CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

Australian stuntman Matt Coulter at the South of England Show

PUBLISHED: 10:14 17 June 2014

Australian daredevil Matt Coulter performs stunts on a quad bike, and he was at the South of England Show this month. Alice Cooke found out why farmers love him

Matt started riding motorbikes at the tender age of three, and was racing them by the time he was seven. 
“I raced two wheelers up until I got my first quad at the age of 15,” he says. “And then I started racing quads as well.” He found he was quite a natural: “I loved the quads and took to them very quickly, winning races from the start.”

So why quad bikes? “I had a three-wheeler on the family farm and when quad bikes came out I had a go on one and I was hooked straight away.”

Now near-permanently on tour with his stunt riding, he has been travelling almost non-stop since he won the Australian Quad Racing Championship at the age of 17 and decided to head off to the USA to seek fame and fortune (he has also won championships in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, France and Italy). “I toured the USA doing the racing circuit from July 1987 until September 1988. I then went to Europe to do the circuit there, and it was at that point that I spread the word that I wanted to set the world record for jumping a quad over cars.” Crazy though this may sound, Matt wasn’t short of backing: “A promoter in Holland took up the challenge fairly quickly and I did my first jump in Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, where I jumped seven cars.” Not satisfied with this terrifying feat, he stretched the challenge to 10 cars in that same year and, in his own words, “my show career was born.” He developed his act and tailored it to fit in with the agricultural shows. “The farmers love seeing a crazy Aussie jumping over tractors at the shows.”

I ask what seems like the obvious question – has he ever fallen off? “Oh yes,” he replies quickly. “The two paddle steamer jumps I did down at a theme park in Cornwall in 1991 and 1992 nearly killed me, and to this day they are still playing on TV shows all over the world. The first was in 1991 and I hit the top of the boat and somersaulted into the water. I tried it again in 1992 and this time cleared the boat and the river, but crashed on landing breaking my left leg so badly that the doctors wanted to amputate it.” Has this slowed him down at all? “I have done my whole career with a dodgy leg and just got on with it really.” That’ll be a no then.

“I have never thought it was as more dangerous doing my stunts than it is living normal life and having to keep out of trouble just driving to the shops.

“There sure are some crazy people on the roads.”

Matt has set the world record for quad jumping and has also jumped a flying plane on two separate occasions. He also once set a world speed record on a quad bike, “with a deaf and blind man at the controls and me sitting behind him using touch signals. I used to be a regular on television, doing all sorts of crazy stunts”.

With all this under his belt, I ask what Matt thinks is his greatest achievement to date. His answer is surprisingly pragmatic: “Hmm…that would have to be still 
being alive.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Academy Award nominee, beloved comedienne, and organic cattle herder: Dame Julie Walters is certainly a woman of many talents both on and off the screen

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

This year marks the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein. Amanda Hodges explores its Sussex connections

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

As giant snails take over Brighton and Hove between September and November 2018, Sally Turner speaks to an artist behind two distinctive snail designs about what inspired her creations

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search