Stunt­man to jump he­li­copter

Central and North Burnett Times - - MONTO SHOW 2014 - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CLYDE MEL­ROSE

HIGH RIDER: Stunt­man David Rus­sell is look­ing for­ward to his per­for­mance at the Monto Show on the weekend.

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