Bikes fly and records fall at Greenwood

Bikes fly and records fall at Greenwood

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It's a miracle no one died.

Stunt performers did free-falls from hundreds of feet in the air.

One sat in an exploding car.

Motocross bikes flew more than 100 feet, breaking a world record.

A monster truck did back flips.

It was in your face.

It was dangerous.

It had plenty of adrenaline junkies and those who love to watch them.

Spectators paid for the whole seat but only needed the edge.

For nearly two hours Saturday night, the American Daredevils Legends Show had stunt performers risking their lives in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood.

The show boasted more than 15 stunts with demolition cars, motocross bikes and monster trucks.

Despite the dangers, no one was injured.

It was the world's largest stunt show ever and the most stunt men in the same place since Evel Knievel died in 2007, organizers said.

The night started off with Brian "Spanky" Spangler jumping hundreds of feet from a crane onto an air bag -- and he did it with a broken leg.

A Lincoln No-Coast Derby Girl and an Omaha derby girl set themselves on fire.

Asked how it felt after they sustained-1,500-plus degree fires, they said, "It was hot - it's fire."

The show featured Guinness World Record holders and X-Games medal winners.

"That was amazing!" yelled one boy from the grandstand, after four motocross riders did a train of back flips.

Jake Marten of Omaha brought his family to see the show because he loves to watch motocross racing.

He was happily surprised with the other stunts the show had to offer, too.

"They're crazy," Marten said of the motocross riders. "I wouldn't want to do it, but I love watching them do it."

Numerous world records were set Saturday night.

Trigger Gumm of Crusty Demons completed the world record for the longest motocross jump of more than 250 feet.

Big Mike Cook took the world record for the fire wall crash and Brian "Spanky" Spangler set the record for tallest crane drop.

Thanks to the numerous safety precautions, training and maybe a little luck, the guys -- alive and well -- were able to thank the crowd for coming out to the show.

"Kids -- don't try this at home."

Reach Jordan Pascale at 473-7120 or at jpascale@journalstar.com

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