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It's mayhem; THRILLS AND SPILLS,: STUNTS BY THE DOZEN AND A HUMAN CANNONBALL.

Byline: VICKY ROBSON

DAREDEVIL stunts and monster truck smash-ups brought some adrenalin-fuelled family fun to Tyneside. Hundreds of fans gathered to watch deathdefying acts of motoring mayhem at a monster truck show at Newcastle's Gosforth Park's racecourse yesterday.

Scores of people turned out for Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show to witness cars being crushed, human cannonballs and amazing motorcycle jumps through flames.

The action packed line-up involves all-terrain buggy jumps, fire stunts, monster truck destruction and two wheel driving displays.

There are also cars, buggies and quads, and some serious car crushing action from Thunder Trax - a military tank and monster truck, modified by the show's stunt team, into one mean hellraising machine.

Kevin Nixon, 29, of Tynemouth, in North Tyneside, took his five-year-old son, Joe, especially to see the human cannonball.

He said: "We've been to a show like this in America before, but not here.

"It's been great weather for it. Joe was looking forward to seeing the human cannonball and he absolutely loves stuff like this, so it's brilliant."

The cannonball is one of the show's main attractions where a stunt woman climbs up into a shoot before being blasted out into the sky and landing on a net below.

Others include quad bikes and motorcycles speeding through burning rows of hay laced with highly flammable liquid.

The rows are set alight in front of the audience and stunt women strapped to the front are rammed through the flames. Bikes race around the track jumping off ramps and fly through the air and cars are destroyed under the wheels of monster trucks, with the help of some spectacular pyrotechnics.

And a group of spectators daring enough to try one of the show's mega monster machines also got the chance to win a ride in Europe''s only ride-on monster truck, Slaine.

The thrill-seeking truck is fitted with 10 seats in the back to take the lucky competition winners for the ride of their lives around the track.

Show organiser Scott May has just returned from a monster truck tour across New Zealand and is back in the UK where his team are set to travel around the country until September.

The 33-year-old, from Cornwall, has been touring with his stunt show for almost 20 years.

He performed his first stunt with his dad in 1991 for charity and now takes the front seat in two-wheel driving displays and fire acts. Scott said: "The show is just really good fun. It's great family entertainment for all ages and it's just fun for all of the family.

"This is our third time in Newcastle and it's great to be here again.

"We've always had a fantastic attendance here and the crowds are great.

"We do try to add new things into the show but it's kept pretty much the same and is nonstop from start to finish.

"We've just come back from a tour in New Zealand. We spent four months there and it was just incredible."

Other exciting features of the show involve fire, including a human torch, pyrotechnics and a stunt clown, who bounces around the makeshift arena causing trouble.

The stunt team demonstrate their skill and precision driving throughout the show by performing a range of dangerous jumps.

A second monster truck, Bandit, also rolls in to create more carnage as the 90 minute show gets going.

Stunt driver Gareth Routledge, aka Harry Love, said: "We have a combination of non-stop action involving motorcycles, cars, two wheel precision driving, crashes, fire stunts and clowning for the kids.

"Everything obviously has a measure of risk and it looks very dangerous to the onlooker, but we know what we are doing."

Another show of monster truck mayhem will take place at the Newcastle race course, in Gosforth, tonight.Gates open at 6pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the gate for cash only and cost pounds 10 for adults, pounds 5 for children.

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PACKING THE ACTION: Joe Nixon, five, from Tynemouth, enjoys the fun, top, while motorcycle riders demonstrate their skills WHEEL DEAL: Scott May''s Daredevil Stunt Show comes to Gosforth Park, Newcastle
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2010
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