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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gyrocopter man around the world flew back into UK airspace for 1st time in 5 years!


Gyrocopter man around the world Norman Surplus who recently flew back into GB airspace for the first time in five years!

Together with his gyrocopter, Norman has caused a media stir while recently crossing the US and previously traversed 18 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia since he started in 2010. While flying across the world Norman crossed forest fires, severe thunderstorms, arid deserts, even a dip in a Thai lake. 

When he reached Japan he hit the Russian bureaucratic wall as they barred him form crossing into their airspace. in 2014 he decided to ship the gyrocopter to the US west coast from where he restarted his sojourn earlier this year.  In addition the long flights over open ocean, for such a short range open cockpit aircraft with limited instruments for guidance, posed extra dangers for Norman.
Norman Surplus & gyrocopter arrives home  Larne, N. Ireland coast Aug 11 2015 (photo John Butler) 
Speaking about his and he can speak at length in an entertaining way Norman said "Great hospitality and local welcomes awaited in many of the stops along the way thanks to our “virtual” ground crew, local people found online in advance and volunteering at each stop to assist in the basics of helping me along the journey to the next stop, rather like a human baton in a relay race."

Norman completed the last leg of his journey when he arrived n Scotland (Stornoway airport) in early August. He flew into Stornoway after a 7,000 mile open cockpit flight across North America and Atlantic via Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Norman then fly on to Oban and then home to Larne, N. Ireland.  The last leg of his journey was a particular challenge because he was exposed to low temperatures and unpredictable weather in the far northern hemisphere. 

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015




This covers some of the wheelie / top speed action and many weird and wonderful vehicles bidding for UK and world speed records at the 10th Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship. 30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion.  The new world wheelie champion is Gary Rothwell from Liverpool who achieved a a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie. Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Becci Ellis from Scunthorpe, England.  The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015 was organised by Trevor Duckworth and the Straightliners Events team. Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Winners of the Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship / Top Speed 2015 announced

The Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship / Top Speed event came to a close at 5pm Sunday 16th August 2015 at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. England. The over all winner Gary Rothwell from liverpool who achieved a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie.
World Wheelie champ 2015 Gary Rothwell in action (photo Phil Evans)
30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion. Here are the exact result of the top three:
  1. Gary Rothwell riding a Hayabusa Turbo 197.879 MPH
  2. Egbert Van Popta from Holland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 195.805 MPH
  3. Paddy O'Sullivan from Ireland riding a Suzuki GSXR 189.822 MPH
Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Beckie Ellis from Scunthorpe. Here are the results of the top three, all from the UK, riding the most powerful bikes:
  1. Becci Ellis riding a Hayabusa Turbo 259.542 MPH 
  2. Jack Frost based in N. Ireland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 254.457 MPH 
  3. Les Marsh, Europe's fastest grandad biker, from Cleveland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 245.622 MPH
Speed champ 2015 Becci Ellis waiting for the 'off' (photo Phil Evans)

There were a whole range of strange vehicles were put through their paces for the top speed section. They included a jet powered shopping cart, a motorised garden shed, the worlds fastest toilet and one of the most powerful motorbikes in the world at 8,000 CC. The top speeds for some of these unusual vehicles were
  • The motorised, shed designed, built and driven by Kevin Nicks form Oxfordshire did a top speed of 70.7670 MPH
  • The jet powered shopping trolley, designed, built and driven by Matt LcKeown form Plymouth, did a top speed of 55.8575 MPH
  • The Millyard Viper V10 8 driven / rode by Allen Millyard form Berkshire, who took five years and £30,000 to design and build the bike, reached a top speed of 182.511 MPH
There is no official top speed registered for the worlds fastest toilet as it was just taken for a run!

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners which is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth. You can get more information here http://www.straightliners-events.co.uk/event/events/world-wheelie-event.html

Media enquiries to 
Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com

Some media coverage here


http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/motorbike-championship-hopeful-reveals-marmite-9857167

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2015/08/article/2015-motorcycle-world-wheelie-championship-results/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-33951868

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-08-17/70mph-motorised-shed-attempts-world-record-at-elvington/

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/?ref=rss

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/13600379.Crowds_gather_to_witness_world_speed_records/

https://motortorque.org/articles/gardener-completes-attempt-to-break-world-record-for-fastest-shed/5

http://motorbikewriter.com/new-world-wheelie-champ-reaches-197mph/   

http://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/local/a-wheelie-great-event-1-7415724

http://www.mototriti.gr/data/news/preview_news/10o-Pagkosmio-Prwtathlhma-Soyzas_106314.asp