An Australian stunt motorcyclist, as already claims the distinction of being the world's least injured stunt rider, added a new record to his collection on Monday (19 November).
AERIAL VIEW: Crowd assembled in park near Brisbane with cars lined up in foreground.
CU AND LV: Johnny Fogwell supervising la last minute adjustments being made to take-off and landing ramps. (3 shots)
GV AND SV: Crowd watch as Fogwell sits on motorcycle (2 shots)
LV PAN: Fogwell making practice run towards ramp
AERIAL VIEW AND LV Crowd waiting for record attempt (2 shots)
LV PAN: Fogwell riding motorcycle off ramp and over cars.
SLOW MOTION REPLAY: of Fogwell's jump
MARKLAND: "It was in Keeanowa (phonetic) Park on Brisbane's outskirts, that 'Foggy', as he is known to his friends, met his greatest challenge so far. The young stuntrider said he was supremely confident, but it was clear at one stage that the rushed preparations this morning had left room for concern. Johnny spent some time going over the take-off and landing ramps and called for several adjustments before he was ready to mount his motorcycle. And as he moved off there was an air of tension in the park that affected every one of the two thousand people as had gathered to watch this young dare-devil. There were problems for Johnny -- the approach track over which he had to reach almost ninety miles an hour was rough, too rough really and the landing ramps was too short and too narrow --a small target for an airborne cycle over that distance. One hundred and seventy feet he had to clear, or he would plummet into the line of parked cars and probably die, as Robin Wintersmith did attempting the same feat last year.
The Straight distance record will wait until Johnny Fogwell has backers with money to build the right ramps. It stands at two hundred and twelve feet, created by a Frenchman as will spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair. But Johnny is willing to try for it."
SPORT: STUNT MOTORCYCLING
REPORTER: RON MARKLAND
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Background: An Australian stunt motorcyclist, as already claims the distinction of being the world's least injured stunt rider, added a new record to his collection on Monday (19 November). Twenty-seven year old Johnny Fogwell has only suffered two broken collar-bones and fourteen stitches during his risky career. Unlike many of his fellow stars his record leap over thirty-two cars received little publicity and was held in a suburban Brisbane Park rather that a big stadium. After successfully completing his spectacular, jump, Johnny Fogwell has now set his sights on the world distance record, taking on the well-known names of the motorcycle stunt world, Evel Knievel and Dale Buggins. Ron Markland of Channel Nine Brisbane watched Johnny Fogwell leap into the record books.