Crusty demons Gladstone bound
GLADSTONE will play host to the masters of freestyle motocross when the Crusty Demons East Coast Carnage Tour rocks into the harbour city on May 27.
The world's top riders will perform their death-defying two wheel bike antics at Marley Brown Oval as part of the world's biggest regional freestyle motocross (FMX) tour.
Crusty Touring Australia (CTA) had originally planned to stage the event in Rockhampton but were won over by Gladstone's proven ability to stage showcase events.
CTA promoter Mike Porra phoned The Observer general manager Peter White and within two days had a deal.
"It really was just a matter of us working with a group of people who want to assist us in making the event a reality,'' Mr Porra said.
"I am delighted to announce that the Crusty Demons international FMX show is now coming to Gladstone.''
Mr White was excited to have the world-renowned show coming to Gladstone.
"We are absolutely delighted to have secured this truly international show for Gladstone,'' he said.
"We expect 10,000 people to attend the show and more than $500,000 to be injected into the local economy.''
Boasting the biggest tricks in one of the most popular extreme youth sports in the world, the tour features an awesome lineup of riders including 'Mad' Mike Jones, X Games medalist Adam Jones and England's No.1 rider Luke Smith.
Also on the bill are quad back flipper Jon Guetter and Alaska's Jimmy Blaze, the only man in the world to flip a snow mobile ramp to ramp.
Also not to be missed are the 50s mini-bike riders, including Gladstone's own Kain Saul, who are not afraid to try anything on board their modified machines.
In another first for the Crustys, the show will be performed on the first-ever million dollar, fully transportable FMX set with the world's biggest portable 12.2-metre wide down ramp.
The set consists of two truckloads of purpose-designed interlocking rubber flooring and a multi-million dollar sound system. Gladstone fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Crusty Demons website at www.crusty.com when they go on sale on May 1.
The Observer will also launch a major promotion with plenty of prizes up for grabs in support of the Crusty Demons event. Keep an eye out in future editions of The Observer for more details.