Daredevil attempt at blindfold record

AN Ipswich man is attempting to break a land speed world record – wearing a blindfold.Daredevil Mark Bell wants to beat the current blindfold record of 89.

AN Ipswich man is attempting to break a land speed world record – wearing a blindfold.

Daredevil Mark Bell wants to beat the current blindfold record of 89.9mph and raise money for British Blind Sport in the hair-raising process.

Mr Bell, of Renfrew Road, who has ten years' biking experience, said: "It is a big challenge and I feel I would like to attempt it. I saw an advert in Motorcycle News, so I rang and got the details.

"I am really looking forward to giving it my best shot because I think it is a worthwhile cause. The adrenalin will really be pumping."


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The 31-year-old will receive full training on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Donnington race-track to familiarise himself with the bike before practising with the blindfold over short distances on the grass.

When he is fully ready for the challenge, he will be one of several people attempting the record, which is measured by the average top speeds over two runs and confirmed by an independent adjudicator.

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It is being filmed at Elvington race-track, Yorkshire, by the BBC's Record Breakers programme on three dates over the coming months.

Mr Bell, who works in road maintenance, needs to raise £1,200 by three weeks before one of the dates in order to attempt the challenge.

If you would like to sponsor Mr Bell or have a business logo on his bike or shirt, please call him on 07881 996108.

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