Stunt rider Andrew Campigli practises jumping cars ahead of the Chuwar Baptist Church’s Flood Appeal Street Party this Saturday.
Stunt rider Andrew Campigli practises jumping cars ahead of the Chuwar Baptist Church’s Flood Appeal Street Party this Saturday. Claudia Baxter

Baptism of fire for stunt novice

HE MAY be new to the world of stunt riding, but motorcyclist Andrew Campigli won't let that stop him from attempting death-defying feats of bravery on Saturday.

The 20-year-old will be a star attraction at this weekend's Flood Appeal Street Party when he attempts to jump up to 10 cars, an act shortly followed by jumping his bike through a wall of fire.

Mr Campigli got the gig by default, with the rider who was supposed to be making the jump pulling the pin at the last moment.

By a stroke of fate, the 20-year-old's sister lives next door to party organiser and Chuwar Baptist Church pastor Jay Beatty and the rest was history.

The Karana Downs resident started practising the stunts about a week ago in preparation for the weekend and has little doubt he can pull them off.

“I'm very excited, but also very nervous, as anyone should be,” Mr Campigli said.

He said he was very much at home on bikes, having raced them since he was 10.

“I'm very much into this sort of stuff,” Mr Campigli said.

“It is a rush. Anything to get the blood pumping. This sort of thing keeps me sane.”

Retired stunt rider Sherri Schafer, who is also part of the Street Party program, now restricts herself to the ‘safer' world of monster trucks.

The machines will be showcased in all their glory on Saturday, jumping and crushing cars.

The Bundamba grandmother retired from stunt riding a decade ago, when she turned 40, with her last bike jump at the Ekka.

“I retired from jumping and got a nice safe job as a postie, then I got cleaned up by a kid in a car while I was on the postie bike,” Ms Schafer said.

“I had 51 broken bones and it took me three years to recover.”

“Now I have gone back to something safer and drive the trucks.”

The street party kicks off from noon at the church grounds at 230 Mount Crosby Road, Chuwar.



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