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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 06:46 GMT
Stuntman wants to jump again
Eddie Kidd on his Power Trike
The new motorised wheelchair can be taken "off road"
The former motorcycle stunt rider Eddie Kidd, who was left severely injured after an accident, says a British invention is speeding his recovery.

Mr Kidd, who was hurt in an accident five years ago, is using a motorised all-terrain wheelchair designed in Royston, Hertfordshire to satisfy his thirst for mobility.

"Because I've got brain damage, normal wheelchairs aren't any good to me. But this one has changed my life, and changed it a lot," he said.

The accident left him with severely restricted co-ordination and speech.

"I am hoping to jump again some day," he told BBC News.

Eddie Kidd before his injury
The stunt rider was injured after a jump in 1996

Mr Kidd was injured at a Hell's Angels rally in Warkwickshire in 1996 when his motorbike crashed into an incline after jumping across a drag strip.

He hit his head on the motorbike tank and was dragged down a 20-foot embankment.

Mr Kidd was a top stunt rider in his prime, winning the stunt bike world championship in 1993 over Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel.

He also jumped the Great Wall of China at Simatai in 1993, the only person in the world to tackle that jump.

Great Wall

He has done bike stunts in several movies, acting as a double for Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye and Roger Moore in Bull's Eye.

The PowerTrike was built by PDQ Mobility and invented by Vincent Ross, who is also a wheelchair user.

Mr Ross has already won a 5,000 BBC Tomorrow's World inventive individual award for the trike earlier this year.

Eddie Kidd
Eddie Kidd starred in several movies

The product uses a simple coupling system to transform any manual wheelchair into a three-wheeled vehicle.

The motorised wheelchair can reach a top speed of 11 mph and can tackle gravel, grass and steep gradients.

Mr Kidd said he is still spurred by the ambition to walk, ride bikes and jump buses again.

His partner Olive Reynolds, told BBC News Online: "It's a bit worrying, but if that's what makes him happy, when he's ready to jump again we'll stand by him."

He is taking physiotherapy twice a week and can ride a quad bike, which he hopes will eventually lead to a motorcycle.


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