque Arena, while headlining the Extreme Arena is street bike team Two Brothers Racing.
A head for heights is a pre-requisite for the Extreme Freestyle team as they fly through the air displaying cliffhangers, nac nacs ,supermans and backflips to name a few of their exciting tricks. The Urban arena will showcase the best of BMX riding taking pedal power to the max, while also treating visitors to the sport of parkour, watching jumpers expertly propel and somersault onto platforms and over obstacles.
Karl added: “There are only a few people in the world who can perform the stunts that we 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.”
For the hardcore petrol heads, the drift Championship will be taking place all day courtesy of The Drift Outlaws Judge basing the winner on line, angle, speed and show factor. Visitors can also view the pit area, getting close and personal with machines and drivers.
Karl added: “It’s a really fantastic event with something for everyone from little kids to petrol heads and extreme sports fans.
“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!”
l Tickets for the Nissan Extreme Torque Show cost £15 and £7 for concessions bought in advance or £17 and £8 on the door. They are available from www.extremeeventseurope.com.