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You Spin Me Right Round – Guy Martin’s WOD

    Photo Credit: Guy Martin’s Wall of Death: LIVE – ALL4

    Photo Credit: Guy Martin’s Wall of Death: LIVE – ALL4

    File this under “because he can”.  For some it seems  the ominously named “Wall of Death” isn’t quite dangerous enough. In the spirit of Crocodile Dundee (You call that a Wall of Death? Now this is a Wall of Death!), British motorcycle celebrity Guy Martin  decided to build a better Wall of Death and by better we mean bigger not filled with angry, hungry crocodiles  because that would certainly not be better. The purpose of this supersized WOD  salad bowl was to go faster and Guy really wanted to go faster. A typical Wall of Deaths, if there really is such a thing , is between 20 and 36 feet in diameter and the speeds attained within its vertical and cylindrical surface are around 20mph but to go faster without the centrifugal forces pulling your eyeballs down your nose you need to build a much larger WOD. The WOD built for Guy Martin was 387 feet in diameter.   That is a lot of wood but in exchange for the sacrifice of so many trees Guy – after warming up on an Indian Scout – whipped around the custom built apparatus at just over 78 mph which puts him together with the world’s longest floating bridge just opened in Seattle, WA as the two most recent inductees to the Guinness World Record book. And due to the fact that if a tree is ridden upon in a hangar and nobody watches it did it really happen, the whole thing was broadcast on the BBC.

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