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Disabled stuntman's speed record bid

PUBLISHED: 03:56 03 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:27 03 March 2010

He may be completely blind and deaf but a disabled stuntman is sure to give Suffolk's Kangaroo Kid the ride of his life.

The gallant pair are bidding to smash a world landspeed record on a quad bike.

He may be completely blind and deaf but a disabled stuntman is sure to give Suffolk's Kangaroo Kid the ride of his life.

The gallant pair are bidding to smash a world landspeed record on a quad bike.

Daredevil driver Graham 'G Force' Hicks, who already holds two world records, has not let his disabilities take away his taste for danger after he set the record at a Midlands runway last year, reaching speeds of up to 104mph.

Elmswell man Matt Coulter, known by thousands as 'The Kangaroo Kid', will again be giving a helping hand and riding pillion as navigator.

But he'd better be strapped in - G-Force looks set to live up to his name as he is planning to hit breath-taking speeds in the region of 150mph!

The thrill-seeking duo have developed a touch-based system of communicating in their record attempt last year which after several runs was set at 99.26mph.

But that's not the only target the pair hope to break after amassing thousands of pounds in fundraising for Deafblind UK, a charity . Mr Hicks said he wanted to raise £100,000 for the charity that helps people who are both blind and deaf in his world record challenges on a quadbike...and a jetski

A host of guests motor sport stars will be witnessing the event due to be held on May 13 at Leicestershire's Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, including John Reynolds, British Superbike champion, and Martin Bennett, Fastalk presenter who will be commentating on the courageous bid.

The Kangaroo Kid paid a fulsome tribute to his fellow risk-taker.

"This is going to be such a terrific event," said Mr Coulter. "I was scared enough last year when Graham bombed me down that runway at around 100mph! Think I'll wear a parachute this year just in case! Seriously though, Graham's a superb racer and I'm in complete awe of this guy. He's deaf, he's blind but he is out there and giving it his all. He deserves all the support we can give him."

Big business has sped to back the pace-setting partners. Honda has donated a TRX400EX quad and a 1100cc Super Blackbird 152bhp engine - which Graham helped build to Supermoto specs. A long list of other companies have also backed the bid with sponsorship or donations.

G-Force hicks said his philosophy was simple.

"I'm going to do it," he said. "There's no point waiting for a cure for deafblindness - you've got to make the most of life while it's there."


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