Stuntmen thrill crowds with monster show

18/6/2011    SM''HMS Sultan Summer Show 2011 in Gosport, pictured is Big Pete's Monster Trucks which was the main attraction. The Grim Reaper truck crushes and jumps over some cars''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112183-17)
18/6/2011 SM''HMS Sultan Summer Show 2011 in Gosport, pictured is Big Pete's Monster Trucks which was the main attraction. The Grim Reaper truck crushes and jumps over some cars''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112183-17)
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Monster trucks roared through the rain at HMS Sultan’s Summer Show, crushing cars and thrilling thousands of onlookers.

The Royal Navy training base in Military Road, Gosport pulled out all the stops with its annual summer show with displays from the likes of Big Pete’s Monster Trucks.

The 7.5-ton trucks had head-on crashes, took part in drag racing, drove over cars, and performed a host of other stunts, to the delight of the crowd.

Courtney Lewry, 16, of Balfour Close, Gosport, said: ‘The trucks were amazing – they were massive and crushed cars like they were nothing. It was so exciting to watch.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it before. That’s what I love about coming here, you get so see so many things that you wouldn’t anywhere else.’

A group of motorbike riders, The Imps, performed a range of jumps, tricks, and formation and fire stunts at the event held in aid of the Royal Marines Charity and local charitable causes.

Paula Bridgeman, 49, of Melville Road, Gosport, said: ‘I couldn’t believe how young some of those bikers were, they were very impressive.

‘They are really skilled, and their show was easily the best one.’

Fire stunts were performed by horsedrawn carriages, Chariots of Fire, and the Royal Navy’s parachute team, The Raiders, dropped in from the sky from 5,000ft.

And HMS Sultan Volunteer Cadet Corps took part in gun field demonstrations – much to the excitement of 68-year-old Robert Pearson.

The resident, who lives in The Fairway in Gosport said: ‘My grandson is part of the group that performed the gun demonstration and even though everything here is great, seeing him up there was definitely the highlight of my day.’

Visitors could also go inside tanks, helicopters and fire engines.

Lieutenant Andy Young, who helped organise the show, said: ‘We’ve had lots of people come and visit and we’ve raised a lot of charity money.

‘The monster trucks were by far the biggest crowd-pleaser.’