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'Welsh Evel Knievel' makes jump

Jason Rennie makes the 155ft jump
Jason Rennie managed a 229ft (just under 70m) jump nine years ago

A stunt motorbike rider labelled the Welsh Evel Knievel has eclipsed his American idol with a 155ft (47m) jump at a motorbike show in Denbighshire.

After the leap, Jason Rennie, from Wrexham, revealed plans to break the 394ft (120m) record for the longest ramp to ramp jump next year.

Until the event in Llangollen Mr Rennie had not jumped a motorbike for five years, choosing to race them instead.

According to Mr Rennie, Knievel's longest jump was 146ft (44.5m).

Describing the leap as "something special", Mr Rennie said it was as challenging as a big jump because of the confined space in the show, which took place at the Royal International Pavilion.

"I admired Evel Knievel. He was my hero and 146ft was his farthest ever jump so to beat his record is something special," he said.

"We're pursuing a really big jump of around 400ft (almost 122m) in Abu Dhabi next year - so that will be an enormous jump.

"I want to recapture the record for the longest jump - there's a couple of guys who have flown further since.

"With the ramp set up and design I have drawn up, I really believe we can do it quite comfortably."

In 2000 at the Rednal Airfield in Oswestry, Mr Rennie jumped 229ft (just under 70m).

His last major event came in 2004 when he jumped 161ft (49m) at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Despite being aware of the dangers, Mr Rennie said making the motorbike "fly" was fantastic.

"The feeling and elation, the chemicals running through my body are like nothing you could believe," he said.

"Once you're involved in motorcycle jumping you tend to know about all the other motorcycle jumpers - and that includes the ones who unfortunately have died.

"You're aware of the dangers, more so than the general public standing there watching so it does get the adrenalin going."

Also at the two-day show was Albert Wiggins, from Ruabon, Wrexham, who at 80 is still a motorbike trials rider.

He was presented with a special trophy, recognising his dedication to the sport, by the seven times Isle of Man TT winner Mick Grant.

The Motorbike Show also featured displays, expert advice clinics, a club corner and a live action arena.



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