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In honour of Australia Day on 26 January - commemorating the founding in 1788 of the colony of New South Wales - today’s Classics video celebrates fearless Aussie stunt driver Matt “Kangaroo Kid” Coulter.
Coulter achieved the Guinness World Records title for the Longest ramp jump - quad bike (ATV) with a 40.9 m (134 ft) leap over 14 Honda CRV vehicles at RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk, UK, on 17 April 2000 – soaring past his previous record of 35.06 m.
The daredevil started performing on four-wheeled motorcycles to “be a little bit different” – but these vehicles are more dangerous than normal bikes because they are twice as heavy and therefore much harder to control.
Luckily, the experienced stuntman has only seriously injured himself once, and wears a helmet, back brace and kidney protector during his terrifying exploits.
The current record for Longest ramp jump - quad bike (ATV) stands at an amazing 53.92 m (176 ft 11 in) and was set by Jon Guetter (USA) at the Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne, Australia, back in March 2008.
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