THIS speedy skateboarder is filmed racing down a motorway at over 60MPH. The daredevil sped downhill for two miles after building up speed with a tow from a high-powered bike. The skateboarder – wearing a speedsuit and aerodynamic helmet – then let go of the motorcycle and shot off down the A8 in Stuttgart, Germany. His pals then filmed the fearless German travelling at 62mph.
Cops have launched a hunt for the mystery speed demon – who they think is a professional stuntman. A video of the man was broadcast on German news channels after appearing on the internet. Police spokesman Uli Stoeckle said: “We put out an all-points bulletin and have received information that gives us useful clues to who the man may be. We are particularly concerned about copycats who may imitate the stunt, putting their lives at risk.”
The German magazine Stern said the skateboarder is a professional stuntman and takes part in international downhill skateboarding competitions. Stoeckle said the man faces charges for interfering with traffic safety and endangering motorists. Cops also said he would lose his DRIVER’S licence if he is caught and face a “substantial fine”.
There are no speed limits on German motorways but there are restrictions on many sections, especially steep and dangerous stretches. The section the skateboarder was using, between Stuttgart and Ulm, has an 80km an hour (50 mph) speed limit.
The smoothness of the road there was brilliant - you'd probably get to about 20mph here before hitting a pothole the size of a quarry!
Man catches best friend's horror road death on camera as they race motorbikes at 170mph 11th June 2009
A motorcyclist who filmed his best friend at speeds of over 170mph and caught his horrific road death on camera has walked free from court. With a camera strapped to his motorbike Fred Bowden followed Andrew Prowse as the pair broke the speed limit 30 times in just 20 minutes. Bowden was still filming after 25 miles when his friend clipped a car with his Kawasaki ZX10R and was thrown under an oncoming camper van. Mr Prowse, 46, was decapitated and died instantly. Flying wreckage from Bowden's motorcycle knocked Bowden off his own matching 1,000cc machine.
It later emerged that Bowden had been clocked during the chase on July 12 last year at a top speed of 156mph - but his speedometer had reached speeds of 170mph, Truro Crown Court heard. The court was told that Bowden was caught speeding 30 times - riding 70mph in a 40mph limit, 100mph in a 60mph limit and 124mph in a 70mph limit.
Bowden, a 42-year-old father-of-four from Helston, Cornwall, had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving but today escaped a jail term. He was given a 51-week jail sentence suspended for two years, fined £190 and disqualified from driving for three years. The prison sentence was suspended after the dead man's family asked the court to show lenience because he and Bowden had been close friends.
Sidney and Daphne Prowse said: 'What happened was not his fault. He is a man who would do anything for anyone. He is an extremely good man.' Judge Christopher Elwen told him: 'This wild ride came to an end with the tragic death of your long-time and close friend Andrew Prowse. What has been seen on the video was a prolonged course of dangerous driving with grossly high speeds and inappropriate overtaking. Motorists were alarmed and afraid for their lives. You will have to live with this for the rest of your life. In view of exceptionally powerful mitigation I will suspend the prison term for two years.'
Bowden, a car mechanic, had intended to take his son for a ride that day but Mr Prowse, his friend since school, arrived at his house and suggested they go for a ride. Mr Prowse, also of Helston, then fitted his video camera to Bowden's petrol tank and the pair raced along the A30 in Tolvaddon, Camborne. One witness told his passenger as they were overtaken by the speeding pair: 'Those idiots are going to die if they carry on driving like that'. Minutes later Mr Prowse overtook a Ford Mondeo at 100mph, clipped a hatchback and was thrown under a van.
In a horrific scene inadvertently caught on camera by Bowden, he became 'tangled up' in the vehicle's wheels and his legs and head were torn off. Off-duty St Ives policeman James Gallienne found a scene of 'blood and unrecognisable body parts' and immediately called 999, the court heard. The officer told a previous hearing: 'I could see a small video camera mounted on the fuel tank of the black bike - I could see it was still running.'
At an inquest into Mr Prowse's death, the couple driving the camper van, Michael and Julia Clements, said they were 'traumatised' by the accident. Mr Clements, an artist, said: 'That scene will stay with me for the rest of my life.'
Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:21 pm Post subject: Pikes Peak
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as the The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, a distance of 19.99 km (12.42 miles) over 156 turns, climbing 1,439 meters (4,721 ft) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway at 2,862 meters (9,390 ft) on grades averaging 7% over both gravel and paved sections.
In 1989, an award-winning short film about the 1988 event was released by French director Jean-Louis Mourey. The film, titled Climb Dance, captured the efforts of Finnish former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen, as he won the event in a record-breaking time with his turbocharged Peugeot 405 T16.
This clip I got from Fast Lane Daily who I have been subscribing to for a while now on YouTube, very handy for keeping up on the motoring news.
Evel Knievel is shown in his rocket on Sept. 8, 1974, before his failed attempt at a highly promoted 3/4-mile leap across Snake River Canyon in Idaho
Evel Knievel sails over 13 Mack trucks in the open-air Canadian national exhibition stadium in Toronto, Canada, on August 20, 1974
Evel Knievel's son Robbie successfully jumps the Grand Canyon, AZ on 20 May, 1999. The then world record jump measured 228 feet (some 68 metres)
In March 2010 Seth Enslow broke his own world record by jumping a Harley Davidson motorcycle 183.7 feet at Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia. Seth earlier broke the world record on his first attempt with a jump of 175 feet
X Games freestyle motorcross legend Mike 'The Godfather' Metzger sets a Guinness World Record with a 125-foot long motorcycle jump that included a back flip over a fountain at Caesars Palace on May 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fountains at Caesars were made famous by the legendary motorcycle jump attempted in 1968 by daredevil Evel Knievel
Ronnie Renner broke his own Guinness World Record for highest motorcycle jump off a quarterpipe at the Red Bull High Rise where he jumped 63 feet 5 inches above the ground on July 25, 2009 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois
Robbie Maddison jumps 322 feet at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, December 2008
Robbie Maddison leaping over the open span of London's Tower Bridge in July 2009
The Crusty Demons perform freestyle motorbike stunts over some Routemaster London buses near Tower Bridge, London, October 2007
A motorcyclist from the Hollywood based Filmka Stunt Team rides through fire during a stunt show in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China in 2006
British daredevil Eddie Kidd prepares to jump ten Radio One disc jockeys with his motorcycle at Brand's Hatch racing circuit, Kent, September 1978. The final DJ is Tony Blackburn. Kidd was the first to jump ten DJs at 80 miles an hour and thereby set a world record
Eddie Kidd leaps the 80 foot broken span of a railway bridge for the film 'Heavy Metal' at Maldon in Essex
Eddie Kidd jumps 14 buses for the world record in April 1978
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