Jaws drop as bike stunt­man lights up

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

HOME­GROWN dare­devil Matt Min­gay re­turned to the North to do what he does best: be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion.

The Townsville- born stunt­man, 38, and Aus­tralia’s top ac­tion sports ath­lete tore it up on the track over the three- day event en­ter­tain­ing crowds with his grav­ity- de­fy­ing tricks.

Min­gay dropped jaws with his sig­na­ture trick of rid­ing a Har­ley- David­son that breathes fire. He’s the only Aus­tralian stunt­man to pull off the stunt.

“I was brought up be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion and here I am many years later still be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion,” he laughed.

“It’s about burn­ing rub­ber, mak­ing noise and fire.”

Min­gay, who is based on the Gold Coast, con­tin­ued to shock crowds when he de­buted a stunt at the Townsville event with his gi­ant 600- horse­power Hot Wheels Jump Truck.

He is the only Aus­tralian Street­bike stunt rider to break Guin­ness World Records and work on block­buster films and com­mer­cials, in­clud­ing be­ing the stunt dou­ble for Tom Cruise in Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble II.

But it’s all about crowds for Min­gay.

“When we go out there, the crowd goes nuts for it and the cra­zier they go, the cra­zier we go,” he said.

“When the crowd starts to go wild, so do we.”

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