Stuntman to jump helicopter
NOT all mothers would sign their son up to be a motorbike stuntman.
But David Russell, who will have everyone’s hearts racing at the Monto Show this year, claimed that is how he came to be Australia’s longest running professional stunt rider.
“I guess she thought some good could come of my time getting chased (on my bike) by the Melbourne cops,” David said.
He has spent the past 36 years in the job and has conquered many world firsts, including being the first man to jump a motorbike over a helicopter with its rotors spinning – a stunt he will be bringing to Monto.
Mayor Don Waugh said he was very much looking forward to seeing the feat, but councillor Paul Lobegeier was more sceptical.
“I think it will either have to be a very big motorbike or a very small helicopter!” he said.
This seemingly crazy idea came to David when he was bunkered down in a hospital bed after breaking his femur, ribs, and “every bone in the face”, among other things.
Thankfully, “nothing has gone wrong yet” with his helicopter stunt and, according to David, preparation and safety are becoming more important to him as he gets older.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier I think it will either have to be a very big motorbike or a very small helicopter.
When he is not whizzing through Monto’s fresh country air on his Suzuki RMZ 450, David hopes to check out the show’s other draw cards.
“I grew up around horses in Melbourne and I always enjoy seeing the show jumping.”
He has been through Monto before and looks forward to returning to the “great country town” he remembers.
HIGH RIDER: Stuntman David Russell is looking forward to his performance at the Monto Show on the weekend.